Report: Stevenage 5 Swans U21s 0
A youthful Swansea City Under-21s side made a losing start to their Checkatrade Trophy campaign after going down 5-0 against Stevenage.
Despite the scoreline, there were plenty of positives to take for the development side who, with several regular members on first-team duty, featured 13 teenagers for the southern section Group G clash at the Lamex Stadium.
The visitors’ resolve was broken just before half-time, when a quickfire Ben Kennedy brace put them 2-0 down.
Substitute Kurtis Guthrie added a second-half hat-trick to complete a comfortable win for the hosts.
Stevenage: Seny Dieng, Terence Vancouten, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Nugent, Michael Timlin, Arthur Iontton, James Ferry (Donovan Makoma, 62), Ben Kennedy (Emmanuel Sonupe, 66), Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Andronicos Georgiou, Danny Newton (Kurtis Guthrie, 64).
Subs not used: Paul Farman, Johnny Hunt, James Ball, Alex Reid.
Swans U21s: Steven Benda (Josh Gould, 86), Marco Dulca, Joe Lewis, Keston Davies (capt), Matt Blake, Cameron Evans, Ryan Blair, Kees de Boer (Jordon Garrick, 61), Simon Paulet, Oli Cooper (Tom Price, 90), Botti Biabi.
Subs not used: Ryan Bevan, Jacob Jones, Arnor Gudjohnsen, Shaquille Wynter-Coles.