Preview | Swansea City U18s v Watford U18s

18th November 2022
Iwan Morgan

Swansea City Under-18s return to Landore Training Ground on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Watford in the Professional Development League. (1pm kick-off).

The fixture is free for supporters to attend and cheer on the development side. Fans can enter the site at Landore from midday.

The young Swans turn their attention back to the league after they exited the Premier League Cup against Plymouth last time out. 

They have been on a good run in the league, winning their last two fixtures on the road against Reading and Bristol, and they will hope to make it three wins on the spin in the PDL.

Watford have a four-point advantage on the Swans in the south division table. Their most recent outing saw the Hornets beaten by Peterborough United 3-1 on home turf. 

Pre-match views

Swansea City Under-18s assistant coach Ollie Jefferies: "We're coming in to the fixture on the back of two in-house games. We played Britton Ferry last week, where we merged our under-16s and under-18s.

"On Wednesday, we had another in-house game against Aspire Academy where we mixed the under-18s and under-21s, it was a good mix for the first years and scholars to play with the the more senior players.

"We've had a full week training with the under-21s this week. It's been really good to align with the way they want to play.

"The most important thing is making sure our style is really implemented in the game. Regardless of the result, home or away, we'll always assess the performance first. 

"As long as we see our identity on the pitch and we play the way we want to play, hopefully the result will follow."

Richard Faakye vs Coventry

Previous meeting - April 30, 2022

Swansea City 1 Watford 2

Ten-man Swansea City Under-18s suffered defeat to Watford despite a second-half fightback in their final home fixture of the Professional Development League season.

The Hornets scored either side of half-time, with Adian Manning burying a free-kick just before the break and Remerio Moulton scoring just three minutes after the restart.

Iwan Morgan responded for the Swans, capitalising on a mistake from the Watford goalkeeper for a simple tap in.

But the challenge for the Swans was made even harder after Josh Carey was given a second yellow card, and despite pushing for a leveller, they wouldn’t be able to find it.

The defeat brought an end to an end a run of three consecutive wins for the under-18s, and this was their only loss in the month of April. 

Swansea City: Ben Hughes, Filip Lissah (captain), David Roberts (Seb Dabrowski 73), Richard Faakye (Sam Parker 85), Jada Mawongo, Josh Carey, Corey Hurford, Charlie Veevers, Geoff Bony (Aimar Govea 73), Iwan Morgan, Zane Myers.

Unused subs: Ewan Griffiths, Jack Cooper.