Report | Manchester City U18s 3 Swansea City U18s 0
Swansea City Under-18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup following a 3-0 defeat by Manchester City at the Academy Stadium.
The young Swans fell in the third round of the competition for a second year running, as goals from Tommy Doyle, Jayden Braaf and James McAtee secured a comfortable win for the hosts.
Despite the result, Anthony Wright’s men battled valiantly and but for having two goals ruled out for offside, they could have made it a much closer contest.
Gareth Taylor’s City went into the tie on a four-match winning run and went close to breaking the deadlock early on, with Finley Burns heading just over and Morgan Rogers hitting the crossbar.
Rogers went close again just before the half-hour mark, as he stretched to direct Braaf’s cross narrowly wide of the target.
The Swans had been well-organised throughout the first half and they thought they had taken the lead when following a quickfire counter, Josh Thomas raced through and slotted past James Trafford. But the offside flag denied the number nine.
However, there was to be no denying the hosts when they won a free-kick two minutes before half-time. From just outside the penalty box, skipper Doyle stepped up and whipped the ball brilliantly into the bottom corner.
The Swans demonstrated lightning speed on the counter again in the second half. Once again, Thomas raced through before finishing past Trafford but, yet again, the offside flag denied the visitors.
It proved decisive as Braaf doubled the hosts’ lead just after the hour mark. Cutting in from the right flank, the winger unleashed a curling left-footed strike that left Lewis Webb with no chance.
And last year’s finalists put the game to bed four minutes from time. Shortly after shooting just wide, substitute McAtee finished from close range to set up a last-32 tie against Aston Villa.
Swansea City U18s: Lewis Webb; Tivonge Rushesha, Scott Butler, Jake Thomas, Luke Motruk; Erick Kenko, Ryan Bevan (capt); Will Rickard, Morgan Clarke, Ali Al Hamadi; Josh Thomas.
Subs: Arron Hillier, Luke McKendry, Panashe Makokowe, Adnaan Moti, Connor Shields, Cameron Congreve, Charlie Clancy.