Report | Swansea City U18s 1 Coventry City U18s 1
Swansea City Under-18s shared the points with Coventry City Under-18s, with both sides netting in an entertaining draw at Landore.
Byron Anthony’s side opened the scoring through Iwan Morgan, who had scored the late winner in the side’s first fixture of the season against Barnsley Under-18s, but could not secure all three points following Coventry’s equaliser.
The Swans enjoyed most of the ball and found themselves in better positions going forward, but failed to capitalise on some quality passing moves.
The Under-18s have now picked up four points in their first two games, putting them joint top of the U18 Professional Development League South.
After an encouraging first 20 minutes, striker Morgan put the hosts up a goal to the good, getting on the end of Charlie Veevers’ slick threaded pass and slotting the ball to the left of the keeper.
But the Sky Blues answered back just five minutes later, with midfielder Craig Hewitt skipping past a white shirt and firing home from long range, placing the ball just a hair out of keeper Ben Hughes’ reach.
Veevers, the 16-year-old who arrived in SA1 from Manchester United’s academy over the summer, found himself in the referee’s book at the half hour mark for a rash challenge on full-back Tristen Batanwi.
Cameron Congreve picked up a knock with 10 minutes to go in the first period, but carried on as the Swans looked to retake the lead in this closely-contested clash.
Coventry City defender Thierry Katsukunya had a chance to take the lead for the visitors 10 minutes after the restart, but dragged his effort from distance just wide of the post.
A break in the action just after the hour mark to attend to a downed Coventry defender saw the Swans make their first change of the afternoon; Richard Faakye was brought on the replace Congreve.
Coventry City followed suit five minutes later, bringing on Talon Sheppard to replace the injured Lewys McCatherty.
Just 20 minutes left in the fixture, Kyrell Wilson marked Byron Anthony’s second change of the game when he replaced goal-scorer Morgan, with the Swans still searching for a second goal and the lead.
Wilson’s first touch of the ball drew a foul from defender Joe Wynne, giving the Jacks a free kick on the edge of the box; but they could not make the most of the opportunity.
Hewitt, who scored the Sky Blues’ equaliser, was brought off to be replaced by Charlie Manners with five minutes till the full-time whistle.
A dangerous cross from the right flank found the feet of Zane Myers at the back-post, but his first-time effort was parried away for a Swansea corner.
Aimar Govea was the hosts’ final change, being brought on for Dan Watts in the final minutes of the game to try and steal all three points, but the spoils would be shared.
Swansea City U18s: Ben Hughes, Dan Watts. Zane Myers, Charlie Veevers, Filip Lissah, Ryan Bassett, Adrian Akande, Josh Edwards, Iwan Morgan, Cameron Congreve, Ben Lloyd (captain).
Substitutes: Aimar Govea, Tyler Evans, Dave Roberts, Richard Faakye, Kyrell Wilson.
Coventry City U18s: Luke Bell, Thierry Katsukunya, Tristen Batanwi, Lewys McCatherty, Joe Wynne, Fionn O'Brien, Bradley Stretton, Oliver Berry, Justin Obikwu, Isaac Moore, Craig Hewitt.
Substitutes: Talon Sheppard, Charlie Callaghan, Charlie Manners, Byron Wilson.