Copp brace earns U18s draw

4th February 2014

Kyle Copp scored twice to earn Swansea City Under-18s a 2-2 draw at Millwall on Saturday.

Despite a lengthy five-and-a-half hour journey to London causing a delay to kick-off, the Swans started brightly and dominated possession during the first-half.

Copp twice put the visitors in front, but the hosts managed to level on both occasions.

Saturday's game also saw a return to action for Owain Jones, who had spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, and an introduction to the fold for Under-16 player Ashley Harries.

Speaking after the game, Youth Team Coach Cameron Toshack was keen to highlight his delight in the progress being made by the young Swans over recent weeks.

"I can't speak highly enough of the group," declared Toshack. "The boys acquitted themselves very, very well from the word go after a difficult journey to Millwall. 

"As a group we did really well, and we probably should have won the game, but you don't always get what you deserve. Sometimes you have to go and take it because they won't give it to you.

"It was disappointing that we couldn't defend the long ball forward for their second equaliser, but apart from that, the way we passed the ball about and the movement we had was very pleasing. 

"We've worked on quite a bit over the last four or five weeks, and we are moving in the right direction and progressing week-on-week. 

"From my perspective, as a group and as individuals they are developing, which is very pleasing."

The young Swans are next in action this weekend when they play Brentford on Saturday before facing Port Talbot on Sunday.

The fixture double header will be a test for Toshack's side, but one the Youth Team Coach is relishing.

"Next weekend we have two games in two days, which will be a test for us," he added. 

"Brentford have been together a long time and are a very strong, organised side, so it will interesting to see how we get on. 

"Then Port Talbot on the sunday is one which is close to the boys' hearts because it is just down the road.

"It will be a challenge for us, but we will be looking to win both games."