Report | Swansea City U18s 7 Wigan Athletic 3

29th April 2023
Charlie Veevers

Four goals from Iwan Morgan, a brace from Kyrell Wilson and a Charlie Veevers strike ensured Swansea City Under-18s  finished their season on a high with yet another high-scoring victory against Wigan Athletic.

The Swans had the ball in the net in the first five minutes thanks to a superb free-kick from Veevers, but a first-half hat-trick from Harrison Bettoni put the Latics on top.

But Morgan would reply in kind with a hat-trick of his own - his second in as many games - to put the Swans 4-3 to the good.

And further goals from the striker - taking his tally for the season to 28 - and Kyrell Wilson sealed the win at Landore.

February arrival Jack Fanning returned to the matchday squad after injury, whilst Aimar Govea made the starting XI following a two-month international stint with Ecuador Under-17s.

Veevers was handed his first start in over a year following his recent return to full fitness and he gave the home side the dream start, curling his free-kick into the roof of the net to put the hosts ahead after a bright start.

However, the lead was short lived. A deep cross from the left allowed Bettoni to turn in the ball from close-range, just minutes later. 

The visitors remained a threat on the break, and it required a superb stop from Kit Margetson to deny Nathan Sandison’s free header, before Morgan cleared Christy Edwards’ short corner. 

The Swans found themselves behind as Bettoni tapped it in from a clever corner routine, with his strike just beyond a full-stretch Margetson.

Iwan Morgan


Jada Mawongo made two crucial blocks on the stroke of half time to keep Bettoni and Elijah Igiehon at bay, but the Latics midfielder would soon complete his treble from the penalty spot after a foul in the area.

The goals kept coming as Swansea delivered an immediate response. Sam Parker’s laid the ball off for Morgan, whose low shot confounded Matt Corran in the Wigan goal as it went through the keeper and into the net. 

That meant the Swans trailed by a solitary goal at the break, and they were level early in the second half.

Jacob Cook hooked the ball over his shoulder and Morgan was lurking at the far post to tap the ball in. 

The young Swans - who are no stranger high-scoring comeback wins this season - were back on the front foot moments later, and it was  Morgan again who fired an unstoppable curling shot beyond the grasp of Corran and into the bottom corner to give them the lead.

Substitute Wilson would soon add Swansea's fifth as his scuffed effort found the net after Morgan had been denied by the feet of keeper Corran.

Swansea continued to ease away from the visitors. Morgan unleashing a thunderous free-kick that flew into the top corner of the net for his fourth goal of the contest.

And the hosts were not done, with Wilson getting his second goal in stoppage time, driving down the right before cutting infield to advance on goal and dink the ball over the keeper.

Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Arthur Parker (Jack Fanning 51'), Richard Faakye, Jacob Cook, Jada Mawongo, Dan Watts, Sam Parker, Charlie Veevers (Jack Cooper 45'), Geoff Bony (Rohan Davies 74'), Iwan Morgan, Aimar Govea (Kyrell Wilson 52'). 

Unused subs: Ewan Griffiths.

Wigan Athletic Under-18s: Matt Corran, Callum Jones, Eko Solomon, James Knott, Sam Bolland, Matthew Eckersall, Christy Edwards (Oscar Harris 81'), Kai Payne, Nathan Sandison, Harrison Bettoni, Elijah Igiehon.

Unused subs: Matt Wonnacott, Harrison Rimmer.