Crowds flock to see Cardiff City in action against Barry Town

Crowds flock to see Cardiff City in action against Barry Town

STILL SINGNING: Barry Town United supporters rally the team (9005917)

STAND UP: Barry Town United and Cardiff City are applauded for their efforts (9005934)

ON THE BALL: Pitch action (9005940)

LEGEND: Barry Town supporter Rhys Deans with Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday evening

RACISM: The Barry players showed support for the Show Racism the Red Card campaign before kick-off

CROWD PLEASER: A four-figure crowd turned out for the third successive season at the Barry vs Cardiff match

COACH: Former Man United and South Africa defender Quinton Fortune arrives at Jenner Park

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A CROWD of 1,100 people attended Barry Town's annual friendly against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening; with a Bluebirds fringe side running out 3-0 winners.

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was among a host of familiar faces at Jenner Park, with former Manchester United team-mate Quinton Fortune handling coaching duties from the bench.

Both sides enjoyed chances early on, with Cardiff's Jaye Bowen having his shot saved by Town goalkeeper Dan Bradley before Barry's James Dixon shot wide at the opposite end.

It was the visitors however that would open the scoring; Anthony Bell beating Bradley with low, right-footed drive from distance in the 18th minute.

Played in torrential rain for much of its duration, the game took an unfortunate turn around the half hour mark, as Bluebirds captain Curtis Watkins was stretchered off.

When play resumed, Barry continued to compete against their neighbours from the Cardiff City Stadium, with full-back Geraint Frowen typifying the Welsh League side's endeavour.

Barry's resistance would be broken on the hour mark, as a deft flick-on header from one of City's Portuguese triallists effectively killed off the contest.

The third and final goal then came with five minutes remaining; the impressive David Tutonda brought down in the penalty area, before taking and scoring the spot kick himself.

Despite the result, this match was a terrific test for Gavin Chesterfield's side against high-quality opposition, ahead of this Monday's cup match with historic rivals Merthyr Town (7.45pm).

With another good crowd expected at Jenner Park for the August 11 fixture, tickets are on sale now from www.barry.ticketsource.co.uk at £5 each, with discounts for under-12s.

Supporters will also be able to pay at the turnstiles, with the Jenner Rooms once again open for refreshments.

Saturday's friendly at Aberdare Town has been cancelled to allow Barry to prepare for the tie; which must be settled on the night.

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