FULL-TIME: Brighton 0 Swans U21s 1

10th March 2014

Gwion Edwards fired Swansea City Under-21s to victory in the Professional Development 2 as they ran out 1-0 victors over Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night.

In a closely fought encounter at Culver Road, Edwards' first-half strike was the difference between the two sides after the Welsh winger produced a superb solo effort to help the young Swans claim three points in the development league fixture.

Chances were few and far between in an even first period - and throughout the game - in which both sides enjoyed their fair share of possession.

It took until the 33rd minute of the game to see a first real opportunity on goal when Gwion Edwards raced down the left wing to threaten the seagulls defence.

And the pacey wide man didn't need a second opportunity to hit the target as he cut inside before slotting a cool finish past goalkeeper Christian Walton to give the Swans the lead.

But only minutes after conceding the opener, Brighton thought they had levelled the scores when Courtney Richards found the back of the net, only to find the linesman's flag raised for offside.

Will Hoskins beautifully dummied to set Richards through on goal, but the Seagulls midfielder's composed effort from inside the box was ruled out by the referee.

The Swans started the second-half brightly, clearly buoyed by Edwards' first-half strike, and the lively James Loveridge nearly doubled Swansea's advantage just three minutes in to the second period, only for Ricky Leggett to clear off the line superbly to keep the score at 0-1.

Despite Brighton's best efforts to keep him quiet, Loveridge continued to cause problems for the hosts when he struck a fierce strike from the edge of the area which swerved narrowly wide of the target.

With just under ten minutes left on the clock, another chance came Swansea's way when second-half substitute Henry Jones tested Walton from range.

The young midfielder drove from deep before firing a strike at goal, which the Brighton 'keeper was able to save comfortably.

Substitute Kenji Gorré then had a chance to put the result beyond doubt as the winger cut inside with purpose, but his effort from 25-yards flew well over the bar.

Nevertheless, Swans goalkeeper Gregor Zabret rarely looked under threat and the visitors were able to see the remaining minutes out to take all three points home to South West Wales.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION U21s: Walton, Leggett (Hunt), Horncastle, Rea, Chicksen, Monakana, Richards, Agustien, Hunte (Starkey), Hoskins, Muitt.

SUBS: Wray, Deen, Harris.

SWANSEA CITY U21s: Zabret, Shephard, Gogic, Tancock (C), Hanley, Fulton (H. Jones), King, Sheehan, Bray (Gorré), Edwards, Loveridge.

SUBS: O. Davies, Hedges, Roberts.