Report: Swans U23s 0 Athletic Bilbao B 2
Swansea City Under-23s bowed out of the Premier League International Cup after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao B at Landore.
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It was a frustrating night for the young Swans, who conceded two late goals to Inigo Vicente and finished the game with nine men after straight red cards were shown to Adnan Maric and Jordon Garrick.
The hosts made six changes to the side that enjoyed an impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Premier League 2 on Friday, and made a bright start to the contest at Landore.
Maric swept an effort just wide of the target in the 10th minute after a strong run from Garrick, while Courtney Baker-Richardson fired off target when clean through on goal.
At the other end, the Swans had a real let-off on the half-hour mark, as an unmarked Jon Cabo shot over after being played in by Vicente.
Both sides had chances after the break with Maric hitting the side-netting for the hosts, while substitute Peru Nolaskoain’s vicious volley drew a wonderful save out of Lewis Thomas.
Tensions began to grow as the Swans pushed for the breakthrough that they needed in order to keep their hopes of progressing in the competition alive.
And they were hit on the counter-attack with a minute remaining, with Vicente cutting inside and drilling past Thomas from inside the area.
The young Swans’ frustrations finally boiled over in the first minute of stoppage time, as Maric was shown a straight red card for leaving the ground with a two-footed challenge.
Vicente slotted home again two minutes later to put the match beyond the hosts, whose misery was compounded when Garrick was dismissed for violent conduct in the dying seconds.
Swans U23s: Lewis Thomas, Anthony Brydges, Tyler Reid, Ryan Blair, Cian Harries, Kyle Bartley (Joe Rodon, 63), Daniel James (Kenji Gorrè, 63), Jay Fulton (Capt), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Oli McBurnie, 63), Adnan Marić, Jordon Garrick.
Subs not used: Adam King, Steven Benda, Brandon Cooper, Liam Cullen.
Athletic Bilbao B: Hodei Oleaga, Jon Sillero, Jon Rojo, Yeray Alvarez (Capt), Unai Bilbao (Jesus Areso, 25), Unai Vencedor, Ohian Sancet, Victor San Bartolome (Andoni Fernandez, 85), Jon Ander Gonzalez, Inigo Vicente, Jon Cabo (Peru Nolaskoain, 51).
Subs not used: Unai Perez, Asier Cordoba, Juan Artola.