Report | Swansea City U18s 0 Cardiff City U18s 2

6th November 2021
Harry Jones

Swansea City Under-18s were beaten by Cardiff City Under-18s in the Professional Development League in Landore.

The game saw Darren Davies take charge of the under-18s for the first time since becoming head coach, but he couldn’t get the dream start against Cardiff.

Swansea dominated the possession in the early stages of the game and continually pressed to win the ball back high up the pitch.

But the Swans struggled to create clear cut chances and find that final ball to break the Cardiff defence, with Cameron Congreve and Ben Lloyd both trying their luck from distance several times.

Adrian Akande went closest to putting the Swans ahead as he cut in from the right, but his effort was tame and easily held by Jacob Dennis in the Cardiff goal.

But it was Cardiff who broke the deadlock through Joel Colwill. His long-range effort was just too powerful for Ben Hughes, who got a hand to the ball but couldn't prevent it from crossing the line.

The Bluebirds almost made it two just before the break, with Jac Clay’s header from a corner forcing an athletic save from Hughes.

Swansea came out seeking an equaliser in the second half, with Congreve crossing for David Roberts, but he couldn’t get a strong enough connection with his header.

Filip Lissah then broke forward from right-back and unleashed a powerful shot on his left foot that the goalkeeper had to parry behind for a corner.

But Cardiff would double their lead after 75 minutes after Caleb Hughes' free-kick clipped the underside of the crossbar before hitting the back of the net.

Charlie Veevers went close to pulling one back for the Swans with a curling free kick, but his effort went over the bar.

Swansea City Under-18s: Ben Hughes, Filip Lissah, Zane Myers, Joel Cotterill (capt), David Roberts, Harry Jones, Adrian Akande, Ben Lloyd, Kyrell Wilson (Kieran Petrie, 79), Cameron Congreve (Charlie Veevers, 79), Aaron Hillier (Geoff Bony, 70).

Unused subs: Sam Seager, Seb Dabrowski.

Cardiff City Under-18s: Jacob Dennis, Aidan Macnamara, Joe Keeping (Isaac Jefferies, 58), Josh Rippon (capt), Jac Clay, Caleb Hughes, Rhys Schwank, Joel Colwill (Tanatswa Nyakuwha, 88), James Crole, Cian Ashford, Morgan Wigley.

Unused subs: Charlie Crew, Japhet Mpadi, Will Spiers.