Preview | Ipswich Town U18s v Swansea City U18s
Swansea City Under-18s kick off their FA Youth Cup campaign as they travel to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town in the third round this evening (7pm).
The Swans were knocked out of the competition at this stage last season, after Sunderland completed a second-half comeback at the Stadium of Light.
Swansea last reached the fourth round during the 2020-21 campaign, beating Queens Park Rangers in the third round before exiting at the hands of Middlesbrough.
Last time out this term, the Swans claimed a quarter-final spot in the Professional Development League Cup following a tense 3-3 draw with Plymouth Argyle.
The Tractor Boys, meanwhile, have won two of their last five fixtures, with the victories coming in high-scoring affairs against QPR and Colchester United respectively.
Coach Ollie Jefferies: "The FA Youth Cup always a big competition, and one we look forward to every year.
"The structure of the competition is always great for our young players to experience, and we get to play at their stadium which means a bigger pitch, and that is something they're not always exposed to.
"It is a long trip, but it's knockout football and if we get through we'll most likely be up against a team we've never faced and again, that will only provide more experience and development for our players."
Previous meeting - October 15, 2022
Ipswich Town 5 Swansea City 0
Ten-man Swansea City Under-18s fell to a heavy defeat on their last visit to Ipswich Town as a Rio Morgan hat-trick and late goals from Oli Davis and Ashton Boswell ensured the Tractor Boys took all three points in the Professional Development League.
Kyrell Wilson was dismissed with just over 20 minutes to go, following a scuffle between himself and goalscorer, Morgan.
Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Arthur Parker (Jacob Cook 70'), Iestyn Jones (Richard Faakye 31'), Josh Carey (C), Seb Dabrowski, Dan Watts (Cameron Llewellyn 80'), Kyrell Wilson, Iwan Morgan, Rohan Davies (Jada Mawongo 70'), Geoff Bony, Zane Myers.
Unused subs: Ewan Griffiths.