Preview | Swansea City U18s v Charlton Athletic U18s

30th September 2022
Arthur Parker and David Roberts

Swansea City Under-18s are back on home soil as they host reigning Professional Development League champions Charlton at Landore (1.30pm).

Supporters who want to watch the next generation of talent on the Swans production line can attend the game at our academy base for free.

The young Swans will be looking to bounce back from their defeat last time out against Cardiff, a game where they created the opportunities to have taken at least a share of the spoils.

The young Addicks will be full of confidence following their 7-1 win over Queens Park Rangers and the Swans expect to face a stern test.

But coach Darren Davies believes his side are ready for the challenge, with a number of players buoyed from the opportunity to train with the club's senior and under-21 teams during the international break.

“Training has gone ever so well. This week we’ve had several boys train with the under 21s and train with the first team, which is an unbelievable experience for them,” said Davies.

“That, for us as an academy, is what it’s about fundamentally. That is everything what we are about, so it’s been a brilliant week.

“I’m not too focused on the results. I’m focused on the way that we play and develop players.

“Coming back to Cardiff and about the challenge of Charlton, I thought we played well last week. I thought we played some good stuff, and I was pleased with the boys.

“There are things we will learn from it, but I felt we played our football and I was really happy with that.

“We now move forward to Charlton, who are a very strong team. They won the competition last year by a stretch and have started very strongly this season.

“They scored a lot of goals last week [against Queens Park Rangers], so it will be a very tough challenge for us, but we will embrace that after the week the boys have had.

“We do have a couple of injuries, but those boys have been out longer term. This week we had several boys return from international duty, so it’s more about seeing what their load has been like while away.

“We’ve had boys away with Wales, Jada Mawongo was with Sri Lanka halfway across the world, all involving long travel hours.

“So we’re going to have to sit down and have a little discussion with them and see where they are at and then make a decision on selection.”