Report | Swansea City U21s 4 Ipswich Town U21s 0
A Kristian Fletcher hat-trick and a Kyrell Wilson effort saw Swansea City Under-21s secure a routine home win over their Ipswich counterparts at Landore.
The Swans had control of the Professional Development League encounter from the off and led when Wilson coolly claimed his 12th goal of the season.
The forward then turned provider to allow Fletcher to net for an 11th time in Swansea colours, and the American forward brought up his dozen by stepping inside two defenders to smash an unstoppable strike in off the far post late on.
But he was not done there, sending a low shot into the net to round off an excellent Swansea move in the closing stages.
While the forwards will take the attention, this was a fine all-round team performance from the development side with a number of players - including centre-half Richard Faakye - turning in accomplished showings with the Swans able to keep the Tractor Boys at arm’s length for much of the afternoon as they secured a clean sheet.
The win also moved Swansea above the visitors in the south section table.
Swansea had shown three changes from victory over Bristol City. Remy Mitchell came in for Evan Watts in goal, with Lincoln McFayden and Fletcher starting in place of Maliq Cadogan and Cameron Congreve respectively.
The Swans took an early lead with a sweeping attack in just the sixth minute. Sam Parker was sent into space down the right by skipper Filip Lissah and the winger’s well-weight cross was controlled and calmly steered into net by the in-form Wilson.
The hosts were soon on the front foot again, Wilson just unable to tee up Fletcher before Dan Watts sent an effort wide.
Watts then worked the keeper from the edge of the box, before the Swans had a let off when Leon Ayinde’s shot beat Remy Mitchell but rebounded to safety off the inside of the far post.
Swans made the most of the fortune by doubling their lead. Wilson was the provider this time, laying the ball on a plate for Fletcher to send it back across the keeper and into the far corner.
However, Fletcher was guilty of not taking the chance to return the favour when he tried to finish from an acute angle with Wilson among several white shirts awaiting a pass in the middle.
The hosts were playing some terrific stuff, and strong play stepping out with the ball from Faakye kickstarted another attack, which ended in a Parker cross being turned behind for a corner.
The Swans were in control and Lincoln McFayden threatened to score a superb solo goal following a wonderful run and cut inside from the left, but he was crowded out as he prepared to shoot.
The lead could have been greater, Liam Smith volleying way over from McFayden’s accurate cross, but the Swans retained a deserved two-goal advantage at the interval.
The hosts remained on the front foot early in the second period, excellent hold-up play from Wilson seeing him link with Smith and eventually win a corner, which Lissah nearly turned in at the near post.
A lovely pass from Joe Thomas then allowed Parker to drive infield and get away a low drive that was blocked, before Fletcher fizzed an effort wide from distance.
Ryan Carr had a rare effort on goal for the visitors but his low strike was easily gathered in by Swansea keeper Mitchell.
But the chances were all coming Swansea’s way, and Wilson was left with his head in his hands after excellent work by Faakye, Watts and Fletcher teed him up only for the forward to snatch at his effort and send the ball wide.
Osman Foyo was off the mark from distance for Ipswich as the contest reached its closing stages, before Thomas had a header ruled out from a corner to deny Swansea a third goal.
But another Swans goal would soon arrive with Fletcher producing an emphatic finish after jinking away from a pair of defenders on the left side of the area.
And there was still time for another as the Swans moved the ball forward fluently to find Fletcher in space, with his low strike beating the keeper to cap off a fine team performance.
Swansea City Under-21s: Remy Mitchell, Joe Thomas, Lincoln McFayden (Zane Myers 46), Mitchell Bates, Filip Lissah (captain), Richard Faakye (Jack Stafford 84), Sam Parker, Liam Smith (Charlie Veevers 84), Kristian Fletcher, Dan Watts (Aimar Govea 84), Kyrell Wilson.
Unused Substitutes: Kit Margetson.
Ipswich Town Under-21s: Woody Williamson, Edwin Agbaje, Michael Lavin (Ayyuba Jambang 62), Jacob Mazionis, Dan O’Connor, Ryan Carr, Matty Roberts (Tommy Taylor 62), Trialist (Steven Turner 46), Ash Boatswain, Osman Foyo (Paul Moodie 76) , Leon Ayinde.
Unused Substitutes: Danny Cullum.