Preview | Swansea City U21s v Ipswich Town U21s

30th March 2023
Liam Smith

Swansea City Under-21s are back in Professional Development League action on Friday afternoon as they host Ipswich Town at Landore Training Ground. (12pm kick-off).

Supporters can attend the game for free and will be able to enter the Landore site from 11am.

The Swans return from the international break hoping to build on their victory over Reading last time out as goals from Ruben Davies, Tivonge Rushesha and Corey Hurford handed the home side a well-deserved three points. 

The Swans will have Josh Thomas, Joel Cotterill, Cameron Congreve and Azeem Abdulai back after their efforts on international duty with Wales and Scotland respectively. 

Ipswich have recorded one win in their last five league fixtures, with a comfortable 4-1 win over Cardiff City in early March. Meanwhile, the Tractor Boys were defeated on their travels earlier this week, as they were edged out in a 3-2 defeat by Crewe Alexandra. 

Pre-match views

Coach Anthony Wright: "Coming back after the international break, we have a tight schedule with two games in a short space of time.

"But we are so proud of the boys who have represented their countries and this club at international level, it'll be great to have them back on the pitch. 

"We had a tough test at Ipswich last year, but we'll implement everything we've worked on over the break in the game and put it in a strong team performance."

Striker Ruben Davies: "I scored my first goal of the season against Ipswich and then I had a slight injury between then and now.

"The boys will be up for it after the break, and before we play the Hull City game at the stadium a few days later. We've done well to get to where we are in the table, and hopefully we can continue that on Friday." 

Azeem Abdulai

Previous meeting - October 4, 2021

Swansea City 0 Ipswich Town 3

Swansea Under-23s were handed their first home defeat of the season as they were beaten by Ipswich Town in their last Professional Development League encounter in Landore.

After starting the season with a win and a draw on home turf, the Swans were on the losing end of the scoreline thanks to goals from Fraser Alexander, Tete Yengi and Harley Curtis.

A youthful Swans side, including 16-year-olds Ben Lloyd and Joel Cotterill, plus a number of other teenagers battled hard but were unable to haul themselves back into the game.

Swansea City: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Tivonge Rushesha, Lincoln Mcfayden, Azeem Abdulai, Scott Butler (captain), Ben Margetson, Joel Cotterill (Rio Campbell, 45), Ben Lloyd (Jacob Jones, 75), Jaden Forrester, Tarrelle Whittaker, Dylan Morgan.

Unused Substitutes: Ben Erickson, Jamie Searle, Adrian Akande.