FULL-TIME: Swans U21s 2-1 Brentford
17th February 2014
Swansea City Under-21s ran out 2-1 victors against Brentford after goals from Adam King and Alex Bray either side of half-time earned them victory.
On his competitive home debut at Stebonheath Park, King gave the Swans the lead 20 minutes into proceedings after he slotted home after good work down the left flank by Gwion Edwards.
The Swans went into the interval with the one-goal advantage, but in the 67th minute the visitors were awarded a penalty after Edwards fouled Martin Fillo inside the area. Emmanuel Oyeleke kept his composure from 12-yards, slotting home for Brentford's equaliser.
However, the Swans responded well to the setback and Bray scored the host's winner with ten minutes left on the clock after a great ball into the box by Raheem Hanley. After James Loveridge was unable to turn in the young left back's initial cross, Bray was on hand to tap home.
SWANSEA CITY U21s: Gregor Zabret, Liam Shephard, Raheem Hanley, Jay Fulton, Alex Gogic, Scott Tancock ©, Alex Bray, Adam King, James Loveridge, Josh Sheehan (Henry Jones, 78), Gwion Edwards (Kenji Gorré, 67).
SUBS: Oliver Davies, Ryan Hedges, Joseph Jones.
BRENTFORD U21s: Jack Banham, Joe Maloney, Aaron Pierre ©, Louis Hutton, Alfie Mawson, Raphael Calvet (Richard Bryan, 67), Stuart Dallas, Tyrrel Miller-Rodney (Kojo Awotwi, 89), Emanuel Oyeleke, Jake Reeves, Martin Fillo.
SUBS: Melvin Minter, Kieran Morris.
After an evenly fought first 20 minutes, in which the Swans enjoyed the majority of possession, the hosts managed to break the deadlock with the first real opportunity of the game when Gwion Edwards teed up Adam King to slot home.
The Welsh winger did fantastically well down the left flank, beating his marker before cutting back for King to hit home - his first strike since signing for the Swans in January.
Just past the half hour mark, Brentford had their first real attempts on goal when Jake Reeves tried his luck from distance before Gregor Zabret was called into action to deny Martin Fillo after the Brentford number '10' cut in from the right before unleashing a shot at goal.
Four minutes before the midway point, Stuart Dallas came closest to getting Brentford an equaliser when he cut in from the right before curling an effort narrowly wide of the far post.
Then on the brink of half-time, good attacking play by the Swans nearly earned them their second of the half and the game when James Loveridge played in Alex Bray, but the winger's shot was well blocked by the Brentford defender.
HALF-TIME: Swansea City 1-0 Brentford
The Swans started the second period brightly and nearly doubled their advantage two minutes into the second-half. Following more good work by Edwards, Loveridge struck from the left but his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes into the second-half, the visitors were twice denied an equaliser by Zabret. The young Swans goalkeeper produced a double save, first to prevent Stuart Dallas and then to stop Fillo with the follow up attempt.
With the game beginning to become very open after a tight first-half, Loveridge then had two more opportunities to extend Swansea's winning margin before Edwards had a chance of his own. Unfortunately for the Swans, all three were off target.
In the 67th minute, Brentford found their equaliser when Emmanuel Oyeleke dispatched from the spot after Edwards brought down Fillo inside the area. The Brentford striker kept his composure from 12-yards to slot in the right-hand bottom corner.
With just over ten minutes left on the clock, King had the opportunity to double his and Swansea's tally when he broke clear, only to be denied by a last-gasp block.
However, just three minutes later, the Swans restored their lead when Bray tapped home after a fantastic cross from the left by Raheem Hanley. Loveridge was unable to turn in Hanley's initial delivery, but Bray was on hand to finish off the second ball.
In the first minute of injury time, good work down the right-hand side by Fillo nearly resulted in a late equaliser, but Tancock was on hand to block the winger's late attempt to earn his side a share of the spoils.