Report | Swansea City U18s 2 Sheffield Wednesday U18s 4

1st May 2021
Ben Lloyd

Swansea City Under-18s suffered a second successive defeat after going down against an in-form Sheffield Wednesday at Landore.

The damage was done in the first half as Byron Anthony's side conceded three times in the opening 39 minutes of the Professional Development League contest.

The young Swans fell behind to Will Trueman's long-range strike, while they were caught out by a couple of set-pieces with Alex Bonnington and Caelen Kilheeney profiting.

And although Ben Lloyd reduced the arrears before the break, Jay Glover's second-half penalty was enough to secure a fourth consecutive victory for the visitors.

An own-goal gave the hosts hope in the final 20 minutes, but it proved no more than a consolation for them.

Anthony made four changes from the midweek defeat at Bristol City.

Alex Rutter started in goal and Kai Ludvigsen returned from injury at right-back, while there were also recalls for Scott Butler and Geoff Bony.

The Swans had the first sight on goal in the seventh minute and it took strong blocks to deny Ludvigsen and Lloyd.

But they fell behind four minutes later as Trueman cut in from the left before his low shot crept in off the post.

The visitors, who arrived in South Wales on a three-match winning streak, doubled their lead midway through the half. Corey Glaves cushioned a free-kick across the area, where an unmarked Bonnington tapped home from close range.

The hosts looked to respond with Lloyd working space to shoot from a tight angle, but his effort was beaten away by goalkeeper Alex Hare.

But they slipped further adrift to another set-piece six minutes before the break, when a cleverly worked short free-kick culminated in Kilheeney drilling home from the edge of the box.

Prior to this game, Wednesday had scored 11 goals in their last three outings without reply. However, their defence was breached in the dying moments of the first half, as a clever reverse pass from Cameron Congreve was fired home by Lloyd.

Congreve then went close himself with a curling right-footed effort that cannoned against the post with Hare beaten.

Looking to restore their authority on proceedings, the visitors increased the pressure after the break. Jay Glover shot just wide, while Basile Zottos hit the side-netting.

But they did stretch their advantage from the penalty spot in the 58th minute, with Glover sending Rutter the wrong way after Ryan Bassett tripped Zottos.

The young Swans replied 17 minutes from time when Joel Cotterill's corner deflected home via the head of a visting defender under pressure from Lloyd.

And they rallied during the latter stages of the contest, but were unable to find a route back as Wednesday ran out winners.

Swans U18s: Alex Rutter; Kai Ludvigsen (Dan Watts, ht), Scott Butler (capt), Ryan Bassett, Cian Williams (Joshua Carey, 61); Joel Cotterill, Cameron Congreve, Michael Murphy; Rio Campbell, Geoff Bony (Iwan Morgan, 61), Ben Lloyd.

Subs not used: Tyler Evans, Aaron Hillier.

Sheff Weds U18s: Alex Hare, Charlie Curtis, Paulo Aguas (Fuad Sesay, 90), Jay Glover, Corey Glaves, Luke Yates, Basile Zottos, Caelen Kilheeney (Leojo Davidson, 82), Alex Bonnington (capt), Will Trueman (Filimon Asfha, 74), Luke Hall.

Subs not used: Murtadhaal Al-Jahadhmy.