Saturday 27th April 2024
Swansea City FC Youth Academy Training Centre

SWA Swansea


BAR Barnsley

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27th April
Sammy Henia-Kamau

Swansea City Under-18s returned to winning ways with a comfortable Professional Development League victory against Barnsley at Landore.

A first-half Sammy Henia-Kamau brace was enough to see the Swans pick up their first win in four matches. 

The forward scored early on from close range to give the hosts the lead, and added his second from the penalty spot before the interval.

Coach Jarred Harvey had made three changes from last week’s defeat at Sheffield United, with Callum Deacon, Cameron Llewellyn and a trialst coming into the side. 

The hosts were also forced into a late change just before the game, with keeper Kit Margetson being replaced by 15-year-old Tom Wright, who made his debut for the age-grade side.

The Swans were able to deal with early pressure from the Tykes, before Henia-Kamau opened the scoring.

The Swans trialist saw his initial shot saved by Rogan Ravenhill, but the ball fell kindly for the forward to tuck away the rebound.

A great chance soon fell to Llewellyn at the end of a quick counter-attack, but his effort was saved by Ravenhill.

Barnsley’s first chance came from a set-piece. A good delivery from a trialist saw Will Thompson rise highest, but he was unable to get his header on target. 

Even so, the Swans were in control of the contest and they added a second goal just before half-time when Brogan Popham was brought down in the area and Henia-Kamau dispatched the spot-kick into the bottom corner.

The Swans started the second half like they had ended the first, and they nearly added a third goal when Ramon Rees-Siso played in Llewellyn, but the winger’s low shot went agonisingly wide of the post.

Josh Pescatore then had an effort from distance blocked, before Wright did well to save Luke Alker’s close-range effort at the other end.

Alker was also denied by a good block from Popham, before the Swans countered and Ravenhill denied Llewellyn once again.

The Barnsley keeper would also do well to keep out a Thomas Woodward effort in the closing moments as the Swans eased to victory.

Swansea City Under-18s: Tom Wright, Aidan Higgins (Billy Clarke 66), Josh Pescatore, Harlan Perry, Brogan Popham, Callum Deacon (Kaven Bloniarczyk 45), Cameron Llewellyn, Thomas Woodward, Trialist, Ramon Rees-Siso (Kai Rhodes 90), Sammy Henia-Kamau.

Unused substitutes: Milo Robinson, Harvey Gray.

Barnsley Under-18s: Rogan Ravenhill, Kallum Reid (Max Rayner 72), Trialist (Arley Kay 72), Trialist, Will Thompson, Bayley Mccann (Geoffrey Lundoloki 30), Vimal Yoganathan, Malachi Mbogba (Owen Warburton 63), Luke Alker, Kieran Graham (Jack Woodcock 72), Emmaisa Nzondo.