Annis Abraham : A deserted Cardiff City Stadium saw City’s youngsters save the day


Joe Ralls,Declan John and Kadeem Harris all played well in a unconvincing footballing display,which saw City stroll through to the next round.

Will this win kick start our season, a big No from me.
Lets wait on Slades New arrivals.

My View/Opinion

Cardiff City 3 v Colchester 1
FAC Cup 3rd Rd

Crowd 4,194

Team line up
Moore, Brayford, Turner, Connolly, John, Whittingham, Adeyemi, Ralls, Harris, Noone, Macheda.

subs: Wilson, Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Kim, Le Fondre, Jones.

A strong Cardiff City team ran out to a near empty stadium against 2nd from bottom Colchester of Division 1.

A small crowd of youngsters tried to gather together to make an atmosphere in the Ninian Stand, but by the 5th minute the City stewards had been ordered in to disperse them.

Cardiff had just come out of a dismal December to forget. Thrashed by Bournemouth, Brentford and Watford and abject in drawing 0-0 at home to Rotherham and 1-1 away to 10-man Charlton, they have been woeful.

It was a slow start by City against a very poor Colchester team, Cardiff looked like they were lacking in confidence just by how they were passing back instead of forward.

in the 12th minute Joe Ralls had a good shot saved by Colchester’s keeper Walker.

In the 18th minute Colchester had a shot saved and then in the 20th minute Colchester had a header just wide of the Cardiff goal.

By the 28th minute City had made no real threat on the Colchester goal.

Then Declan John had an attempt,followed by a Whittingham corner that went over the far post.

GOAL – 33rd minute City scored through a Jo Ralls shot deflected in by a Colchester player.

1-0 City.

Adeyemi had a shot saved in the 37th min.

City goalie Moore made a great save in the 38th minute.

Over all City were poor,but thankfully went in winning the game.

Half Time City 1 Colchester 0

Another slow start by City and then yet again another City youngster Kadeem Harris scores to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute.
59th minute Kenwyne Jones for Macheda who contributed nothing.

Bang first touch Jones scores 3-0.

Poor marking led to Colchesters goal in the 73rd minute 3-1
Colchester then poured forward.

84th minute Fabio on for a poor Craig Noone.

Anxious last 15 minutes as Colchester kept going forward, in the 87th minute Connolly had to kick a certain goal away from the edge of the goal line.

My man of the match Joe Ralls.

Full Time City 3 Colchester 1
The positive from this game was the City younger ones showed the older City players who were playing, how to win a game and keep going.

Next up, a tough game against strugglers Fulham.