Ollie Jefferies | The players rose to the challenge

2nd September
Ollie Jefferies

Swansea City Under-18s' coach Ollie Jefferies praised the young Swans for rising to the occasion after they defeated Cardiff City 4-2 at Landore Training Ground.

The hosts took an early lead in the Professional Development League Cup game through a Sammy Henia-Kamau goal, before Dan Ola levelled for the visitors.

But Jack Fanning headed home to put the Swans back in front, before Henia-Kamau won and converted a penalty to put the Swans two goals to the good before the break.

Cardiff pulled another back after Troy Perrett converted a spot-kick for the Bluebirds.

But Henia-Kamau made sure of the win as he completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute, drilling home after a superb run down the right flank.

"I'm really happy with the way the players dealt with the occasion, we treated it in the week as if it was any other game and prepared for it in that way," he said.

"We spoke to them before about the importance of the game, that they're representing the club, the staff and also the community, and I they did that today.

"We were disappointed to concede the way we did, but it's all learning and we fought until the very end.

"We want to be competitive in any game we play and we would love to get a good cup run going. Today, I thought we did well to stop their threats and keep them at bay.

"I also want to give credit to Sam Morris [PDP Individual Coach Analyst] because we scored from a set-piece, and he's been working hard with the players on those set plays."

Jefferies also praised the impact of hat-trick hero Henia-Kamau, who is still adapting to life in Swansea.

"Sammy has come from Jersey, so he's used to be being at home and the football system there, but he's done incredibly well since coming in," added Jefferies.

"He looked very exciting in pre-season, and we believe in him, and we know the level that he is capable of."