Report | Millwall U23s 0 Swansea City U23s 2
Swansea City Under-23s made it back-to-back wins in Professional Development League South following a hard-earned victory over Millwall.
The young Swans produced a hugely impressive defensive effort to keep the hosts at bay, while they were also clinical at the other end of the field in what was Jon Grey’s final game in charge.
Grey will hand over the reins to Kris O'Leary and Anthony Wright, who were in attendance as Daniel Williams put the visitors in front after 13 minutes.
And the three points were secured 11 minutes from time, when substitute Jordi Govea marked his long-awaited return from injury after almost two years on the sidelines by putting the game beyond the young Lions.
In his final team selection before returning to the role as head of coaching in the academy set-up, Grey made five changes from the 4-3 victory over Charlton Athletic two weeks ago.
Jamie Searle returned in goal with Scott Butler and Cian Williams recalled in defence, while Morgan Clarke and Adrian Akande came in on the wings to provide support for lone striker Ali Al-Hamadi.
The young Swans’ defensive credentials were tested early on as they stood firm to clear their lines and deny Dan Moss and Abdul Abdulmalik.
But they took the lead with their first attack at the other end on 13 minutes. The ball was cushioned nicely into the path of Daniel Williams, who fired home his second goal of the season with a sweetly struck half-volley from the edge of the area.
Millwall turned up the pressure as they sought an equaliser. Arthur Penney headed wide, while Jayden Davis’ shot was brilliantly tipped around the post by Searle.
The Swansea keeper also came to his side’s rescue after the break, doing well to keep out Nana Boateng and Lewis O’Brien.
And Searle’s interventions proved crucial as Govea secured the points just nine minutes into his first Swans appearance since the under-23s’ defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in April 2019.
The former Real Madrid defender reacted quickest to slot home the rebound after Daniel Williams’ initial effort was parried into his path.
An emotional Govea was mobbed by his delighted team-mates, who held out for a second clean sheet of the season.
Swans U23s: Jamie Searle; Harry Jones, Jake Thomas, Scott Butler, Cian Williams; Daniel Williams, Ryan Bevan, Cameron Congreve (Ben Lloyd, 80); Morgan Clarke (Bradley Gibbings, 67), Ali Al-Hamadi, Adrian Akande (Jordi Govea, 70).
Subs not used: Tyler Evans, Kai Ludvigsen.