Preview | Ipswich Town U18s v Swansea City U18s

14th October 2022
Seb Dabrowksi

Swansea City Under-18s are back in Professional Development League action as they travel to Suffolk to take on Ipswich Town Under-18s on Saturday (11:30am kick-off).

The young Swans turn their focus to the league after they secured a 4-2 Premier League Cup victory last weekend against Youth Alliance side Exeter City.

The Tractor Boys come into the fixture on the back of a 3-1 win against Colchester United in the league. The current Premier League Cup holders recorded a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend as they look to retain the trophy.

Swansea City Under-18s coach Darren Davies said: "It's another long trip, but we've just been assessing everything we do and readying ourselves for Ipswich.

"They were a very strong team last year, there'll be no doubt that it'll be a difficult game, but we're preparing for it, and look forward to the challenge."

Swansea City Under-18s striker Iwan Morgan said: "It's a long trip, but it should be a good game. Hopefully we can take our performance from Exeter and carry that on into Ipswich.

"We've just got to start strong, keep playing how we're playing and hopefully, we can grab a result out of it."

Dan Watts

Previous meeting - March 1, 2022

Ipswich Town 1 Swansea City 3

A goal and two assists for Corey Hurford helped Swansea City Under-18s secure a fine victory over high-flying Ipswich Town in the Professional Development League last time out.

Hurford gave the Swans the lead early, before turning provider for both Filip Lissah and Dan Watts as the side managed by Darren Davies continued their encouraging recent form.

The visitors took the lead after just eight minutes at St George's Park, Kyrell Wilson’s deflected cross finding Hurford in the box, who headed home from close range.

Hurford turned provider in the second half, finding Lissah in the box who fired into the bottom corner on his weaker foot to double Swansea's lead.

Just four minutes later Watts made it 3-0, Hurford again assisting with a great burst forward before Watts cannoned a shot past the goalkeeper.

Ipswich pulled one back with 20 minutes to go, Jesse Nwabueze cutting in from the left hand side and finding the bottom right corner.

But the Swans managed the game well from that point on to hold onto a well-earned three points.