Report | Carmarthen Town 1 Swansea City U23s 1
Mason Jones-Thomas scored a last-minute equaliser as Swansea City Under-23s held Welsh Premier League side Carmarthen Town to a 1-1 draw.
Despite a promising start to the contest, the young Swans fell behind in the 31st minute at Richmond Park.
However, the development side kept battling and were eventually rewarded in the dying moments, as substitute Jones-Thomas turned in Jacob Jones’ cross at the far post.
The Swans made a bright start against their experienced opponents; passing the ball well and created a couple of decent opportunities to break the deadlock.
However, they fell behind just after the half-hour mark as Carmarthen hit them on the counter-attack to take the lead.
This seemed to unsettle the Swans but they responded well after the break and went in search of the equaliser.
It eventually arrived in the final minute as Jones-Thomas arrived from the right to steer home Jones’ ball from the left wing at the far post.
'“The most pleasing thing is that they found solutions for the challenges they were given,” reflected under-23s' coach Cameron Toshack.
“We’re working on certain principles and, for the most part, the players delivered those very well and deserve a lot of credit.
“Carmarthen came out and put up a very good performance. Their players applied themselves very well, were well-organised and always fought to win the ball back.
“But in possession, we were really good, and - out of possession - we managed to press the ball and regain it in very important areas.
“They are key things that we’re encouraging our players to take on as quickly as possible, so they deserve a real pat on the back for that.”
Elsewhere, Swansea City Under-18s suffered their first defeat of pre-season after going down 3-1 against Charlton Athletic at Landore.
Swansea City Under-23s: Steven Benda; Tivonge Rushesha (Ryan Bevan, 60), Cameron Evans, Cian Harries (capt; Jake Thomas, 60), Joe Lewis (Jacob Jones, 60); Tom Price (Kees de Boer, 60), Daniel Williams (Simon Paulet, 60); Trialist, Cameron Berry (Oli Cooper, 60), Keiran Evans (Mason Jones-Thomas, 70); Liam Cullen.