Cardiff City v Posh Nationwide League Division 2 – 12 Jan 02
Venue: Ninian Park
Score: Cardiff City 0 v Peterborough Utd 2
Referee: Mark Warren
Peterborough United chalked up an impressive 2-0 victory at Cardiff City in Nationwide League Second Division action as Barry Fry’s men continued their recent run of good form with goals from Leon McKenzie and Neale Fenn at an intimidating Ninian Park setting.
Cardiff looked to begin this Second Division clash the way they finished against Leeds United with much of the attacking pressure, and Paul Brayson had a couple of decent chances in the opening five minutes.
Firstly, he rifled a shot towards goal only for Andy Edwards to clear to safety, before another effort from the former Newcastle United man on the edge of the penalty area required a save from Mark Tyler.
A 22nd minute corner kick for the home side was cleared with a powerful Marc Joseph header, and on the counter-attack Jimmy Bullard tried to slip David Farrell through on goal, only for Mark Bonner to make a mastered intervention.
Tom Williams did just enough to put Gavin Gordon off at the back post, with the £500,000 signing from Lincoln City looking to get on the end of a deep Legg cross in the 33rd minute.
Tyler was called upon to make a miraculous save on 37 minutes to deny Robert Earnshaw from point-blank range and Cardiff went close against a minute later when Legg’s swerving free-kick whistled just past the upright.
The home side were punished for their lack of conviction in front of goal when in first-half stoppage time, MCKENZIE beat Alexander to a Williams cross with a glancing header from six yards out, to take Posh in at the interval 1-0 leaders.
Tyler had to be alert in the 49th minute to prevent Earnshaw once again as Cardiff looked to get back on level terms, before home substitute Rhys Weston was called upon in the rear guard to cut out a Bullard pass with Neale Fenn lurking in the box.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker FENN got the better of his markers on 54 minutes however, receiving a neatly clipped ball from Farrell before firing a superb volley over the head of Alexander and into the back of the net to double the visitors’ advantage.
Earnshaw was denied by Tyler on a third occasion when his goalbound header was thwarted by the highly-rated shot stopper, but Posh defended stoutly and eased to the win
Cardiff: Neil Alexander, Andy Legg, Spencer Prior (sub Rhys Weston 39min), Danny Gabbidon, Graham Kavanagh, Robert Earnshaw, Willie Boland (sub Josh Low 59min), Paul Brayson, Mark Bonner, Scott Young and Gavin Gordon (sub Leo Fortune-West 58min)
Unused subs: Bowen, Maxwell Posh: Mark Tyler, Marc Joseph, Simon Rea (sub Dean Hooper 62min), Andy Edwards, David Farrell (sub Jon Cullen 74min), David Oldfield, Tom Williams, Jimmy Bullard, McKenzie (sub Andy Clarke 85min), Neale Fenn, Ciaran Toner
Unused subs: Dan Connor and Howard Forinton
Goal scorers: Leon McKenzie 45 mins and Neale Fenn 54mins.
Bookings: Spencer Prior and Leo Fortune-West (Cardiff). Andy Edwards, Tom Williams and Jon Cullen (Posh).