Report | Queens Park Rangers U18s 4 Swansea City U18s 5
Swansea City Under-18s produced an outstanding second-half comeback to claim their first win of 2023 against Queens Park Rangers in an exciting Professional Development League clash.
Despite goals from Geoff Bony and Iwan Morgan, the Swans had headed into the interval 4-2 down after a brace from Kieran Petrie and goals from Sam Sackey and Youssef Yahyaoui for the R's.
But Darren Davies saw is side respond in magnificent fashion, in-form striker Morgan netting twice to complete his hat-trick, with Yori Griffith also on the scoresheet in a nine-goal thriller in west London.
Forward Morgan had been returning to under-18 action after a brief stint with the under-21s earlier this month, which including netting his first goal for the upper-age group against Burnley.
But the first chance fell to the home side, with former Swan Petrie going through on goal only to be denied by a good save from Kit Margetson in the Swansea goal.
At the other end, Sam Parker and Morgan went close for the visitors, with QPR keeper Conor Clark holding a firm volley from the latter.
But the R's stopper was soon beaten as Bony seized on a loose ball to break away from the cover and dispatch a lovely curling finish into the top corner.
Rangers, however, would quickly level through Petrie after excellent pressing work had allowed them to win possession high up the field.
The end-to-end nature of the contest continued as Morgan re-established Swansea's lead with a magnificent run and low finish from Richard Faakye's pass.
Goals kept coming, Sackey converting from the spot after a foul in the area to level the scores once more.
And Rangers would add two more to their tally by the time the half-time whistle was blown. Yahyaoui and Petrie providing finishing touches from close range.
Despite the deficit, there were always likely to be more goals in such an open and enterprising contest and Swansea came out firing at the start of the second half with Sam Parker and Zane Myers featuring prominently.
Morgan was denied by a save from Clark while Josh Carey fired over the bar as the visitors continued to press.
And they got their reward as Morgan coolly sent a low shot past the keeper to narrow the deficit, before Griffith was on hand to roll the ball into an empty net and a mishap in the hosts penalty area.
There was still time to find a winner, and it was the Swans who produced one, Morgan finding the net at the second attempt after seeing his first strike denied; completing his hat-trick and sealing a thrilling victory.
Queens Park Rangers Under-18s: Conor Clark (Kacper Zapieraczynski 69), Moses Luzinda (captain), Sam Bagan, Alfie Tuck, Charlie McDonald, Salvatore Marino, Reece Nicholas-Davies (Sam Manufor 43), Sam Sackey, Youssef Yahyaoui, Lorent Talla, Kieran Petrie.
Unused subs: Jake Leahy
Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Arthur Parker, David Roberts (Yori Griffith 60), Richard Faakye, Jada Mawongo, Josh Carey (captain), Sam Parker, Thomas Woodward, Geoff Bony, Iwan Morgan, Zane Myers (Rohan Davies 75)
Unused subs: Harvey Rees, Cameron Llewellyn, Ramon Rees-Siso.