FULL-TIME: Ipswich U21s 2 Swans U21s 1
6th October 2014
Ten-man Swansea City bowed out of the Premier League Cup after a late defeat against Ipswich at Portman Road.
The visitors went ahead midway through the first half thanks to Kenji Gorre's strike, but were pegged back shortly after the interval as Darren McQueen netted for the hosts.
Henry Jones was shown a straight card for a challenge on Ipswich midfielder Kundai Benyu, and the game looked to be heading for extra time as stoppage time came around.
But in a cruel twist, Ipswich grabbed the win in added time when Curtis Obeng headed into his own net.
IPSWICH U21s: Bartosz Bialkowski, Joe Robinson, George Wells, Kundai Benyu, Omar Sowumni, Tommy Smith, Cameron Stewart, Matt Clarke (capt), Darren McQueen, Balint Bajner (Monty Patterson, ht), Alex Henshall.
SUBS: Michael Crowe, Miles Kenlock, Shane McLoughlin, Cory Galvin, Monty Patterson.
SWANS U21s: Oliver Davies, Curtis Obeng, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Alex Gogic, Raheem Hanley, Kurtis March, Henry Jones (capt), Ryan Hedges, Kyle Copp (Corey Francis, 62), Kenji Gorre, Alex Samuel.
SUBS: Gregor Zabret, Adnan Maric, Joseph Jones, Liam Cullen, Corey Francis.
The Swans started well in blustery conditions in Suffolk, with Ryan Hedges finding space early on only to see his low shot well held by Bartosz Bialkowski.
Ipswich responded well as Matt Clarke did well to create a chance for Darren McQueen, but the striker's left-foot shoot flew inches wide of the left-hand post.
Henry Jones was then a whisker away from a spectacular opening as his 25-yard drive hit the side netting, before the visitors took a deserved lead on 19 minutes.
After a swift break down the left, Kenji Gorre cut inside before hitting a low shot that looked to be held by Bialkowski, only for the keeper to spill the ball into the net.
The home side tried to respond through half-chances for Omar Sowumni and Alex Henshall, while Balint Bajner somehow headed wide from six yards out.
At the other end, Bialkowski was tested once again through both Hedges and Kyle Copp as the wet conditions started to have an impact.
And it nearly got better for the Swans on the stroke of half-time as a lightning counter attack saw Gorre find Copp through the middle, but his low shot was parried around the post by the goalkeeper.
Half-time: Ipswich U21s 0 Swans U21s 1
Ipswich started the second period of the front foot and after Alex Henshall had forced Oliver Davies into smart save at his near post, the home side levelled on 49 minutes.
Curtis Obeng's clearance inside the box cannoned off an Ipswich player and as it fell kindly to Darren McQueens, the striker made no mistake as he coolly tucked it past Davies from 12 yards out.
The hosts continued to press as substitute Monty Patterson shot wide from the corner of the penalty area, before the visitors made their first change of the evening as Corey Francis replaced Kyle Copp just past the hour mark.
As the clocked ticked to the midway point of the second half, the contest became stretched as first Joe Robinson forced Davies into a fine stop inside the box before Gorre beat his man inside the box before seeing his low cross evade everyone.
However, the task became a harder one for Chris Llewellyn's side with 20 minutes to play as Henry Jones was shown a straight red following a tackle on Kundai Benyu.
The Swans survived a scare when Joe Robinson's fierce shot was parried clear by Davies, while Cameron Stewart saw a 25-yard shot shave the right-hand upright.
But just as it looked as though the game was destined for extra time, the home side grabbed victory as a looping cross from the left was headed into his own net by Curtis Obeng.