Report | Swansea City U23s 3 Stoke City U23s 4
Daniel Jervis’ stoppage-time penalty broke Swansea City Under-23s’ hearts as they went down 4-3 against Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.
The young Swans led 2-0 and 3-2 in the Premier League 2 Division Two clash, with Oli Cooper, Tom Carroll and Liam Cullen all on target.
However, they were pegged back by Jake Dunwoody’s 86th-minute strike, before Jervis slotted home from the penalty spot in the dying seconds to come away with all three points.
Carroll was included in one of three changes made by Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack to the side that were beaten 3-2 at Middlesbrough last weekend.
Meanwhile, Declan John and Barrie McKay were also given the opportunity to get some important minutes under their belt.
The Swans took the lead in the 21st minute through Cooper, before McKay set up Carroll to double the advantage seven minutes later.
Dunwoody replied for Stoke after 34 minutes while John’s stoppage-time own-goal levelled matter at the break.
Nevertheless, the hosts came flying out of the blocks after the restart and regained the initiative as Cullen scored his second goal in as many games.
At that point, the Swans appeared on course for their second win of the season.
But Stoke equalised with four minutes remaining through Dunwoody and, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, snatched all three points when Jervis beat Josh Gould from 12 yards.
The development side will aim to get back to winning ways when they travel to Reading on September 16.
Swansea City U23s: Josh Gould; Tivonge Rushesha, Cameron Evans, Brandon Cooper, Declan John; Jack Evans (capt; Daniel Williams, 89), Tom Carroll; Barrie McKay, Oli Cooper, Keiran Evans (Josh Thomas, 76); Liam Cullen.
Subs not used: Alex Rutter, Jake Thomas, Tom Price.
Stoke City U23s: Blondy Nna Noukeu; Scott Wara, William Forrester, Cameron McJannett, Ryan Corrigan; Tre Pemberton, Lasse Sorensen, Jake Dunwoody (capt), Thibaud Verlinden (Abdul Sankoh, 57); Daniel Jervis; Mohamed Sankoh (Ethon Varian, 68).
Subs not used: Conor Robson, Thomas Sparrow, Henry Nash.