MATCH REPORT: Sheffield Wednesday U21s 2 Swans U21s 1
5th September 2014
Swans Under-21s failed to make the most of a man advantage as Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 in their Development League Two South fixture at Hillsborough.
Chris Llewellyn's side, who had beaten Birmingham City earlier in the week, looked on course for a second consecutive victory when the hosts were reduced to ten men and Kenji Gorre converted from the penalty spot.
But Sheffield Wednesday hit back in the second half with a Franck Betra brace earning the home side victory.
The Swans dominated the first half with Henry Jones seeing his effort from a Gorre cross kept out by Joe Wildsmith.
Jones was again denied by the Wednesday keeper, this time via a free-kick, but the visitors weren't to be denied as they eventually took the lead shortly before the break.
When Jay Fulton met Gorre's corner, the Scottish midfielder's header was handled by Rafa Floro, and the defender was giving his marching orders.
Gorre stepped up and sent Wildsmith the wrong way to give the Swans a deserved half-time lead.
But the visitors failed to make the most of their numerical advantage as the Owls raised their game.
David Cornell needed to be at his best to deny Betra and Mani Dieseruvwe, but he couldn't do anything to deny the former from levelling as he scored from the penalty spot late on.
And the hosts went on to claim victory as the Swans lost possession in the Owls half and Betra's neat finish finished off a counter attack started by Ryan Croasdale.
Next up for the Swans U21s is a derby clash with Cardiff City at the Liberty Stadium on September 15 (7pm).
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY U21s: Wildsmith, Young, Dielna, Buxton (Sanders 66), Floro, McCabe, Grozdinov (Havilland 46), Meadows, Croasdale, Betra, Dieseruvwe (Tracey 80).
SWANS U21s: David Cornell, Liam Shephard, Scott Tancock (capt), Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Stephen Kingsley, Adam King, Jay Fulton, Henry Jones (James Loveridge), Kenji Gorre, Alex Samuel (Kurtis March), Modou Barrow.
Subs not used: Oliver Davies, Raheem Hanley, Connor Roberts.