Report | Swansea City U21s 4 Hull City U21s 0

4th September 2023
Sam Parker

Three goals in a little over four first-half minutes helped Swansea City Under-21s continue their unbeaten start to the season on home soil with victory over Hull City at the Stadium.

Kyrell Wilson netted the first two Swansea goals with a pair of well-taken finishes, before Sam Parker continued his fine start to the campaign with his fourth goal of the campaign.

Thomas Woodward would add Swansea's fourth goal in stoppage time, but their margin of victory could easily have been greater, with Liam Smith hitting the post twice and Wilson rattling the crossbar.

But the final outcome was not in doubt following that flurry of first-half goals, and it is now seven wins in a row at the Stadium for the professional development phase side.

It was also the ideal way to bounce back from defeat at Sheffield United last time out, with the Swans collecting a first clean sheet of the season into the bargain.

There were two changes from the under-21s defeat against Sheffield United with Richard Faakye and Myers coming to the side, while Sammy Henia-Kamau – fresh from a hat-trick in the under-18s’ win over Cardiff at the weekend – was among the substitutes.

The visitors had an early chance when Olivier Green lofted the ball over Evan Watts and the bar after the Swansea keeper’s pass out of his own area had fallen kindly for the midfielder.

The Swans responded, Smith seeing an effort blocked and Maliq Cadogan seeing a goal chalked off for a very tight offside call.

Cadogan then forced a sprawling stop from the trailist in the Hull goal while, at the other end, Joseph Johnson’s fizzing ball across the six-yard box proved out of the reach of all supporting blue shirts.

It was proving an entertaining content. Green rattled the Swansea post with a clever low free-kick, and the hosts countered immediately. Parker’s low cross was only cleared as far as Cadogan, only for a superb block to prevent the forward from finding the back of the net.

Kyrell Wilson

Cadogan was heavily involved, and the keeper denied him again when Smith played him in on goal down the left side of the area.

But the Swans did take the lead in the 31st minute, a lovely sweeping move saw Parker send Wilson racing in on goal, and the striker rounded the keeper before steering the ball into the empty net.

It was soon 2-0 and it was Wilson again, driving infield past a host of defenders to work room for a shot and find the bottom corner.

The goals kept coming, Parker converting a third in barely three minutes as he fired home with the aid of a deflection at the far post after Wilson had been denied a hat-trick by the keeper’s parry.

Parker and Wilson so nearly combined for a fourth Swansea goal before the break, a sharp attack ending with Wilson steering his header wide from Parker’s cross with the keeper stranded.

Still chances kept coming, Smith hitting the post from Parker’s lay-off, before Myers smashed an effort against the crossbar seconds later.

As it was, the Swans had a three-goal lead at the break, and they controlled the early stages of the second period.

Parker dragged wide after good work by Myers and Smith had sent him into space down the right, while Wilson spurned the chance to complete his hat-trick when he steered wide of the left-hand post with 20 minutes to play.

Sincere Hall had a shot blocked by Harry Jones after the Hull winger had jinked his way into the box from the left flank, while there was still time for Smith to his the post for a second time after being played in by Josh Carey, before substitute Woodward netted his first goal for the under-21s in the final seconds.

Swansea City Under-21s: Evan Watts, Harry Jones (Sammy Henia-Kamau 77), Kai Ludvigsen, Richard Faakye, Zane Myers (Josh Carey 81); Kian Jenkins, Mitchell Bates; Sam Parker, Liam Smith, Maliq Cadogan; Kyrell Wilson (Thomas Woodward 88).

Unused Substitutes: Remy Mitchell, Arthur Parker.

Hull City: Trialist, Kyle Fanning, Joseph Johnson (Jim Simms 77), Oliver Green, Jevon Mills, Alfie Taylor, Ray Palit, Nathan Tinsdale (Trialist 46), Henry Sandat (Tyrell Sellars-Fleming 67), Vaughn Coril (Ajay Weston 77), Sincere Hall.

Unused Substitutes: George Wilson.