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Report from this afternoon's Under-18 clash with Cardiff City

Under-18 Report | Watford 2-0 Cardiff City

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A goal in each half from Louis Rogers and Dion Pereira secured a deserved three points for Watford's Under-18s against Cardiff City at UCL this afternoon (March 28).

In the Hornets' first league outing since returning from a successful trip to Japan, Dave Horseman's side wasted little time in stamping their authority on this afternoon's proceedings. 

With the wind at their backs in the first-half, a long-ball could only be flicked behind by a Cardiff defender after just two minutes. Josh Roe's resulting corner found its way to fellow midfielder Louis Rogers, who had the simple task of nodding home from six-yards out.

The rest of the half continued in a similar fashion, with relentless traffic heading towards the Cardiff goal. Both Pereira and forward Treon Johnson were causing constant problems for the visiting defence, with the latter coming the closest, but he couldn't quite stab his effort on target from close-range. 

It was central midfielder Roe, however, who came closest to doubling the Golden Boys' advantage in the first 45. His fine curling effort from the edge of the area was well saved by Cardiff's goalkeeper George Ratcliffe. 

The second-half saw the Hornets continue to create chances, with home 'keeper Nathan Gartside well shielded by central defenders Max Ryan and Ben Jones and rarely tested.

Substitute Jubril Adedeji almost made an immediate impact upon his arrival, cutting in from the left before striking a thunderous effort which whistled just the wrong side of the upright before striking a long-range free-kick narrowly over too. 

However, the second and match clinching goal did eventually arrive thanks to a Pereira strike in the 88th minute. The tricky winger was released through the middle before clinically finishing under the onrushing Ratcliffe and sealing the three points in the process. 

HORNETS | Gartside (GK); Sesay, Jones, Ryan, Gordon (Trialist, 75); Stray (c), Roe, Rogers, Forster (Empson, 60); Pereira, Johnson (Adedeji, 60).

Subs not used | Huja