Report: Swans U23s 1 Blackburn U23s 1

22nd September 2018

Swansea City Under-23s added another point to their tally in Premier League 2 after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers.

Brandon Cooper’s first goal for the under-23s broke the deadlock in the first half, but Daniel Butterworth’s second-half strike ensured the points were shared at Landore.

The Swans made three changes to the team that started Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Cian Harries returned in the heart of a defence to captain the hosts, while there was a first start for 16-year-old Jacob Jones at left-back and Luciano Narsingh was given the opportunity to get some minutes under his belt.

In a first half of few chances, Blackburn created the better opportunities with John Buckley stinging the palms of Steven Benda and Butterworth shooting just wide.

However, it was the Swans that broke through 10 minutes before the break.

The visitors failed to deal with a corner and an unmarked Cooper ghosted in to head home Liam Cullen’s cross.

It was the centre-half’s maiden goal for the development side and first since finding the net for the under-18s against Chelsea in February.

Blackburn hit back after the break and went close to levelling with Okera Simmonds and Willem Tomlinson shooting over from close range.

The equaliser arrived midway through the second period as Butterworth’s powerful long-range strike was well out of Benda’s reach.

The draw puts the Swans on three points after six games in Premier League 2.

They are back in action on Wednesday, when they host Villarreal in the opening match of this season’s Premier League International Cup.

Swans: Steven Benda, Aaron Lewis, Jacob Jones (Oli Cooper, 64), Joe Lewis, Cian Harries (capt), Brandon Cooper, Marco Dulca (Kees de Boer, 40), Ryan Blair, Botti Biabi, Liam Cullen, Luciano Narsingh.

Subs not used: Gregor Zabret, Tom Price, Marc Walsh.

Blackburn: Andrew Fisher, Charley Doyle, Jack Evans, Willem Tomlinson, Matthew Platt, Joe Grayson (capt), John Buckley, Brad Lyons, Mitchel Canolin (Jack Vale, 57), Daniel Butterworth, Okera Simmonds.

Subs not used: George Wilson, Charlie Ablinson, Jalil Saaol.