MX23RW : Wednesday, September 19 07:40:34
Aug 8, 2015 at 12pm UK at ​Cardiff City Stadium
CardiffCardiff City
1-1
Fulham
Noone (86')
Pilkington (51')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Smith (47')
Dembele (85')

Result: Craig Noone equalises late on for Cardiff City

An equaliser inside the final five minutes from Craig Noone earns Cardiff City a 1-1 draw with Fulham in the Championship.

Craig Noone scored late on to give Cardiff City a 1-1 draw with Fulham in their opening match of the Championship season at the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.

Fulham defender Lasse Vigen Christensen challenges Cardiff striker Anthony Pilkington during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium on August 8, 2015 © Getty Images

The home side made the brighter start to the match as Peter Whittingham tried to set up Anthony Pilkington, who flicked it on for Joe Mason, but the ball ended up being blocked.

Fulham had to wait 20 minutes before they had their first sight of the Cardiff goal, with Matt Smith attempting to head in at the near post after Ross McCormack won a corner, but he could not keep his finish on target.

McCormack was involved against just before the break as Fulham finished the first half strongly, but he rifled the ball just wide against his old club to leave the sides level at the break.

The visitors broke the deadlock just a couple of minutes after the restart though as Ben Pringle tried his luck from the sideline with a 40-yard effort, which was fumbled by Simon Moore to leave Smith to tap the rebound in.

Pilkington had the ball in the back of the net down the other end three minutes later as Cardiff tried to get back on level terms, but his header was ruled out for offside.

Fulham responded again though as they attempted to consolidate their lead, with Dan Burn charging towards the home side's box before setting up McCormack, who saw his effort blocked just short of the line.

Matthew Connolly tried to make the most of some confusion in the Fulham box just after the hour mark, volleying towards the away side's net, but Shaun Hutchinson did just enough to block.

However, the home side managed to get back on level terms with just three minutes still to play as Noone cut in from the wing before curling a left-footed strike into the top corner, securing a point for Cardiff.

The visitors pushed for a late winner as Moussa Dembele tried to pick out McCormack with a through ball, but Connolly was there to make another stop, ensuring that the sides finished level.

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Joe Mason of Cardiff City during the pre season friendly match between Cardiff City and Watford at Cardiff City Stadium on July 28, 2015
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