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Report | Cardiff 2-1 Wednesday

26 August 2023

Late, late drama and controversy punctuated a pulsating contest as Cardiff beat Wednesday by the odd goal in three.

When Barry Bannan cancelled out Ike Ugbo’s second half opener, it seemed the Owls' first point of the season was on the board.

But deep into added time, substitute Will Vaulks was adjudged to have handled in the box and Ryan Wintle scored from the spot to send Wednesday home pointless.

It was the Owls’ best performance of the season so far overall, though, and Xisco’s side certainly did not deserve to lose in such circumstances.


In truth, the game could have gone either way. A lively opening saw attacking intent from both sides - Manolis Siopis dragged wide for the hosts, while ex-Bluebird Callum Paterson and Bambo Diaby went close for the Owls.

There was nothing clear cut, though, until the 29th minute when Cardiff should have taken the lead.

Perry Ng ran into space down the right and sent an inviting cross into the path of the onrushing Yakou Meite, who somehow planted his header wide of the post.

Back came Wednesday and Juan Delgado smashed a long ranger over the bar and Paterson saw a fierce volley deflected off course just before the break.

But straight after half time, on 48 minutes, it was Cardiff who made the breakthrough. A deep cross from the right and nod back across goal caught Wednesday cold and Ugbo was on hand to thump home from close range.


It was hard on the Owls following an encouraging first half performance but it was almost compounded three minutes later.

Joe Ralls sent Callum O’Dowda bearing down on goal and Wednesday were grateful to the outrushing Devis Vasquez for dealing with the danger.

Cardiff keeper Jak Alnwick then excelled, stretching acrobatically to tip a Josh Windass header over the crossbar.

That triggered a spell of real Owls pressure and only desperate defending kept the lead intact.

But with 14 minutes to go, the resistance gave in as Wednesday levelled.

Bannan took possession 20 yards out, looked up, and picked his spot in trademark style to give the diving Alnwick no chance.


There seemed only one winner from that juncture and Windass slashed wide after taking advantage of a defensive mix-up.

The Owls finished the stronger but then came that decisive moment of drama. Vaulks flung himself to divert a Ng cross and the referee saw a handball.

Wintle did the necessaries from the spot, Wednesday were distraught, and the hunt for that elusive first point continues.

Wednesday: Vaquez, Paterson, Palmer, M Diaby, Bernard, Delgado (86), Bannan, Byers (Vaulks 62), Windass, Gregory (Bakinson 90+2), Smith (Fletcher 62)

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Ticket details: Cardiff v Wednesday

15 August 2023

The Owls travel to Cardiff on Saturday 26 August (3.00pm) in the Sky Bet Championship and ticket details have been confirmed.

We have an allocation of 2,836 for this all-ticket fixture.

Adult: £24
60 & over: £19
16–21: £14
Under 16: £11

There are 12 wheelchair spaces priced as above plus a companion free of charge.

Please note, the Cardiff City Stadium has a Safe Standing Section within each allocated block.

Supporters here have access to seats with independent barriers, allowing for safe standing.

Inter City Owl

Will depart from Hillsborough and Flat Street at 8.30am; adults £48 and children £47.

Tickets sales:

Wednesday 16 August (9:00am): Season Ticket holders with 780 or more TPP

Wednesday 16 August (2:00pm): Season Ticket holders with 730 or more TPP

Thursday 17 August (9:00am): Season Ticket holders with 680 or more TPP

Thursday 17 August (2:00pm): Season Ticket holders with 630 or more TPP

Friday 18 August (9:00am): Season Ticket holders with 580 or more TPP

Friday 18 August (2:00pm): Season Ticket holders with 530 or more TPP

Monday 21 August (9:00am): Season Ticket holders with 460 or more TPP

Monday 21 August (2:00pm): Season Ticket holders

Tuesday 22 August (9:00am): Members and Owls Foundation Members

Tuesday 22 August (2:00pm): General sale

Sale dates are subject to availability.

Online Priority Point sale periods - When we enter a new sale period where fewer Ticket Priority Points are required, supporters with tickets stored in their online basket from the previous phase of sale will have those removed.

Supporters who attend this game and purchase in advance will receive 10 Ticket Priority Points.

For certain away games, including this fixture, fans can choose the row and seat numbers when booking online.We are unable to group different bookings from different sale phases together.

Supporters must log in before purchase.

The game will only show as available to buy with the relevant amount of Ticket Priority Points. This can be found under the personal details tab.

Please note any junior ticket sold under an adult ID with no other adult tickets in the same transaction may be automatically refunded.

*A £1 booking fee per ticket is applicable for all orders online or by telephone.

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