Panashe Makokowe happy with response after Crewe own-goal

11th May 2021
Panashe Makokowe

Panashe Makokowe was pleased by the way he responded to his earlier own-goal by then scoring at the right end in Swansea City Under-18s’ win over Crewe Alexandra.

The young defender endured a day of mixed fortunes in both boxes during the young Swans’ 3-1 victory at Landore.

Byron Anthony’s side trailed in the Professional Development League encounter when Makokowe inadvertently glanced Ben Wood’s corner beyond Alex Rutter midway through the first half.

But a Michael Williams own-goal followed by Cameron Congreve’s free-kick turned the contest on its head before the break.

Then, Makokowe made amends at the other end of the field four minutes after the restart.

The former Derby County defender reacted quickest to bundle the ball home from close range when Congreve’s corner fell kindly into his path.

And the second-year scholar’s delight was evident as he netted his first goal since a stunning long-range effort against Coventry back in November

“I don’t score too many goals, so it was a good feeling,” he said.

“I was disappointed when I scored the own-goal because I was trying to do my job and clear the ball.

“But you just have to bounce back and carry on in the game.

“I tried to follow Cam’s corner in at the far post. Luckily, the ball bounced nicely for me and I was able to tuck it away.

“It’s always good to help the team, so I’m happy.”

Makokowe and his team-mates will be in action again against Birmingham at Landore this afternoon.