Ipswich Town (u-23) 3, Cardiff City (u-23) 1
Teenager Shamar Moore, who has made one first team appearance for the Bluebirds this evening, scored Cardiff City’s goal in their Professional Under-23 Development League match against Ipswich Town.
Attacking player Moore, who replaced Isaac Vassell for the second half of the Carabao Cup tie against Luton Town, is a pacy forward who signed a professional contract with Cardiff after being released by Reading last summer.
The young Bluebirds were three goals down after 47 minutes before Moore scored their consolation with a low shot past goalkeeper Harry Wright into the bottom left corner.
Joy Mukena, Kai Brown and Tyreece Simpson put Ipswich in control at the Playford Road ground.
Cardiff started brightly and Ben Margetson went for goal from 20 yards after eight minutes only to be denied by an excellent Wright save, who went full length to tip the ball away for a corner.
Siyabonga Ligendza struck a post from a Moore cross after eight minutes and, at that stage, the visitors were on top.
Ipswich trialist Mukena put Ipswich ahead after 30 minutes. The centre-half curled a shot into the top corner from a Brett McGavin corner.
Brown scored a second for the home team when he shot low into the net from a low cross by trialist Levi Andoh and Cardiff were 3-0 down when Ipswich scored a third goal in 17 minutes.
That was scored 90 seconds into the second half when Simpson’s fierce shot went in after deflecting off the hand of Ryan Pryce.
City goalkeeper Matt Hall denied Ipswich a fourth with an outstanding save from a Tommy Hughes shot after 55 minutes before Moore fired home for Cardiff on 73 minutes.
Ipswich opened this season with six successive defeats, but have now earned back-to-back under-23 league victories.
Cardiff City now have successive under-23 home matches against Crystal Palace on Monday, October 28 and then Birmingham City early next month.
Ipswich Town under-23: Harry Wright, Levi Andoh, Joy Mukena, Corrie Ndaba, Bailey Clements (capt), Ryley Scott, Brett McGavin, Kai Brown, Tommy Hughes, Lounes Foudil, Tyreese Simpson. Subs not used: Jake Alley (gk), Colin Oppong, Liam Gibbs.
Cardiff City under-23: Matt Hall, William Warnock (Jac Davies 46), Tom Sang, Ben Margetson (Trystan Jones 73), Ryan Pryce, Joel Bagan, Laurence Wootton, Tavio D’Almeida (Eli King 71), Shamar Moore, Siyabonga Ligendza, Jacob Evans, Sub not used: Jamie Cogman (gk).
Professional Under-23 Development League
|2||Coventry City U23||6||4||1||1||11||9||+2||13|
|4||Bristol City U23||8||3||1||4||13||12||+1||10|
|6||Queens Park Ra…||8||2||3||3||14||16||-2||9|
|7||Cardiff City U23||7||3||0||4||10||16||-6||9|
|8||Crystal Palace U23||8||2||2||4||9||13||-4||8|
|10||Ipswich Town U23||8||2||0||6||13||18||-5||6|
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