Preview | Wigan Athletic U18s vs Swansea City U18s

15th April 2022
Swansea City Under-18s

Swansea City Under-18s travel to face Wigan Athletic in the Professional Development League on Saturday (11am).

The young Swans come into the game off the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Professional Development League title hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday Under-18s.

The Owls took the lead early, but goals from Corey Hurford, Iwan Morgan and substitute Kyrell Wilson claimed all three points as Swansea returned to winning ways.

Wigan Athletic Under-18s come into the game with the same points tally and record as the Swans, currently sitting fifth in the north group of the Professional Development League.

The Latics will be looking for a first win in nine games, having last won in February in a 4-3 win over Cardiff City Under-18s.

In their last outing, Wigan could only take a point as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Watford.

Swansea City Under-18s coach Darren Davies: “We’re definitely looking forward to the game, we’ve been on the road for the last two weeks now.

“But the boys have trained well and had a midweek friendly in the week as well so our preparations for the future continue and we’re in a good place so we’re looking forward to the game.

“The away trips are an education on being a professional footballer, we trained and then travelled.

“We’re going into the last four weeks of the season and we will be doing everything we can to best prepare these boys for the future.

“We have prepared well, we had a good friendly in the week. We had a great result last week against Sheffield Wednesday, we look at the performance but part of their education is to win games so we will look at that but it won’t be the focus of it.

“We want to finish the season strong within what we’re trying to do, it’s been another good week of training and we are fully focused.”

Previous meeting

In the previous meeting, Swansea City Under-18s twice came from behind to earn a point in their highly entertaining 3-3 draw with Wigan Athletic at Landore.

Following a goalless first half, Harry McGee put the Latics ahead just after the restart, but Morgan Clarke levelled from the penalty spot before Josh Thomas put the Swans in front.

A Sean McGurk brace restored Wigan’s advantage, but substitute Jacob Edwards climbed off the bench to equalise for the hosts seven minutes from time.