FRIENDLY: Plymouth 0 Swans 4
27th June 2014
New signing Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed a brace as the Swans stepped up their pre-season campaign with a comfortable victory over Plymouth at Home Park.
The visitors dominated the opening period and went ahead after just nine minutes as Rory Donnelly capitalised on a mistake from goalkeeper Luke McCormick to slot home.
Following a number of changes in the second half, Garry Monk's side doubled their lead courtesy of Jordi Amat before Sigurdsson found space inside the box to net his first goal since returning to the club from Spurs.
And the Icelandic international capped a fine afternoon for Monk's men as he curled home a superb free-kick with the last kick of the game.
South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng made his first Swans appearance in nearly a year following his return from the World Cup, while Stephen Kingsley started at left-back.
Meanwhile, new signings Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero took their place on a strong subs bench for the visitors.
PLYMOUTH: Luke McCormick, Kelvin Mellor, Curtis Nelson, Peter Hartley (Ben Purrington, 72), Carl McHugh, Lewis Alessandra, Lee Cox (Ben Steer, 84), Ollie Norburn, Jason Banton (River Allen, 72), Marvin Morgan (Nathan Thomas, 62), Reuben Reid.
UNUSED SUB: Andrew Hannah.
SWANS: Lukasz Fabianski (David Cornell, 65), Angel Rangel (Dwight Tiendalli, 45), Chico Flores (Ashley Williams, 45), Kyle Bartley (Jordi Amat, 45), Stephen Kingsley (Neil Taylor, 65), Ki Sung-Yueng (Jazz Richards, 45), Jonjo Shelvey (Adam King, 65), Wayne Routledge (Jefferson Montero, 45), Nathan Dyer (Alex Bray, 65), Josh Sheehan (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 65), Rory Donnelly (Bafetimbi Gomis, 50).
UNUSED SUBS: Gerhard Tremmel, Lee Lucas, Wilfried Bony.
The Swans exerted their early dominance on the game and following early chances to both Josh Sheehan and Jonjo Shelvey, the visitors took a deserved lead after just nine minutes.
As Sheehan looked to play a neat ball through for Rory Donnelly, Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick somehow let the ball slip through his grasp and Donnelly rolled the ball into an empty net.
Shelvey came close to doubling the lead on 16 minutes but his shot flew a fraction wide of the near post, while at the other end the home side threatened an equaliser when Carl McHugh's free kick from the right evaded Lukasz Fabianski's far post.
However, it was the visitors who continued their superiority as a good move involving Donnelly and Sheehan finally saw Wayne Routledge break clear before he saw a rasping drive parried away by McCormick.
But the Swans avoided a scare just eight minutes before the break as Jason Banton's in-swinging corner from the left was met by a powerful header from McHugh, but Fabianski produced a smart save to deny him.
At the other end, Donnelly should have doubled the lead as Angel Rangel's cross from the right found him unmarked, but his header from six yards out was straight into the arms of McCormick.
Half time: Plymouth 0 Swans 1
After skipper Ashley Williams replaced Chico Flores on the stroke of half time, Garry Monk made a further four changes at the break as Dwight Tiendalli, Jordi Amat, Jazz Richards and Jefferson Montero all made an appearance.
And it wasn't long before the travelling Swans fans got to see another of their summer recruits in action, as Rory Donnelly limped off to be replaced by Bafetimbi Gomis.
The substitutions by both sides seemed to affect the flow of the game, with Jonjo Shelvey seeing his volley fly harmlessly over the crossbar.
On 65 minutes there were more changes from the visitors as new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, Adam King, Neil Taylor, Alex Bray and David Cornell all entered the fray.
But just four minutes later the Swans doubled their lead as Sigurdsson's corner was deflected inside the six-yard box and Jordi Amat was on hand to fire into the roof of the net.
And it wasn't long before the travelling Jack Army were on their feet again as a familiar face found the back of the net.
After good work from Alex Bray down the right side of the box, the winger cut the ball back for the unmarked Sigurdsson who coolly rolled the ball into the bottom corner.
And the Icelandic international capped a fine afternoon for the visitors by curling home a trademark free kick into the top corner in stoppage time.
Garry Monk's side now turn their attention to Tuesday's friendly at Exeter City as their continue their three-day trip to the West Country.