Stewart goes close for Blues but visitors dominate at Portman Road
Macauley Southam and Rhys Healey both grabbed a brace each and Tommy O’Sullivan scored the other as the Bluebirds cruised to victory.
Town were missing a number of familiar faces, with Myles Kenlock, Adam McDonnell, Josh Emmanuel and Josh Yorwerth all travelling with the first-team squad to face Doncaster. Alex Henshall and Cameron Stewart did make starts for Blues, as did Jonathan Henly, who signed a one-year deal with the Club last week.
It was Town who looked the more likely side to open the scoring in the opening stages. Stewart provided a constant threat and crashed a free-kick off the bar from 20 yards before adding to his frustration minutes later when his curling effort from just outside the box hit the foot of the post.
The early pressure didn’t get any rewards and Cardiff edged in front with just minutes remaining in the first-half when Southam fired the ball into an empty net after Henly had beaten away Tyler Roche’s initial effort.
The second-half begun as the first ended, with Southam finding the net for the Bluebirds. He doubled the lead with less than a minute played, slamming the ball past a helpless Henly after Healey’s scuffed effort fell perfectly into his path.
Cardiff continued to grow into the game and impress, with Southam causing the Town defence all kinds of problems. It was his superb run which created the third goal; driving into the box, taking on a number of players before eventually finding his captain, O’Sullivan, who prodded the ball into the net from inside the six yard box.
Things continued to get worse for Town as Roche broke away down the left, using his pace to dart past Joe Robinson, before crossing for Healey who was waiting to nod past Henly.
Blues’ misery was compounded two minutes before the end when James Blanchfield tripped Healey in the box and the referee had no option but to point to the spot. Healey himself took the spot-kick, sending the Henly the wrong way to wrap up a comfortable win.
TOWN: Henly; Hammond; Bombelenga (Wolfenden, 61); Blanchfield; Fowler; Robinson (Ramadan, 78); Connolly; McLoughlin; Ford (Maynard, 61); Stewart; Henshall. Subs not used: Wright; Morris.