Preview | Barnsley U21s v Swansea City U21s

17th April 2023

Swansea City Under-21s are back on the road on Tuesday afternoon as they take on Barnsley at Oakwell in the Professional Development League (1pm).

The Swans will look to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat against league leaders Millwall last time out, and quickly get back to the form that saw them win five out of six prior to that meeting with the Lions.

Barnsley have won three of their last six league outings, but fell to defeat against Peterborough United just last week.

Pre-match views

Coach Anthony Wright: "It's always a great occasion to play at a stadium, the lads enjoy it and it's always a good experience. 

"In the build-up, it's all about the work we do on the training pitch and looking at what we can improve on, individually and collectively.

"We faced Barnsley at Oakwell last year as well, and we're looking forward to be going there and play the way we want to play."


Previous meeting

Tivonge Rushesha vs QPR

March 22, 2022

Barnsley 0 Swansea City 0

Swansea City Under-23s were held to a goalless draw when they last travelled to Barnsley in the Professional Development League.

Barnsley hosted the Swans at their Oakwell Stadium and both teams seemed to relish the chance of playing at the famous old stadium.

However, neither side could break the deadlock despite both teams coming close on a number of occasions.

The first real chance of the game fell to the hosts, Will Lancaster’s set-piece finding the head of David Bremang, who forced a good save from Swansea's trialist goalkeeper. 

From the resulting corner, Connor Hodson struck a volley from the edge of the box that flew just over the crossbar.

Swansea had chances of their own late in the first half, Ruben Davies intercepting a pass in the Barnsley box before laying off to Sam Leverett, but the midfielder's effort was fired over the bar.

Cameron Evans also came close, firing an effort from the edge of the box that would fly just past the post.

Substitute Dylan Morgan then looked to have put the Swans ahead, Joe Thomas’ low ball finding the forward for a simple tap in, but he was ruled to be offside by the linesman.

Barnsley responded with Jordan Helliwell finding the side-netting after some good passing play found him in space.

Keegan Hartley brought the trialist goalkeeper into action once again, with Barnsley breaking before Hartley’s curling effort forced a good save to keep the game goalless.

Swansea City U23s: Trialist, Tivonge Rushesha (captain), Joe Thomas, Cameron Evans, Azeem Abdulai, Jack Stafford, Sam Leverett, Joel Cotterill, Ruben Davies (Dylan Morgan 46), Rio Campbell (Corey Hurford 79), Lincoln Mcfayden.

Unused subs: Ben Erickson, Tyler Evans, Jacob Jones.