MATCH REPORT: Swans U21s 4 Brentford U21s 1
10th November 2014
The Under-21s stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches with a comfortable victory over Brentford at Landore.
In wet and windy conditions, the hosts took the lead through an own goal from Bees defender James Tarkowski but the visitors levelled matters when Nico Yennaris curled home from 25 yards out.
Jonjo Shelvey restored the lead with a cool finish before the interval, while Kenji Gorre added a third just five minutes after the restart.
And substitute Henry Jones helped himself to a goal shortly after coming on as he tapped in from a yard out.
The result marks an impressive period for the development side, who are yet to taste defeat in the league since mid September.
SWANS U21s: David Cornell, Connor Roberts, Alex Gogic, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Liam Shephard (Joe Rodon, 79), Jonjo Shelvey (Henry Jones, 58), Adam King, Josh Sheehan, Kenji Gorre, Modou Barrow (Ryan Hedges, 65), Rory Donnelly.
SUBS NOT USED: Oliver Davies, Alex Samuel.
BRENTFORD U21s: Jack Bonham, James Tarkowski, Raphael Calvert (Kieran Morris, 17), Louis Hutton, Aaron Green, Nico Yennaris, Paris Batman, Jack Warburton, Betinho (Bradley Clayton, 79), Jermain Udumanga, Montel Moore.
SUBS NOT USED: Lionel Stone, Mark Smith, Tom Field.
Jonjo Shelvey was named in the starting line-up as the England international got some minutes under his belt during the international break.
Meanwhile, there was another chance for Modou Barrow to impress after the youngster played a key role in Sunday's win over Arsenal at the Liberty.
The Swans went into the contest on the back of a six-game unbeaten run, while visitors Brentford were looking to register only their second league win of the campaign.
After a slow start in which both sides struggled with the wet conditions, it was the hosts who took the lead after 21 minutes.
Following Jonjo Shelvey's weaving run into the penalty area, James Tarkowski challenged the midfielder but he unfortunately saw the ball come off his toe and roll past his own goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, Kenji Gorre - who already had seven goals to his name before kick off - went close to second but his low shot was comfortably held by Brentford keeper Joe Bonham.
However, it was the visitors who drew level ten minutes before the break as Nico Yennaris cut in on the right and the former Arsenal man unleashed a superb curling effort that flew into the top corner.
But the Swans went into the interval ahead as Jonjo Shelvey latched onto a pass inside the box before rifling a shot past Bonham.
Half-time: Swans U21s 2 Brentford U21s 1
Just five minutes of the second half were played when the Swans extended their lead further.
After good work from Modou Barrow outside the box, the winger released Kenji Gorre inside the penalty area and the former Manchester United man rifled his shot into the top corner for his eighth goal of the season.
Shelvey nearly helped himself to a second when he curled wide of the left-hand post, and that was his final involvement as he was replaced by Henry Jones.
The Swans then made their second change after 65 minutes as Modou Barrow was withdrawn for Ryan Hedges.
But it was the introduction of Jones that brought the game's fourth goal as the midfielder tapped in from close range after a shot was blocked on the line.
The Swans made their third and final change as Under-18s defender Joe Rodon replaced skipper Liam Shephard.
Kenji Gorre almost made it five after a fine run and shot was saved, while Josh Sheehan also tested the reflexes of Joe Bonham.
The closest the visitors came to pulling a goal back came from a Montel Moore effort, but David Cornell did well to tip his fizzing strike over the bar.