Arthur Parker savours amazing feeling after FA Youth Cup win
Defender Arthur Parker savoured an "amazing feeling" after Swansea City Under-18s claimed a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town at Portman Road in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.
The opening half was an entertaining affair with chances for both sides, but the Swans were the ones to break the deadlock after Thomas Woodward finished calmly from Aimar Govea's delivery.
The visitors would double their lead minutes later with Rohan Davies chesting home after Govea had struck the woodwork.
The Tractor Boys pulled a goal back on the brink of half-time as Steven Turner converted a penalty, but there were no further goals in the second half as the Swans reached the fourth round for the first time since the 2020-2021 campaign.
And 17-year-old Parker was pleased to go one step further in the prestigious competition, following last season's third-round defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
"It was such an amazing atmosphere in the changing rooms after the game, that just shows how close we all are," said Parker.
"To win at this stadium, again, is amazing. I thought the boys put everything out there on that pitch and we went on to win the game.
"We scored two great goals, the boys didn't stop on the attack, they just kept fighting. We were disappointed to give away that penalty, and it was at a crucial moment just before half-time.
"But we listened to what the staff told us at half time, and we were solid for the next 45 minutes. There were some nervy moments, but we stuck together to make sure they didn't get that equaliser.
"Playing at a stadium is always a new and good experience, especially because the pitch is much bigger and gives you a feel of what men's football is like.
"My dad was also at the game, along with the boys' families and friends, and it just meant so much more that we got the victory in front of them."