Birmingham City 3 - 1 Cambridge United

Match info: League Cup - 1st Rnd at St Andrews Stadium

Date: 12/08/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref: T Robinson Att: 9,816

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Birm'ham

Clayton Donaldson 16
Mark Duffy 105+1
Paul Caddis 96

3
vs
1

Cambridge Utd

Ryan Donaldson 38

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: August 13 2014, 9:35 BST

Birmingham City finally broke their home hoodoo with a 3-1 Capital One Cup first round extra time win over Cambridge United to chalk up their first success at St. Andrew's since October 1.

Phil Caddis: Again came to Birmingham's rescue
Phil Caddis: Again came to Birmingham's rescue

Skipper Phil Caddis, who scored the vital goal in the final game at Bolton last season to keep Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship, again came to Birmingham's rescue with his 95th minute strike. Newcomer Mark Duffy added a third ten minutes later.

But Birmingham made hard work of their belated success after they had achieved an early break-through with the opening goal from Clayton Donaldson in the 16th minute.

Birmingham, however, were indebted a minute earlier to their Irish goalkeeper, Colin Doyle, who was making one of his rare appearances.

Twice in quick succession he saved from Kwesi Appiah and Adam Cunningham but in Birmingham's next attack Caddis slipped a pass into the path of the unmarked Donaldson who coolly picked his spot to score with a low shot to the left of goalkeeper Chris Dunn.

Cambridge, the League newcomers, competed well and it was Ryan Donaldson who put the U's back on level terms in the 37th minute with a fast solo run which he finished off in style with a low powerful shot from 20 yards.

The U's were boosted by this goal and a ragged Birmingham began to struggle. They were only kept in the game by Doyle's heroics highlighted with his one-on-one save to prevent Delano Sam-Yorke putting Cambridge ahead.

Cambridge took the game into extra time but were fortunate to survive as Clayton Donaldson's 89th minute effort off the back of his head hit the post from only a couple of yards.

But five minutes into extra time Caddis was on hand to crash a low shot through a packed defence and Duffy then added a third in the 105th minute.