Report | Peterborough United U18s 3 Swansea City U18s 0

22nd April 2023
Jada Mawongo

Swansea City Under-18s' seven-game unbeaten run came to an end as they suffered defeat to Peterborough United at Idverde Training Ground.

The Swans had chances to take something from the game, with Geoff Bony, Zane Myers and Iwan Morgan being denied.

And the failure to take those opportunities proved costly as a brace from Reuben Marshall and a Tyler Winters effort gave the home side a comfortable victory.

The Swans had shown just the one change to the starting XI that beat Sheffield United last time out, Myers came in Callum Deacon.

The visitors threatened early, Sam Parker’s curling delivery proving agonisingly out of reach for Iwan Morgan as the striker arrived at the far post.

Posh were enjoying the greater share of the ball as they grew into the game, and clearances from Jada Mawongo and Arthur Parker denied them an opener.

At the other end the Swans went close as Bony and Dan Watts teed up Thomas Woodward, but his effort was blocked by Joseph Toynion.

Swansea should have led in the 25th minute when Bony was picked out in the six-yard box, but the striker’s close-range shot was parried away by Posh keeper Jake West.

Geoff Bony

Instead it was the home side who took the lead. Marshall keeping his nerve to score from the spot just before the half-hour mark, after the visitors had been penalised for handball in the area.

Myers then fired straight at West after some fine play from Bony, before Morgan tried his luck from distance, testing West once again. 

At the other end, Marshall forced Evan Watts to push away his shot after he had got away from the Swans backline down the left. 

However, instead of finding the equaliser, the visitors saw their deficit increase as Winters arrived to sweep home from Dennis Kelmendi’s pass in the final minute of the first half. 

Swansea keeper Watts was forced into superb save after the restart, getting his fingertips to a thunderous Joshua Marcon strike from 30 yards. 

Swansea went in search of a way back into the game. Mawongo rose highest in the box to meet Dan Watts’ free-kick, but his free header went just wide of the near post. 

Morgan was next to spurn a chance as he was sent through on goal, but was crowded out by defenders.

And the hosts put the game to bed with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Marshall cut in swiftly from the left, striking a powerful right-footed shot into the back of the net to complete his brace and seal the three points for his side.

Peterborough United Under-18s: Jake West, James Dornelly, Harley Mills, Harry Titchmarsh, Oliver Rose, Joseph Toynion, Benjamin Challinor, Joshua Marcon, Reuben Marshall, Tyler Winters, Dennis Kelmendi (Torin Nglege 63) 

Unused subs: Bayley McCann, Thomas Unwin, Luke Gilbert.

Swansea City Under-18s: Evan Watts (captain), Arthur Parker, Richard Faakye, Jacob Cook (Charlie Veevers 67'), Jada Mawongo, Dan Watts (Rohan Davies 75'), Sam Parker (Yori Griffith 75'), Thomas Woodward (Jack Cooper 55'), Geoff Bony, Iwan Morgan, Zane Myers. 

Unused subs: Ewan Griffiths.