Report: Leicester U23s 2 Swans U23s 0
Swansea City Under-23s saw their three-match winning run come to an end following a 2-0 defeat against Leicester City in Premier League 2 at Holmes Park.
Admiral Muskwe scored both goals to inflict a first loss in four in all competitions for the young Swans, who also had Jack Bainbridge sent off on a difficult night.
The under-23s made seven changes to the side that enjoyed an impressive 3-1 victory over Chelsea last time out, and the visitors started brightly.
But Swansea fell behind in unfortunate circumstances when Max Bramley’s long kick downfield was flicked on by Muskwe, who saw his looping header slip through the palms of goalkeeper Gregor Zabret.
The Swans looked to respond immediately as Courtney Baker-Richardson chased a ball over the top of the Leicester defence, but Bramley was quickly out of goal to clear the danger.
Tyler Reid and Daniel James combined well down the right flank before the right-back’s cross was gathered by the goalkeeper, but it was the hosts who offered the greater threat and Muskwe had chances to increase the advantage.
The striker headed a great opportunity over the bar from inside the six-yard box and, seconds later, stung the palms of Zabret with a vicious strike.
The Swans’ task became more difficult just before half-time when Bainbridge’s high challenge on Josh Gordon saw referee Marc Edwards produce a straight red card.
The visitors aimed to bounce back after the break with Baker-Richardson embarking on a strong run into the area, but Sam Hughes was well placed to intercept his attempted square ball for substitute Jordan Garrick.
But they fell further behind in the 59th minute following a neat move from the young Foxes that resulted in substitute Liandro Martis’ cross being turned home by Muskwe.
The hosts continued to threaten as they extended their unbeaten run to six matches, but Muskwe’s brace was enough to condemn the Swans to a fourth league defeat of the season.
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Leicester U23s: Max Bramley, Darnell Johnson, Connor Wood, Hamza Choudhury (capt), Josh Knight, Sam Hughes, George Thomas, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Layton Ndukwu 78), Admiral Muskwe, Josh Eppiah (Liandro Martis 56), Josh Gordon (Lamine Kaba Sherif 70).
Subs not used: Daniel Iversen, Alex Pascanu.
Swans U23s: Gregor Zabret, Tyler Reid, Aaron Lewis, Jack Evans (Brandon Cooper ht), Cian Harries, Jack Bainbridge, Daniel James (Jordon Garrick ht), Adam King (capt), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Liam Cullen 71), George Byers, Kenji Gorre.
Subs not used: Lewis Thomas, Adnan Maric.