Darren Davies | Hard work paying off for under-18s

29th October 2022
Academy
Darren Davies
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Swansea City Under-18s’ coach Darren Davies believes the hard work is paying off for his side after victory at Reading gave them consecutive away wins and clean sheets.

The Swans netted two goals inside the final 20 minutes through Iwan Morgan and Kyrell Wilson to seal the three points in the Professional Development League.

Under-16s duo Yori Griffith and Thomas Woodward featured in the squad once again, after making their  debuts earlier in the week against Bristol City.

Woodward made an impact on his introduction as a substitute, setting up Wilson for the clinching goal to make it two assists in two appearances.

"It's our second win and clean sheet within a week, prior to that we have conceded far too many goals. The boys have worked very hard defensively and it is paying off," said coach Davies.

"We started slowly for 25 minutes or so, we were not the best team. We adjusted, we were more aggressive in our press and then we got higher up the pitch. 

"For the remainder of the game, we got in control and we were the better team. We were good defensively out of possession, and then we were good come the end of the game. 

"The boys are pleased, they've got smiles on their faces. I said to them in the changing room that we've scored two good goals and that's what it's about. 

"There are still big moments where we can be better, it's always a work in progress and we'll get back to it on Monday. 

"Again, we've got two young lads in [Griffith and Woodward] the team, and they've contributed really well. It's a team game, so right the way from the keeper to the unused substitutes, everyone has to contribute in some way.

"To summarise, it was another good working week. Defensively we were strong and sound. Once we adjusted into the game, we were much better.

"In youth development, if young men have smiles on their faces, that's what it's all about."

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