Preview | Plymouth Argyle U18s v Swansea City U18s

24th November

Swansea City Under-18s are back in Professional Development Cup action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Plymouth Argyle for their final group stage fixture (1pm).

A win or a draw would see the young Swans progress to the quarter-finals of the PDL Cup for the first time. 

The Swans will be looking for revenge on the Pilgrims after the hosts knocked the young Swans out of contention in this competition last season.

Two consecutive wins means the Swans sit top of Group E going into the fixture, with Plymouth in second on four points.


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Coach Ollie Jefferies: "Both teams have it all to play for, which will make it a highly-competitive contest.

"We were in a similar position last year where a win would have secured a place in the quarter-finals, and I guess the conditions and emotion got to us then.

"The boys are well up for it. Knockout football is always a great experience for young players, especially for their development and I hope we can reach that stage on Saturday."


Previous meeting - November 5 2022

Richard Faakye

Swansea City Under-18s' Professional Development League Cup campaign came to an end after a first-half goal from Joe Hatch dashed their quarter-final hopes at Plymouth.

Wales Under-17s' international Hatch converted the winner from a Plymouth corner just five minutes before half-time, and the defeat saw the Swans exit the competition, despite having started the weekend well-placed in Group E.

The Pilgrims’ Hatch was found unmarked in the penalty area from a  corner, and converted the set-piece with a powerful header into the roof of the net.

The Swans attempted to hit back through Geoff Bony, who proved too strong for his marker down the left flank, but he could not beat the keeper with an angled strike.

The visitors had one last chance as Jacob Cook's deflected shot looked set to find the bottom corner, but a magnificent fingertip save denied the Swans and sealed Plymouth's victory.

Swansea City Under-18s: Ewan Griffiths, Arthur Parker, Zane Myers, Richard Faakye, Jada Mawongo, Dan Watts, Kyrell Wilson, Geoff Bony (captain), Rohan Davies  (Jacob Cook 58), Iwan Morgan, Aimar Govea (Yori Griffith 65)

Unused subs: Kit Margetson, Cameron Llewellyn.