Report: Cardiff City Under-18s 1 Blues Under-18s 3

I thought we really controlled the game.

Martyn Olorenshaw

Blues Under-18s returned to winning ways as they beat Cardiff City in the Professional Development League on Saturday.

The team had been held on home soil by Watford a week previous but put in an impressive display in South Wales to record their third win in four and take another step towards the end of season play-offs.

Blues took the lead through George Hall when he converted Kieran Wakefield's cutback after 25 minutes, but went into the break level after Cardiff equalised against the run of play.

The lead was restored after sharp build-up work between Jordan James and Rico Patterson presented an opportunity that Callum Sullivan took with 25 minutes remaining.

And having been involved in the construction of goal number two, James then got himself on the scoresheet as he found the top corner with a left-footed effort after Blues had pinched possession in the Bluebirds half.  

Following the match, spoke with a delighted Martyn Olorenshaw.

Reflecting on the match, the Assistant Coach spoke highly of the side’s display and how they were able to increase their performance levels throughout the contest.  

He explained: “We were really pleased to go and win away from home. It was a long journey, so it is nice to travel home with a win – especially when you’ve played quite well.

“I thought we really controlled the game. In the first-half we had a lot of the ball in the back and midfield areas and we could have hurt them more than we did, but we had control and made them work hard to get the ball off us.

“Second-half we hurt them more and showed a lot of patience in the game.”

Having chalked up three goals in successive away matches, Olorenshaw went on to assess how it was not only the variety of scorers but the quality of each goal that pleased him.

He said: “They were three really good goals. The first two we worked the ball through the pitch down the left-hand side, good combination play and breaking of the last line. We felt we could have some joy against Cardiff doing this so it is nice to have something we have spoken about during the week come off.

“The third goal we have pinched the ball high and James has put it into the top corner.”

Blues have games versus Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City remaining in their regular-season calendar, with just three points at most needed to guarantee a top-two finish and a play-off spot.

But the Assistant Coach is ensuring the players continue to focus on the upcoming fixtures and not get carried away by looking too far into the future.

Olorenshaw said: “It is a big push now to get into the play-offs. Sheffield Wednesday will be quite tough but a win in the last two should get us into the play-offs and that would be a brilliant achievement from all the players and staff this season.

“It is nice to be fighting for something. We aren’t going over the top with it, we are taking it game by game.”

Blues: Mayo, Sullivan, Fogarty, Nguepissi, Barratt, Manton, Hall, James, Bellingham (Khela 60), Wakefield, Patterson.

Unused substitutes: Brooks 

Goalscorers: George Hall 25, Callum Sullivan 65, Jordan James 70.