Report | Swansea City U23s 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s 2

25th November 2021
Scott Butler

Swansea City Under-23s were handed their first defeat in this season's Premier League Cup as they were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Swans opened their Premier League Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Exeter but were unable to remain unbeaten against their Premier League 2 opponents at Landore, as Owen Hesketh and Luke Cundle netted for the visitors.

Wolves went into the game having won both of their Premier League Cup games so far, defeating Exeter and West Ham.

Swansea controlled the early stages of the game, dominating possession, but both sides were struggling to create any clear-cut chances.

The first opportunity of the game came as Sam Leverett’s long ball forward found Lincoln Mcfayden on the left flank, he broke into the box but his low shot was saved by Joe O’Shaughnessy

Hesketh tested Jamie Searle in the Swansea goal a couple of times, cutting in from the left, but his shots were well held by the New Zealander.

Ben Margeston came close to breaking the deadlock 34 minutes in, his header from a Jacob Jones corner going just over the bar.

But it would be the visitors who took the lead, Searle got a had to Jack Scott’s cross, but it wasn’t enough to stop it getting to Hesketh who smashed it home from close range.

The Swans were straight back up the other end though, with Cameron Congreve carving through the Wolves defence, but his low ball was cut out before it could find a waiting Dylan Morgan.

Mcfayden led the fightback in the second half, his low effort going just wide, with the left wing-back continually causing trouble down the flank.

But Wolves would find a second against the run of play from the spot. A poor pass at the back allowed Cundle to break, he rounded Searle but the goalkeeper pulled him down for a penalty.

Cundle stepped up to the spot and sent Searle the wrong way to double the Wolves advantage.

Despite the set-back, Swansea continued to push for a goal. Tarrelle Whittaker’s low cross almost found Jaden Forrester at the back post against his former club, but the goalkeeper clawed the ball away at his toes.

Substitute Ben Lloyd also came close, a good pass from Forrester found the midfielder on the edge of the box, but he dragged his effort wide.

But the Swans were unable to break through the Wolves defence and will look to bounce back quickly as they return to Premier League Cup action on Friday December 3, when they host West Ham.

Swansea City: Jamie Searle, Tivonge Rushesha, Jacob Jones, Joel Cotterill, Scott Butler, Ben Margetson, Cameron Congreve (Jaden Forrester 73’), Sam Leverett (captain), Dyan Morgan (Ben Lloyd 78’), Tarrelle Whittaker, Lincoln McFayden

Unused subs: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Harry Jones, Rio Campbell

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Joe O’Shaughnessy, Jack Scott, Hugo Bueno, Pacal Estrada, Oliver Tipton, Justin Hubner, Jack Hodnett, Harvey Griffiths (Harry Birtwistle 61’), Conor Carty (Lee McLoughlin 14’), Luke Cundle (captain), Owen Hesketh (Tyler Roberts 72’)

Unused subs: Dexter Lembiksa, Erik Bugarin