Sunday, May 04, 2008

Super finish to league campaign: City 3-0 Barnsley

City polished off the league season in style with a superb display at Ninian Park, seeing off their FA Cup co-semi finalists Barnsley 3-0.

In truth neither side had any league concerns and it could have been a typical end of season bore draw. But the City players still had to impress manager Dave Jones with THAT match coming up and they surely did - in spades.

To a man they were magnificent and a 1-0 half time lead courtesy of a superb move finished by Paul Parry was the least they deserved.

Playing the flowing football so often missing this season they added two more through Joe Ledley and a bizarre goal by Kevin McNaughton that looked from our end like it was a cross. They were so in command at times it looked like a training game, and there were plenty of "Ole's" in evidence from the 14,000 crowd.

The fans man of the match was Joe Ledley, but where we sat the consensus was on a brilliant match by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

After the final whistle the team did a lap of honour applauding the fans for their support this season to the sounds of "Men of Harlech", "Que sera", "Rockin' all over the world" and soon to be No. 1 "Bluebirds flying high". Great game, great result, great day.

Now there's just that little matter of an appointment with Portsmouth at Wembley on May 17th when hopefully the Bluebirds will take the FA Cup out of England for only the 2nd time, having been the side to do it previously in 1927.

C'mon you Bluebirds!

Just one downer. On a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, how come only 14,000 turned out to watch City's last game of the league season? Where are all those additional 11,000 "fans" that have tickets to the FA Cup Final, or the extra 19,000 that made the trip to the semi-final? Hmmm.

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