Cardiff City under-18 action. Pic: CCFC.

Hornets Stun Bluebirds With Late Development Strike

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. 

Cardiff City under-18 action. Pic: CCFC.

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

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