Report | Charlton Athletic U23s 1 Swansea City U23s 1

7th February 2022
Swansea City U23s

Swansea City Under-23s had victory snatched away from them as title-chasing Charlton Athletic netted a last-gasp equaliser at Dartford.

Jaden Forrester put the Swans ahead in the first half and the Swans soaked up a lot of Addicks pressure for the majority of the game, only for a 90th minute Addicks equaliser to deny them a three-point haul.

The Swans faced a Charlton side that included January acquisitions Juan Castillo and Nile John, who are set to feature for their first team.

The two sides looked to play in similar styles, with the teams looking to maintain possession and build from the back.

The first chance of the game fell to Charlton, Hady Ghandour firing just past the post from the edge of the box.

However, Forrester would give the Swans the lead. Scott Butler’s chipped through ball was inadvertently headed on by a Charlton defender, allowing Forrester to break and slide a low effort past the goalkeeper for his sixth goal in seven games.

Forrester almost had a second 16 minutes later, Cameron Congreve played a fantastic ball through for the forward who knocked the ball around the goalkeeper, but defender Harris O’Connor recovered to clear before he could finish.

Ghandour broke through for the Addicks late in the first half, but a superb last ditch challenge from Butler prevented the defender's shot finding the net.

Juan Castillo, who joined the hosts from Chelsea on loan in January, had the chance to level before the break, but a fantastic save from Jamie Searle ensured the Swans took their 1-0 lead into the interval.

Ben Lloyd had the chance to double the Swans lead shortly after the resumption, Sam Leverett finding the midfielder on the edge of the box, but his low effort was dragged wide of the post.

Ghandour had another chance for the Addicks after they broke from a Swansea corner, but his strike hit the top of the crossbar.

Joel Cotterill came close with two minutes to go, his superb dribble saw him break through the Charlton defence, but he poked his effort just wide of the goal.

And the hosts went straight up the other end to level, with Euan Williams converting a cross from Castillo in the 90th minute.

Charlton Athletic: Nathan Harvey, Richard Chin, Juan Castillo, Charlie Barker, Harris O’Connor, Lucas Ness, Nile John (Ralfi Hand 78), Jeremy Santos, Ryan Viggars, Euan Williams, Hady Ghandour (Henry Molyneux 64)

Unused subs: Samuel Oguntayo, Terrell Agyemang.

Swansea City: Jamie Searle, Tivonge Rushesha, Joe Thomas (Jacob Jones 87), Azeem Abdulai, Scott Butler, Jack Stafford, Ben Lloyd (Joel Cotterill 76), Sam Leverett, Jaden Forrester (Rio Campbell 90), Cameron Congreve, Lincoln Mcfayden.

Unused subs: Tyler Evans, Ben Erickson.