Report: Man Utd U23s 2 Swans U23s 1

4th November 2017

Swansea City Under-23s suffered their first cup defeat this season as they went down 2-1 against Manchester United in the Premier League International Cup.

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After a strong first-half performance from the visitors, United took the lead from the penalty spot through James Wilson in the second half.

The striker doubled his tally minutes later before Kenji Gorre pulled a goal back through a stoppage-time penalty.

The Swans made six changes to the side that beat Forest Green Rovers' first team in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday with Lewis Thomas, Mael Davies, Maro Dulca, Causso Darame, Jack Evans and Jordan Garrick all coming into the starting XI.
The under-23s made a confident start at Leigh Sports Village as Gorre’s pace down the wing asked questions of United’s defence, before George Byers’ dangerous free-kick forced an important clearance.

At the other end, Charlie Scott drilled his 20-yard shot just wide before Wilson failed to hook Demetri Mitchell’s cross towards goal.

The Swans continued to threaten towards the end of the half with Gorre’s cross narrowly deflected over the bar before Byers shot inches wide.

The game turned in the home side's favour on the hour mark as United were awarded a penalty when Wilson’s volley hit the arm of Joe Rodon inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot

Wilson made no mistake from 12 yards. He then doubled the advantage eight minutes later, when he kept a long ball alive before firing home from a tight angle.

The Swans rallied in the closing minutes as Gorre halved the deficit from the spot after Cian Harries was brought down in the area. 

The Swans face their final International Cup group game against Athletic Bilbao at Landore on Monday, December 20.

Manchester United Under-23s: Kieran O’Hara, Joe Riley (capt), Demetri Mitchell, Luca Ercolani, Ro-Shaun Williams, Thomas Sang, Zachary Dearnley, Charlie Scott (Callum Whelan 86), James Wilson (Joshua Bohui 82), Ethan Hamilton, Tosin Kehinde (Indy Boonen 82).

Subs not used: Max Johnstone, Jake Kenyon.

Swans Under-23s: Lewis Thomas, Mael Davies (Tyler Reid 62), Aaron Lewis, Marco Dulca (Adnan Maric 83), Cian Harries, Joe Rodon (capt), Causso Darame (Ryan Blair 69), Jack Evans, Jordon Garrick, George Byers, Kenji Gorre.

Subs not used: Steven Benda, Matthew Blake, Ben Cabango, Tom Price.