Report | Ipswich Town U21s 2 Swansea City U21s 1

12th September 2022
Ruben Davies

Swansea City Under-21s were narrowly beaten on the road after Ipswich Town Under-21s came from behind as Matt Ward's goal early in the second half ensured the Tractor Boys took all three points.

Ruben Davies opened the scoring for the visitors just after the half-hour mark. However, the lead was shortlived and the young Blues were quick to respond through Harley Curtis.

Ipswich gained the lead almost immediately after the break when Ward slotted the ball past Remy Mitchell from the right side of the area.

The Swans had started well and looked to be course for the opener when Filip Lissah played a wonderful long ball to Joe Thomas, who in turn found Cameron Congreve. The midfielder advanced into the box but his shot deflected out for a corner.

Joel Cotterill then found himself with space outside the area and tried his luck from distance, but his shot flew over the crossbar, before the Swans midfielder sent a low drive narrowly off target.

Congreve then did well to hold his off his marker on the edge of the box and struck a curling effort that looked destined for the top left corner, only to just clear the woodwork.

Between the sticks, Mitchell was forced into a save as Ipswich advanced through a nice one-two way between Ward and Fraser Alexander; the latter got away a powerful effort on goal, but it proved to be no problem for the young stopper.

It should have been 1-0 to the visitors just after the half-hour mark. Thomas nodded down a corner to set up Lissah, but he was unable to find the target from a good position.

But the young Swans made up for it moments later, as Tarrelle Whittaker delivered a low cross into the box. 

The Ipswich keeper couldn't quite clear the forceful cross, and it landed at the right-foot of Davies, who tapped it into an empty net. 

Sam Leverett

However, the visitors' lead was cancelled out just five minutes later, as Curtis made his way past Mitchell and fired in to level the score. 

Davies looked to restore Swansea's lead before the break, advancing down the right and firing a shot across the goal that was tipped onto the bar by Ipswich keeper Woody Williamson.

The hosts got off to fine start following the break, which resulting in them gaining the lead. Ward cut inside onto his right foot and sent a low shot past Mitchell to put his side in front.

There were very few chances for either side in the second period, but it was the young Swans who went closest. 

Kyrell Wilson drove through the middle of the park to set up Congreve, who was fouled before he had the chance to take it on. Sam Leverett stepped up to take the free-kick from distance, but his low-driven shot rattled the near post and cannoned away. 

Ipswich Town Under-21s: Williamson, Agbaje, Kabongolo, Stewart, Hudson, Ward, Alexander (C), Armin (Siziba 66), Hughes (Barbrook 66), Curtis (Cullum 84), Buabo.

Unused subs: Nwabueze, Chirewa.

Swansea City Under-21s: Remy Mitchell, Kai Ludvigsen, Harry Jones, Joel Cotterill, Filip Lissah, Joe Thomas, Cameron Congreve, Sam Leverett (captain), Ruben Davies (Seb Dabrowski 59), Ben Lloyd, Tarrelle Whittaker (Trialist 59).

Unused subs: Ben Hughes, Kyrell Wilson, Corey Hurford.