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Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff

By Andrew McKenzie

Joe Ledley
Ledley volleyed Cardiff in front

Joe Ledley scored the only goal to end Barnsley's FA Cup run and send Cardiff through to a final against Portsmouth.

Ledley volleyed them in front inside nine minutes after Barnsley failed to deal with a Tony Capaldi long throw.

The Tykes responded well but had keeper Luke Steele to thank for denying Trevor Sinclair from close range.

Steele also kept out a Gavin Rae header but Kayode Odejayi missed a glorious chance to level when he was put clean through on goal only to shoot wide.

It was by no means a Cup classic between two unlikely semi-final opponents from the Championship, but the early goal paved the way for a lively encounter.

But as with Saturday's opening semi-final at Wembley, one goal was enough to decide the game.


It came from the left boot of Cardiff-born midfielder Ledley, who reacted well to convert the first chance of the game.

Barnsley responded well to such an early setback and they enjoyed the lion's share of the first-half possession.

Dennis Souza had a header just past the post and Brian Howard wasted a good shooting chance after good work from Jamal Campbell-Ryce on the left.

The lively Odejayi got in front of Glenn Loovens at the near post but shot at Peter Enckelman.

However, Cardiff came even closer to adding to the scoreline when Steele failed to deal with a Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink shot but then did brilliantly to keep out Sinclair's follow-up.

Kayode Odejayi
Odejayi blew Barnsley's best chance of the game
Again Barnsley responded well with Istvan Ferenczi heading wide and then Sinclair cleared off the line to deny him.

The Tykes' top scorer Howard also tried his luck from long range and then headed wide from a Martin Devaney cross.

But Barnsley's need to throw men forward allowed Cardiff ample counter-attacking opportunities and Ledley was able to pick out Rae for a free header but it was too close to keeper Steele.

The moment Barnsley will rue came in the 66th minute when Odejayi was put clean through on goal and had all the time in the world to pick his spot past Peter Enckelman.

The striker scored the winner against Chelsea in the sixth round - his only goal since September - but he blew his big chance this time as he shot past the upright.

Pete Whittingham went close to giving Cardiff some daylight but his effort landed on the roof of the net.

It mattered little as Cardiff, who were playing at Wembley for the first time in 81 years, played out time to book another visit there in six weeks.

Barnsley: Steele, Van Homoet, Foster, Souza, Kozluk (Butterfield 86), Campbell-Ryce, Hassell, Howard, Devaney (Leon 68), Odejayi, Ferenczi (Coulson 65).
Subs Not Used: Letheren, Togwell.

Booked: Kozluk, Campbell-Ryce.

Cardiff: Enckelman, McNaughton (Ramsey 47), Johnson, Loovens, Capaldi, Ledley, Rae, McPhail, Sinclair (Thompson 61), Whittingham, Hasselbaink (Scimeca 88).
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Purse.

Booked: Whittingham, McPhail.

Goals: Ledley 9.

Att: 82,752.

Ref: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire).

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Joe Ledley (7.38 on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

see also
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06 Apr 08 |  Cardiff City
Sunday's football photos
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Enckelman wants Cardiff 'heroes'
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Struggling Barnsley make Cup vow
04 Apr 08 |  Barnsley
Barnsley's FA Cup run in photos
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Meet City's FA Cup slickers
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Jason Perry column
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