Jones strike sees off Port Talbot

10th February 2014

Swansea City Academy sealed qualification through to the semi-final of the FAW Youth Cup with a 1-0 win over Port Talbot on Sunday.

Owain Jones' first-half strike sealed the victory for the young Swans, but in truth, it could have been by a much clearer margin.

The young starlets dominated proceedings throughout, racking up in excess of 600 passes over the course of the 90 minutes.

Speaking after the game, youth team coach Cameron Toshack was pleased with his side's tactical discipline. 

"I was pleased with our boys because, even though we created a lot of chances and didn't take them, we didn't force things," explained Toshack.

"We kept the ball and moved it well. 612 passes in any game is a very high number, which is a credit the players' discipline in delivering on our club principles.

"Even though it was only 1-0, it was the most convincing win we've had since I've come in.

"Their goalkeeper was man of the match, which tells its own story. He made four or five unbelievable saves. On another day, we could have won by a much clearer margin.

"But in fairness to Port Talbot, they kept going and gave us challenges to overcome. They deserve credit for that. 

"Overall, since around Christmas, the boys have taken our ideas on board really well. 

"Eric Ramsey, who assists me with the Under-18s, Huw the physio and Matt the sports scientist deserve a lot of credit for helping me with that. It's been a real team effort."