Gary Madine. Pic: Cardiff City

Captain Will’s Under-23 Bluebirds Slip Up Against Blues

Cardiff City 0, Birmingham City 1

Will Vaulks was named captain for Cardiff City in their Professional Under-23 Development League match against Birmingham City at Cardiff Sports Campus and Gary Madine led the attack.

But coach Andy Legg’s Bluebirds slipped up against the Blues with midfield playmaker John Concannon firing the Birmingham winner.

Worcestershire-born Concannon, aged 19, struck just before half-time and that proved to be the only goal of the match.

Madine went close with a shot from 15 yards, but goalkeeper Moha Ramos touched the ball wide. Centre-forward Madine had another first half effort saved by Ramos, a teenage goalkeeper signed on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

Ramos, a 19-year-old born on Tenerife, was in outstanding form for Birmingham, while Bluebirds ‘keeper Matt Hall made a series of quality saves.

Cardiff City’s Will Vaulks.

Ciaron Brown defended well at the heart of the back four, while Jake Evans played a major role in midfield.

Former Auxerre midfield player Tavio d’Almeida suffered when he collided with Ramos. Both teenagers had treatment and were able to play on.

Cardiff City: Matt Hall, Cameron Coxe, Joel Bagan, Tavio d’Almeida (Tom Sang 60), Ciaron Brown, Ben Margetson (Ryan Pryce 66), Jake Evans, Will Vaulks (capt), Gary Madine, Laurence Wootton, Shamar Moore (Sam Bowen 60). Subs: Trystan Jones, Jamie Cogman (gk), Sam Bowen.

Professional Under-23 Development League fixtures


Monday 11: Bristol City v Cardiff City

Monday 25: Cardiff City v Charlton Athletic


Monday 9: Watford v Cardiff City

Monday 16: QPR v Cardiff City


Monday 6: Cardiff City v Coventry City

Monday 13: Cardiff City v Colchester United

Monday 20: Coventry City v Cardiff City

Monday 27: Crystal Palace v Cardiff City


Monday 3: Millwall v Cardiff City

Monday 10: Cardiff City v Bristol City

Monday 17: Charlton Athletic v Cardiff City


Monday 2: Cardiff City v Watford

Monday 9: Cardiff City v Ipswich Town

Monday 16: Cardiff City v QPR

Monday 23: Leeds United v Cardiff City

Monday 30: Cardiff City v Burnley


Monday 6: Crewe Alex v Cardiff City

Monday 20: Cardiff City v Hull City

Monday 27: Wigan Athletic v Cardiff City

Bluebirds under-18 action. Pic: CCFC

Cardiff City 2, Bristol City 2

Eli King fired a late equaliser for Cardiff City in their Professional Under-18 Development League clash with Bristol City.

The match was played at Cardiff Sports Campus and the Bluebirds earned a point thanks to goals from Harry Pinchard and King.

Tommy Conway fired the Robins ahead after three minutes, dribbling past goalkeeper Jamie Cogan to fire into an empty net, and that was the only first half goal.

Pinchard equalised five minutes into the second half and he was denied a second on the hour by an outstanding save by goalkeeper Aaron Sainsbury.

Max Williams put Bristol City 2-1 ahead after 64 minutes, while King completed the scoring in the last minute. His shot took a major deflection and left goalkeeper Sainsbury helpless.

Bristol City: Sainsbury, Taylor, Allen, Towler, Low (cape), Pearson, Francois (Lott 62), M Williams (Henry 85), Conway, Benarous, Gould (South-Thomas 87). Subs not used: Smith, N Williams. 

Cardiff City: Jamie Cogman, Owen Pritchard, Sam Parsons (capt), Ryan Kavanagh, Josh Rippon, Eli King, Ntazana Mayembe, Harry Pinchard, Isaak Davies, Kieron Evans (Ruben Colwill 72), Siyabonga Ligendza (Fraser Thomas 80). Subs not used: Brad Stewart (gk), Aidan McNamara.

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