After two heavy away defeats 8-4 and 7-1 to Aberystwyth and Penybont respectively the young bluebirds Development Squad showed that they are getting to grips with the demands of the Welsh Premier Development league with a convincing home victory over Merthyr Town. It was always going to need a period of adjustment this season as Steve Batty lost the services of a number of eligible star players from last years under 19 side as they moved on to university education.
In a dominant performance the Bluebirds took the lead on 20 minutes with a cracking 20 yard goal from captain Glen Fetini. Although the bluebirds maintained possession throughout, they couldn't add to their lead before half time.
The 2nd half continued in the same manner with bluebirds pressing and after 50 minutes the breakthrough came from an unlikely source when Scott Jones found himself on the edge of the Merthyr area and calmly placed his shot into the corner from 18 yds. Manager Steve Batty then introduced pacey winger Paul Miller who scored a rapid hat trick in 20 minutes. His first was an individual effort where he calmly rounded the keeper before slotting in, then Spencer Williams threaded a sublime pass for Miller to race through and again round the keeper. His third goal was a fine solo effort, this time racing clear from a channel ball he lashed home a volley from 18 yds. Sean O Neill also got on the score sheet with a neat finish after being introduced late on.
Manager Steve Batty was delighted with the win ' Its great to get back to winning ways after 2 heavy defeats, and the manner in which we did it was in keeping with our footballing philosophy. There were also some very pleasing individual performances which allowed our more technical players to influence the game'.
The next fixture comes around quickly with another home game on Sunday 11th October v Taffs Well in a Welsh Cup game. Kick Off is at 2pm.