Heads It’s Kieron With Crucial Goal For Steve’s Bluebirds

Coach Steve Morison’s young Bluebirds remain unbeaten after three Professional Under-23 Development League matches under his leadership.

Kieron Evans scored a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw for Morison’s men against Ipswich Town at Cardiff City Stadium after they had earned wins in their previous two games.

Morison made four changes from the last fixture, calling up goalkeeper Matt Hall, Sam Parsons, Jack Bodenham and Sion Spence.

Jay Williams and Camron McWilliams, both on trial from Northampton Town, plus Bedford-born defender Ciaran Jones, who joined Cardiff on trial after being released by Norwich, all made their second appearance for City’s under-23 team.

Williams, aged 19, has made 11 first team appearances for Northampton and was named the club’s Academy Player of the Season in 2018-19, while 18-year-old McWilliams can play at right-back or in midfield.

Under-23 action: Cardiff City v Ipswich Town. Pic: CCFC.

Tall centre-back Jones, who is 20-years-old, was raised in Luton and, after spending his under-10 season at Brentford, started playing for the his home town club at under-11 and continued all the way through his youth scholarship.

He scored the winner in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup final, heading the only goal on the hour as Luton’s under-18 team defeated Wigan 1-0 at Kenilworth Road.

Jones joined Norwich City’s under-23 squad during June 2018 and then came to South Wales after being released.

Teenager Kieron Evans, from Brithdir in New Tredegar, scored Cardiff’s 82nd minute equaliser against Ipswich Town. 

Evans, a creative, energetic and tricky midfield player with pace and power, is a former Heolddu Comprehensive School pupil. He was first spotted by Cardiff City at the ‘Basin’ field playing for local team Bargoed YM. 

His goal – Evans’ second at under-23 level – came when he headed in at the far post from a beautifully delivered cross.

Cardiff City’;s new under-23 development team coach – Steve Morison. Pic: CCFC

Tom Sang went close with a shot which flew just over the Ipswich bar, while Mark Harris touched just wide of a post from left-back Sam Parsons’ cross from the left.

Cardiff goalkeeper Matt Hall saved superbly to deny powerful forward Tyreece Simpson just after the hour.

Jac Davies went for goal from close range after 80 minutes and Wales youth international goalkeeper Adam Przybek made an outstanding save.

Davies quickly took the resulting corner and his cross was spot on with Evans netting to complete the 1-1 scoreline.

The home team almost won it when Jones headed agonisingly wide of the left post from an Evans corner, but Morison’s young men had to settle for a point. 

Tom Sang was Cardiff’s man of the match and McWilliams also caught the eye in a solid team performance.

The next fixture for Cardiff’s under-23 team is against Charlton Athletic away on Thursday, March 12 (2pm). That is followed by Queens Park Rangers (home, Monday, March 16, 1pm), Leeds United (away, Friday, March 20, 1pm) and Crewe (away, Monday, April 6, 1pm).

City’s under-18 team are next ing action against Nottingham Forest at home on Saturday, March 21 (noon).

Cardiff City: Matt Hall, Camron McWilliams, Jack Bodenham, Ciaran Jones, Sam Parsons, Tavio D’Almeida (capt), Jay Williams (Eli King 52), Tom Sang (Ruben Colwill 71), Sion Spence (Davies 52), Kieron Evans, Mark Harris. Subs: Brad Stewart (gk), Ryan Kavanagh

Ipswich Town: Adam Przybek, Janoi Donacien, Miles Kenlock, Connor O’Reilly, Corrie Ndaba, Brett McGavin, Ben Morris (capt), Thomas Hughes (Dylan Crowe 77), Armando Dobra, Tyreese Simpson (Zak Brown 70), Liam Gibbs (Healey 77). Subs not used: Antoni Bort (gk), Allan Viral.

Professional Under-23 Development League

#   Team MP W D L F A D P
1 delta_plus.gif Watford 23 12 5 6 52 37 +15 41
2 delta_plus.gif Coventry City 21 11 5 5 33 28 +5 38
3 delta_plus.gif Millwall 20 11 4 5 35 22 +13 37
4 delta_min.gif Cardiff City 21 9 4 8 31 35 -4 31
5 delta_min.gif Charlton Ath 20 8 6 6 39 32 +7 30
6 delta_plus.gif Queens PR 21 7 8 6 40 35 +5 29
7 Ipswich Town 19 6 4 9 30 35 -5 22
8 delta_min.gif Bristol City 20 6 4 10 27 39 -12 22
9 delta_min.gif Crystal Palace 21 4 4 13 27 38 -11 16
10 delta_min.gif Colchester Utd 20 4 4 12 29 49 -20 16

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