Under-18s coach Jon Grey insists Swansea City’s academy youngsters can still reach the next round of the Premier League Cup despite a 2-0 defeat against Everton at Finch Farm.
Despite opportunities from Mason Jones-Thomas and Jayden Reid it was Toffees midfielder Fraser Hornby who broke the deadlock just after the hour mark.
The attacker doubled his tally and Everton’s advantage with a header to beat Alex Lang at the near post in the 80th minute.
The result leaves the U18s bottom of Group A with one point meaning the Swans must win against West Brom in their final game to have a chance of qualifying for the next round.
“Despite the defeat, it was a very good performance,” Grey said.
“We created a number of chances but were unable to find the back of the net.
“We are still in the competition. It is a tight group but we must ensure we get a win against West Brom in our final group game next month.
“The competition is testing us against teams from the northern division in cup football which adds a different dynamic to our season.”
Swans U18s: Alex Lang, Rhydian Williams, Ben Cabango, Joe Lewis, Matthew Blake, Tom Price (Dan Williams, 90), Kees de Boer, Oliver Cooper, Mason Jones-Thomas, Marc Walsh (Arnor Gudjohnsen, 60), Shaquille Wynter-Coles (Jayden Reid, 75)
Subs not used: Scott Reed, Cameron Evans.