Watford (u-18) 3, Cardiff City (u-18) 2
The young Hornets stung Cardiff City with a last gasp winner in their Professional Under-18 Development League match at the University College London Athletic Ground, Shenley.
Josh Rippon had equalised for the Bluebirds after 86 minutes, but substitute Enoch Muwonge scored Watford’s winner in the final minute.
City deserved better after battling back in spirited style against a Watford team who are top of the PDL under-18 division and earned 22 points from their opening 10 mate he’s this season.
Ntazana Mayembe scored the first goal of the match from a close range strike, netting after 35 minutes.
Dominic Hutchinson’s shot from long range flew into the top corner to make the score 1-1 soon after and the same player put Watford in front on 69 minutes.
That goal came against the run of play, but the Bluebirds showed great character to dominate and Rippon’s headed goal made it 2-2.
City dominated for long spells in the second half, but they suffered heartbreak when Muwonge shot past their Australian goalkeeper Jaimie Cogman.
The next under-18 fixture for Cardiff is against Bristol City at Cardiff Sports Arena next weekend.
Cardiff City u-18: Jaimie Cogman, Owain Pritchard, Sam Parsons (capt), Rubin Colwill, Josh Rippon, Eli King, Harry Pinchard, Ryan Kavanagh, Ntazana Mayembe, Isaak Davies, Siyabonga Ligendza (Kieron Evans 71). Subs: Tom Chiabi, Brad Stewart (gk), Taylor Jones, Frazer Thomas.
Professional Under-23 Development League fixtures
Monday 28: Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
Monday 4: Cardiff City v Birmingham City
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