Cardiff City have secured their place in the Nathaniel MG Cup Second Round, after goals from Kieran Evans and Isaak Davies were enough to see off Cymru South side, Taffs Well, at USW Park.
After a 12-year absence from playing in Welsh domestic tournaments, Cardiff City and Newport County have both entered this year’s Nathaniel MG Cup as ‘wildcards’ and will be looking to make it all the way to the final.
Taffs Well didn’t go down without a fight however, providing a strong test for Steve Morison’s U-23 Cardiff side throughout the game. The low block the Wellmen employed frustrated City through the majority of the first half and it wasn’t until late into the period that Cardiff took the lead through Evans.
Other than this, there wasn’t much to speak of in terms of chances for either side through the opening 45 minutes. The fact that Taffs Well hadn’t played a competitive game since the Cymru South was cancelled earlier this year didn’t seem to phase them in the opening stages of the match.
But after Cardiff went into the break with a one goal lead, it seemed inevitable what the outcome of the match was going to be. As City started to control possession more, as they sat onto their lead comfortably, Taffs Well’s fitness levels were beginning to wear. There were some nice spells on the ball for the side, which only led to half chances midway through the second half, but nothing major enough to challenge Jamie Cogman in the Cardiff goal.
11 minutes before time, Cardiff sealed their place in the Second Round after Davies converted a spot kick which ended any hopes of a Taffs Well comeback in the last few minutes of the game. It was a good test for the Cardiff U-23 side who will hopefully learn more from playing in a more competitive environment.
Elsewhere, Llantwit Major also sealed their place in round 2 after coming back from a goal down to beat Llanelli Town 2-1 through Josh Jones and Cullen Kinsella strikes.
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