Report | AFC Bournemouth U18s 1 Swansea City U18s 2

24th February
Thomas Woodward Ipswich Town

A Thomas Woodward brace ensured Swansea City Under-18s made it back-to-back wins with victory over AFC Bournemouth at Canford Park.

Jonny Day had opened the scoring for the hosts after 33 minutes, before Woodward quickly brought the visitors back on level terms three minutes later.

And Woodward - sealing his second brace in as many games - went on to claim the three points for the Swans with a fine finish in the 54th minute.

The Swansea starting XI had shown two changes from the 5-1 victory against Colchester United. Seb Dabrowski returned to the side, whilst Ewan Griffiths came in for Kit Margetson between the sticks.

But there would also be a further alteration before kick-off when Jack Fanning was called on to take the place of Jack Cooper.

The Swans started purposefully, and had a promising chance inside the first minute. Fanning chipped a high ball towards Sammy Henia-Kamau, who fired an angled effort at Bournemouth keeper Callan McKenna.

Bournemouth had a chance of their own soon after as Charlie Osborne sent a free-kick just wide of the near post.

However, the Swans had the better of those opening exchanges, with Aimar Govea and Cameron Llewellyn causing problems on the flanks, while Woodward was denied a sight of goal by the offside flag after Henia-Kamau had found him with a brilliant pass.

And, instead of the visitors getting the breakthrough, the home side swept straight down the other end to take the lead as Day tucked home the rebound after a combination of Jacob Cook and Dabrowski had denied Josh Salmon's initial shot.

Aimar Govea

But the Swans would quickly level with a smart finish from Woodward, and it was no less than the visitors deserved.

Bournemouth started the second half brightly, but it was the Swans who struck next as Woodward found the net again.

It was a fine team move. Govea showed his skill to fend off two defenders before placing the ball into the path of Woodward, and the 17-year-old made no mistake to finish from six yards.

Swansea went looking for a third to put the game to bed, and Henia-Kamau was denied by a block from Jay Williams after a low cross landed at his feet.

The hosts committed bodies forward as they sought an equaliser and went close to getting it when Harry Redknapp saw a powerful header cleared off the line following a corner.

There were some nervous moments in the closing stages but the Swans held on to take all three points.


Swansea City Under-18s: Ewan Griffiths, Thomas Searle, Jack Fanning, Jacob Cook, Seb Dabrowski, Caio Ifans (Harlan Perry 65), Cameron Llewellyn (Rohan Davies 65), Yori Griffith, Sammy Henia-Kamau, Thomas Woodward, Aimar Govea.

Substitutes: Tom Wright.