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Cotter and Chirewa on Target as Young U23s Side Beat Cardiff
Tuesday, 6th Oct 2020 14:54

Barry Cotter and Tawanda Chirewa were on target as a very young U23s side beat Cardiff City 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors game at Playford Road this afternoon.

The Welshmen took the lead after three minutes but Cotter levelled five minutes later with a shot from inside the box.

Two minutes into the second half, Chirewa (pictured), who made his senior debut for the Blues as a 16-year-old schoolboy in the EFL Trophy tie at Colchester last season, gave Town the lead when he shot into the top corner having been played in behind the visitors’ backline.

Missing from the last U23s team - and presumably therefore involved in some capacity in tonight’s EFL Trophy tie against Gillingham at Portman Road - were the likes of left-back Tommy Smith, centre-half Elkan Baggott, midfielders Liam Gibbs, Allan Viral and Ross Crane and strikers Ben Folami (pictured), Zak Brown and Tyreece Simpson.

Central defender Corrie Ndaba, who missed the last U23s game due to injury, and midfielder Brett McGavin were also not named in this afternoon’s XI, which was largely the U18s team.

The trialist may well have been Jesse Nwabueze, who has been with the club since pre-season and netted a penalty in the recent 3-2 friendly victory over Norwich City. The Nigerian wideman was previously at Crystal Palace.

U23s: White, O’Reilly (Wyss), Humphreys, Healy, Stewart (Kabongolo), Armin, Cotter, Cutbush, Trialist, Chiwera, Osbourne (Alexander). Unused: Ridd, Bareck.

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midastouch added 15:05 - Oct 6
Great effort from such a young team. Chirewa sounds an exciting prospect. He seems to be in good form as he also scored against Norwich U18s recently.

Blue_badge added 15:29 - Oct 6
"Ben Folami (pictured)" - no picture !

Monkey_Blue added 15:34 - Oct 6
What’s happened to Dylan Crowe? Big clubs were after him. I know he was injured last season but is he really not good enough to get in a weakened U23’s side?

arc added 15:54 - Oct 6
Cotter has got lost, hasn't he? He seemed on the verge of great things almost three years ago.

Linkboy13 added 16:53 - Oct 6
Great win for the boys, Cotter scored means people will be calling for him to play for the first team. Saw Crowe play last season twice looked woefully unfit for the u23s. The club are keeping very quiet about him which doesn't sound too good.

Len_Brennan added 18:53 - Oct 6
Given the side playing Gillingham tonight, it really is an indictment of how far Cotter has fallen to be playing for the u23s.

Monkey_Blue added 19:49 - Oct 6
My Bad, Crowe in on the bench

algarvefan added 22:19 - Oct 6
Great results all round tonight ................ Bloooooooooooooooooo Army!

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