Report | Swansea City U23s 2 Bristol City U23s 2

17th January 2022
Jaden Forrester

Swansea City Under-23s fought back from two goals down to earn a draw against Bristol City in the Professional Development League.

The Swans extended their unbeaten start to 2022 with a third draw from three games so far this year.

The Robins netted a goal at the start of each halves, but two goals in the space of two minutes from Sam Leverett and Jaden Forrester earned a point for the Swans.

Azeem Abdulai returned to Kris O’Leary’s side after a spell with the first team, having been a part of Russell Martin’s matchday squad for games against Southampton and Huddersfield.

But the hosts fell behind after just 12 minutes, a short corner allowing Tommy Conway to be picked out in the box for a simple finish.

Swansea started to grow into the game as the half progressed, Cameron Congreve and Joe Thomas causing trouble down the Robins flank, but struggling to find a clear-cut opportunity.

Sam Bell had the chance to double the lead for Bristol City before the break, a long ball over the top catching out the Swansea defence, but the forward squandered the opportunity.

Thomas thought he had found an equaliser just after the break, but the wing-back’s header at the back post went agonisingly wide.

But four minutes after the break, Bristol City would double their lead, Bell being sent through once again, this time firing into the Swansea net.

However, Leverett pulled one back for the Swans just five minutes later, cutting in onto his left foot and hitting a fantastic curling effort in off the post.

And just one minute later the Swans were level, Lincoln Mcfayden finding Forrester in the box, who converted his fourth goal in as many games.

Mcfayden had the chance to put the Swans ahead with five minutes to go, Ben Lloyd putting in an excellent cross for the left back, but he couldn’t get a strong enough contact on the ball as it ended even.

Swansea City U23s: Jamie Searle, Joe Thomas, Jacob Jones, Azeem Abdulai (Rio Campbell 89’), Cameron Evans (captain), Trialist, Tarrelle Whittaker (Ben Lloyd 74’), Sam Leverett, Jaden Forrester, Cameron Congreve, Lincoln Mcfayden.

Unused subs: Scott Butler, Nico Hansen, Joel Cotterill, Rio Campbell.

Bristol City U23s: Harvey Wiles-Richards, Sam Pearson, Josh Owers, Dylan Kadji, James Taylor, Nat Williams (Jamei Knight-Label 57’), Tommy Backwell (Filbert Owusu-Ansi 80’), Omar Taylor-Clarke, Sam Bell (captain), Tommy Conway, Ramello Mitchel (Ollie Thomas 68’).

Unused subs: Mac Boyd, Prince Henry.