Report | Swansea City U18s 1 Sheffield United U18s 1
Ten-man Swansea City Under-18s battled to a draw against Sheffield United in their Professional Development League encounter at Landore.
The Swans found themselves behind in the first minute of the game as George Dickinson struck early for the Blades, but Iwan Morgan soon levelled matters.
However, Swansea were reduced to 10 when Charlie Veevers was given his marching orders for a tough challenge in the middle of the park, setting up a difficult hour with a man disadvantage.
But the hosts dug deep to hold strong at the back and earned a point against an unbeaten Sheffield United side.
Before the game both teams paid tribute to former Swansea academy player Bailey Owen, who tragically passed away, with both sides observing a minute’s silence.
From the kick-off Sheffield United immediately pegged the Swans back, with Dickinson giving the visitors the lead after just 27 seconds.
But as the half progressed Swansea began controlling the game, creating a number of shooting opportunities and playing some fantastic passing football.
Morgan would level for the Swans 17 minutes in; a flowing move that started with Jada Mawongo at centre-back finished with Josh Edwards putting the ball on a plate for Morgan, who fired home to level.
Swansea continued to control possession through the half, but they were soon down a man after a challenge from Veevers.
The tackle sparked a melee in the middle of the pitch with a number of players being pulled apart and yellow cards being dished out, alongside the red shown to Veevers.
The Blades regained control of the game after this but couldn’t create any clear cut chances against the 10 men before the break.
The Swans battled throughout the second half, keeping Sheffield United chances to a premium and being patient in waiting for their opportunity to break.
Morgan came close for the Swans, breaking down the right, but his shot was fired just wide of the post.
Louie Marsh came closest for the Blades, his glancing header from a corner going just wide of the post.
But the Blades couldn’t find a breakthrough, with the 10 men of the Swans earning a hard fought point, while the visitors had Sydie Peck dismissed following the full-time whistle.
Swansea City U18s: Ben Hughes, Filip Lissah, Seb Dabrowski, Kai Ludvigsen, Jada Mawongo (Richard Faakye 70), Josh Edwards (captain), Josh Carey, Charlie Veevers, Geoff Bony (Kyrell Wilson 45), Iwan Morgan, Aaron Hillier.
Unused subs: Tyler Evans, Dylan Perkins.
Sheffield United: Henry Hampshaw, Sai Sachdev, Tom Angell, Oliver Arblaster (captain), Levis Pitan, Beau Anderson, George Dickinson (Fernando Macedo 59), Sydie Peck, Theo Williams, Louie Marsh, Josh Smith (Will Lankshear 59).
Unused subs: Luther Williams, Luke Faxon, Ben Drake.