Cardiff Avoid Upset With 3-1 Win
Cardiff City survived a nervous first half before taking control of the tricky tie at a blustery Scholar's Ground.
Chasetown were comitted and determined to prove themsxelves and were restricting Cardiff effectively with the help of the first half wind.
The minnows took the lead to disbelief around the ground. The lively Steane crosses from the right and as McNaguhton backtracked, he succeeded only in knocking past Michael Oakes. Cue talk of a historic giantkilling.
Despite a number of corners, Cardiff were struggling to keep possession and were unable to break the resilient Chasetown defence down. Space was at a premium but Chasteown still found time to attack and Glenn Loovens in particular cut a nervous figure, nearly caught out on several occasions.
The game turned just moments before half time when Cardiff grabbed a late equaliser. Whittingham came in from the right, and unleashed a firm left footer into the corner. A rare moment of quality in a scrappy first half.
That was the break City needed and they controlled the second half, now with the wind and with the added composure of Aaron Ramsey in midfield while Ledley and Parry were able to get more involved.
Cardiff got ahead through teenage sensation Aaron Ramsey who read a scramble well and turned home from close range to cap a fine start for the youngster.
Paul Parry sealed the win with Cardiff's third, Parry spun and fired unsighted at goal and the ball went through the Chasetown keeper's legs and the job was done.
Chasetown were a credit to themselves and continued to show moments of danger, the hero of the last round Danny Smith looked lively as a substitute but 'Town were unable to carve open their more high-profile visitors.
Into the fourth round for Cardiff, and despite some early nerves, we avoided the upset and participated in a hard-fought, grass roots and enjoyable FA Cup tie.
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