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Report: Bristol City Under-18s 1-0 Cardiff City Under-18s

Marcus Day’s first half strike ensured City Under-18s triumphed over their Cardiff City counterparts in the Severnside derby this morning (Saturday).

Day had the easy task of tapping in from close range, after some superb play from Sam Pearson on the right-hand side.

City had chances to add to the scoreline, but were unable to find the final pass needed to put the game to bed.

The victory means City keep their 100 per cent home record, and inflict a first defeat this season on Craig Bellamy’s Cardiff side.

In the game’s opening stages, most of the chances were falling to the away side. Isaac Davies was the first player to have an attempt on goal, but his strike dragged wide of Will Buse’s goal.

The Bluebirds used their early momentum and created another chance. Dan Griffiths flashed a ball across the City goal, but it evaded any touch from an attacker or defender and safely went out of play.

City’s first meaningful chance came from a free kick. Josh Owers floated a ball in, but lacked a touch from an attacker, which allowed the goalkeeper to claim it at the second attempt.

They would be in front shortly after that chance. Pearson did brilliantly to get beyond a Cardiff defender and put the ball across goal for Day, who couldn’t miss from close range.

The game’s opening goal spurred both teams into life, and Cardiff almost responded immediately. A cross came into the City box and was met by the head of an attacker, but Buse produced a brilliant stop to keep his side ahead.

Tackles were flying in from every angle, and a late challenge on Sam Pearson led to a scuffle involving many players from both sides, with Zac Smith eventually being cautioned.

The second half was more of the same for City, as they went forward in search of a second goal. Sam Bell did well to pounce on a poor back pass from a Cardiff defender, but didn’t get enough on his shot to find the back of the net.

As the game entered the last ten minutes, the away side began pouring men forward and had a golden chance to equalise through Griffiths, whose point-blank header really should’ve troubled Buse.

City almost added a second goal at the death through Tommy Conway. Pearson, who had been impressive all game on the right, delivered another great ball into the box for Conway, whose header was straight at the Cardiff goalkeeper.

Attention now turns to next week’s fixture away to Ipswich Town on Saturday September 22nd, with Trevor Challis’ side will hope to build on an impressive victory over their rivals.

City Under-18s: Buse, K.Smith, Soady, Owers, Lapota, S.Pearson, Z.Smith (C), Bell, Taylor (Harper), Day (Conway). Subs not used: C.Pearson, Sainsbury, Hall.

Written by Ryan Payne.