Report: Sunderland U23s 0 Swans U23s 2
Oli McBurnie scored at the end of each half as Swansea City Under-23s claimed a hard-earned 2-0 victory over Sunderland in Premier League 2.
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The striker was on target from the penalty spot just before half-time before wrapping up the points in the dying seconds with his ninth league goal of the season as the young Swans recorded their second straight win.
The Swans had to play the final seven minutes with 10 men after Cian Harries was shown a second yellow card.
The visitors made two changes to the side that beat Arsenal last time out, and started brightly with McBurnie and Adam King shooting narrowly wide inside the opening quarter of an hour.
They continued to ask questions as McBurnie headed wide from close range following George Byers’ pinpoint cross.
After plenty of pressure, the Swans finally made the breakthrough a minute before half-time when McBurnie calmly sent Max Stryjek the wrong the way from the spot after Kenji Gorre was tripped in the area.
The striker continued to threaten after the break as he forced a good save from the Sunderland keeper from Tyler Reid’s centre, before heading an Aaron Lewis cross narrowly wide of the target.
Jordan Garrick then headed a great opportunity off target as the Swans pushed for a decisive second goal, before hitting the post when clean through in the final minute of normal time.
Despite the sending off of Harries, the visitors held firm for the remaining seven minutes and sealed the points deep into stoppage time when Garrick broke away and fed the ball for McBurnie to sweep home.
Sunderland Under-23s: Max Stryjek, Joshua Robson, Denver Hume, Adam Bale (Rees Greenwood, 73), Brandon Taylor, Tom Beadling (capt), Luke Molyneux (Chris Allan 81), Ethan Robson, Andrew Nelson, Josh Maja (Jack Diamond 61), Elliot Embleton.
Subs not used: Alex Storey, James Talbot.
Swans Under-23s: Gregor Zabret, Tyler Reid, Aaron Lewis, Jack Evans, Cian Harries, Joe Rodon, Jordan Garrick, Adam King, Oli McBurnie, George Byers (Adnan Maric 90), Kenji Gorre (Brandon Cooper 85).
Subs not used: Liam Cullen, Lewis Thomas, Ryan Blair.