Cardiff City FC Under-18’s demolish Colchester 5 – 0

Terry Phillips saw a convincing win for the young Bluebirds, his match report is here for your reading pleasure.

Craig Bellamy’s young Bluebirds started their season in style with a 5-0 win against Colchester United at Cardiff International Sports Campus.

Dan Griffiths (2), Sam Bowen, Sion Spence and Isaac Davies scored the goals for Cardiff’s under-18 team, while goalkeeper George Ratcliffe kept a clean sheet.

All the goals came in the first 34 minutes and Cardiff City could have added to their tally during a match they dominated.

Ryan Reynolds went close when his header was cleared off the line, while Ratcliffe denied Colchester a goal when he made an outstanding save from Todd Miller.

Griffiths netted the first goal after nine minutes, while Bowen made it 2-0 (17 mins) and Spence chipped the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 on 22 minutes.

Griffiths struck again when he headed in from a narrow angle just after the half hour before centre-forward Isaak Davies, who is from Aberdare and has been with the Bluebirds since the age of seven, added number five (34).

Left-footed Joel Bagan, who joined Cardiff from Southampton, impressed and Barry-born midfield player Spence capped a solid personal performance with his beautifully finished goal.

Bellamy’s team are at home again next Saturday when they entertain Birmingham City (11am).

Cardiff City: George Ratcliffe, Ryan Kavanagh Trystan Jones 59), Ben Margetson (Connor Davies 59), Ryan Reynolds, Joel Bagan, Keenan Patten, Isaak Davies (Jac Davies 75), Sam Bowen, Dan Griffiths, Sion Spence, Rubin Colwill. Subs not used: Jordan Duffy (gk), Ntazana Mayembe.