FRIENDLY: AFC Bournemouth 3 Swans 1
1st August 2014
A youthful Swansea City suffered defeat against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium.
Despite Lee Lucas going close with a 25-yard free kick early on, the home side led 2-0 at the break thanks to a double from winger Marc Pugh.
A Brett Pitman penalty made it three shortly after the interval before Jefferson Montero netted his first goal for the Swans with a deflected effort.
The Swans now travel to Reading on Saturday and boss Garry Monk is expected to make a number of changes against the Royals.
Scott Tancock, Lee Lucas and Alex Samuel come in from the Under-21 squad, while Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero started on the flanks.
Meanwhile, the home side named former Swans midfielder Shaun MacDonald in their starting line-up.
BOURNEMOUTH: Benji Buchel, Simon Francis (Sam Matthews, 83), Tommy Elphick (capt), Marc Pugh, Tokelo Rantie (Jayden Stockley, 75), Brett Pitman, Ian Harte, Shaun MacDonald (Aly Coulibaly, 88), Matt Ritchie (Harry Cornick, 77), Eunan O'Kane, Baily Cargill.
UNUSED SUBS: Jordan Holmes, Patrick O'Flaherty, Ben Whitfield
SWANS: Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel (Liam Shephard, 68), Scott Tancock, Jazz Richards, Stephen Kingsley, Adam King, Lee Lucas, Nathan Dyer (Raheem Hanley, 68), Jefferson Montero (Alex Bray, 68), Josh Sheehan (Henry Jones, 68), Alex Samuel.
UNUSED SUB: Lukasz Fabianski
After a cagey opening period in which both sides looked content to keep the ball, it was the visitors who came close to opening the scoring on 14 minutes.
After Alex Samuel was bundled over 25 yards from goal, Lee Lucas curled a good free kick goalwards but his effort was tipped over the crossbar by Bournemouth keeper Benji Buchel.
However, it was the home side who broke the deadlock on 28 minutes as Simon Francis's teasing cross from the right was headed home at the far post by Marc Pugh.
And Gerhard Tremmel had to be alert ten minutes later as Matt Ritchie's powerful drive was well held by the Swans keeper.
But Tremmel could do nothing to prevent the hosts doubling their lead on the stroke of half time as Pugh found space on the edge of the box to fire a low shot into the bottom corner.
Half time: Bournemouth 2 Swans 0
The visitors started the second half brightly and came close to pulling a goal back just four minutes in as Jefferson Montero beat two defenders before firing a shot across the face of goal.
However, just four minutes later Bournemouth grabbed their third of the game from the penalty spot.
After good work from Tokelo Rantie down the right, the winger's cross appeared to be handled by Angel Rangel and Brett Pitman made no mistake from the resulting spot kick.
And it nearly got worse on the hour mark as Francis produced another good cross from the right that was met by Pitman, but his header was well held by Tremmel.
But the visitors responded well and pulled one back on 67 minutes as Montero saw a driven shot take a deflection and beat a stranded Benji Buchel.
Garry Monk then made four changes as Liam Shephard, Henry Jones, Raheem Hanley and Alex Bray replaced Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer, Josh Sheehan and the goal scorer Montero.
Bournemouth then made their first change of the game with 15 minutes to play as youngster Jayden Stockley replaced Tokelo Rantie.
The Swans also came close to reducing the deficit further with ten minutes remaining as Alex Bray's cross to the far post was met by the unmarked Stephen Kingsley, but his header was straight into the arms of Buchel.
Garry Monk's side now travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday to face Championship side Reading as they step up preparations for the new season.