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Report: Cardiff City U23s 3-2 Bristol City U23s

City’s development group fell to defeat in the Under-23s Severnside Derby, despite a good showing from Alex Ball’s young side, who would hit the woodwork twice.

The sides went into half-time all square through a late goal each but Cardiff would go on to open up a two-goal lead in the second half, before a late consolation from Louis Britton rounded off the five-goal encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Jojo Wollacott took his position in the Robins goal, with Harvey Smith captaining the side in South Wales. Meanwhile, the match winner over Crystal Palace, Sam Bell, started on the bench.

The young Robins threatened earliest and Freddie Hinds - pictured - saw sight of goal, before Opi Edwards struck the post with a free kick.

Cardiff would draw first blood however, opening the scores in the 43rd minute through Laurence Wootton. They thought they would take a first-half lead but Edwards equalised only a minute later with a shot from the edge of the area.

City started the second half brightly and Britton saw a header saved before Mark Harris put the young Bluebirds back in front seven minutes after the break. They managed a two-goal cushion with 20 minutes to play too, when Sion Spence found the back of the net with a shot from the edge of the area.

City rallied and Ricardo Rees was unfortunate twice, first shooting straight at the keeper before seeing a deflected effort hit the crossbar on a night where better finishing would, on another day, have helped the Robins secure a result.

Britton would score in injury time to make it 3-2, latching on to Sam Pearson’s pass. Britton’s first effort was saved but he smashed home the rebound though it would be too little, too late.

City U23s: Wollacott, Edwards, Webb, C. Pearson (S Pearson, 70), H. Smith (C), Towler (Scott, 70), Harper, J.E. Taylor, Britton, Hinds (Bell, 61), Rees. Subs: Wiles-Richards, J. Taylor.