Kenwyne Jones scores dramatic Cardiff goal as Bluebirds edge past Brentford FC.
Trinidad-born Kenwyne Jones was pivotal in securing the win for Cardiff City F.C. against Brentford FC in Tuesday's dramatic showdown that saw the rivals both aggressively seeking club promotion this season.
Bluebird loyalists were in for a trio of goal treats from their beloved team, which started in the 20th minute.
Tony Watts found himself in the right place at the right time after a lapse in defensive judgement from the Brentford line, bringing Cardiff a notch ahead on the scoreboard.
From then, Cardiff placed themselves in the driver's seat, as skipper Jones followed in for a rebound after a goal attempt that was saved by the opposing goalkeeper, David Button.
Kenwyne was not to be denied the second time around, and by the end of the first half the Boys in Blue enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 lead over their visiting challengers.
In the second half, however, the Bees stung back with full force. With goals conceded in the 69th and 86th minutes thanks to footwork by Brentford FC's Jake Bidwell and John Swift respectively, Cardiff were certainly in need of a late clincher to seal the deal.
That cool and composed winning shot at goal came from Kenwyne Jones in the dying moments of the game, striking past the stunned Brentford goalkeeper in the 93rd minute and securing a 3-2 victory for the Russell Slade-led Cardiff City.
Jones highly commended his teammates for holding collective composure to the end. "In the second half, Brentford came out with a vengeance, and we needed to hold the fort when it mattered the most.
They applied the pressure, and the boys never lost faith. Fábio (Da Silva) presented an excellent opportunity down the left in those last few minutes, he and I vibed in a split moment, and then I was able to connect with the net." Jones has now scored a whopping 18 goals since joining the club in January 2014.
Speaking on his future at the club, the 6'2 striker was quick to dismiss recent media reports surrounding negotiation talks with Cardiff City FC management. "Right now, club promotion is everyone's primary focus. I'm really just enjoying my time here at Cardiff with Coach (Russell Slade) and the lads, especially with (Tony) Watts now in the mix, and it's been a good experience working day by day to get the job done. The fans continue to be especially fantastic, and of course that support drives the team to want to finish well."
Now ranked 7th in the Championship standings, the Bluebirds travel to St. Andrews Stadium to face Birmingham on Friday evening in their continued quest for club promotion.
Additionally, Cardiff City FC Fans can also look forward to hosting Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the Emirates F.A. Cup during the weekend of 8-11 January 2016.