Report | Swansea City U18s 2 Millwall U18s 4

11th November 2023
Academy
Aimar Govea

Swansea City Under-18s suffered defeat as Millwall came from behind to claim victory in their Professional Development League clash at Landore.

Rohan Davies opened the scoring in the first five minutes for the Swans after some fine work from Aimar Govea down the left. 

But the lead was short lived as the visitors grabbed three goals in 10 minutes through Jack Howland, Frankie Baker and Alfie Massey respectively. 

Millwall had a fourth after the break after Adedapo Olugbodi fired a long-range effort into the net. Govea would pull one back for the Swans in the final quarter but it wasn't enough for the hosts.

Swansea had shown three changes to the side that had faced Cardiff City last time out, with Josh Pescatore, Kit Margetson and Harlan Perry coming in for Cameron Llewellyn, Ewan Griffiths and Dan Watts respectively. 

The home side started brightly, with Govea and Yori Griffith heavily involved; the latter firing a strike goalward which bounced off the crossbar with the keeper beaten.

The visitors also got some joy out of a high press after Baker broke free down the middle only for his final effort to be wide of the target. 

The Swans soon got on the front foot and took the lead. A lovely sweeping move from back to front saw Govea send Davies racing in on goal to steer the ball past the keeper and into the net.

The visitors had a chance not long after the opener. Kavalli Heywood got away from his man in the middle of the park, but his shot landed safely in the hands of Swansea keeper Margetson.  

Rohan Davies Swansea City Under-18

However, the Lions kept coming and they got their reward; Heywood driving infield to work room for a shot and find the net. 

The visitors then took the lead when Baker steered his shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. 

The hosts sought a quick response. Govea was proving to be handful down the left flank, and he combined well with Davies once again but the forward could not apply the finishing touch.

Instead, Millwall would strike again as Massey got on the scoresheet to put them in a commanding position.

The score remained the same at the interval but Swansea started the second period well with Govea causing trouble down the left again, combining brilliantly with Thomas Woodward and Griffith, but the move came to nothing.

Despite the Swans creating numerous chances, the visitors extended their advantage to three goals when Olugbodi lashed home from 20 yards.

The goals kept coming as the Swans pulled one back. The lively Govea was sent into space down the left before embarking on a mazy run past the Lions’ defenders to slot the ball into the net.

Swansea had chances to narrow the deficit further, but ultimately were unable to set up a grandstand finish.

Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Iestyn Jones, Arthur Parker, Jacob Cook, Ben Phillips, Harlan Perry, Josh Pescatore (captain), Yori Griffith, Rohan Davies, Thomas Woodward, Aimar Govea (Billy Clarke 80). 

Substitutes: Osian Williams, Ewan Griffiths, Teo Minchev, Aidan Higgins. 

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