Report | Swansea City U23s 1 Queens Park Rangers U23s 1

11th February
Under-23s
Cameron Evans Stevenage

Ben Lloyd's late equaliser rescued a point for Swansea City Under-23s in their draw with Queens Park Rangers in the Professional Development League at Landore.

The 15-year-old debutant climbed off the bench to cancel out Manasse Mampala's earlier effort two minutes from time; becoming the youngest-ever scorer for the development side.

Along with Joel Cotterill, Lloyd was one of two under-16 players that Jon Grey named in the matchday squad - which boasted an average age of just 17.9 years.

There were also welcome returns to the starting line-up for Cameron Evans and Daniel Williams, while Ali Al-Hamadi was back from injury and got 60 minutes under his belt.

The young Swans dominated large periods of the first half, before a scrappy contest ensued in the second.

They fell behind in the 69th minute following a set-piece that saw Mampala's thumping strike leave Jamie Searle with no chance.

To their credit, the hosts refused to lie down and deservedly grabbed an equaliser with two minutes remaining.

The QPR goalkeeper could only parry Cameron Congreve's free-kick straight into the path of Lloyd who, with almost his first touches, made it a debut to remember.

"I was happy with the point in the end. I was quite pleased with how we performed," under-23s coach Grey said.

"We played the way we wanted to. We looked at a couple of things in terms of how we play in possession and more particularly, out of possession. That was quite evident in the game.

"I was really pleased for the two young lads. Joel came on for 30 minutes, Ben came on for 20 and both made a big impact on the game.

"It's testament to them what they've done with themselves when they haven't been here. They've had one training session and come straight into an under-23s game.

"After falling behind, I'm delighted that the boys kept going.

"In recent weeks, we've let our heads go down and conceded two quick goals. But they kept going and got their equaliser towards the end."


Swansea City U23s: Jamie Searle; Panashe Makokowe (Scott Butler, 60), Jake Thomas, Cameron Evans, Cameron Congreve; Daniel Williams, Ryan Bevan, Adrian Akande (Ben Lloyd, 70); Ali Al-Hamadi (Joel Cotterill, 60), Trialist, Trialist.

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