Report | Swansea City U23s 5 QPR U23s 1

14th March
Kyle Joseph

Four goals from Kyle Joseph inspired Swansea City Under-23s to a handsome victory over QPR in their Professional Development League clash at the Stadium.

Joseph netted two in each half before Ruben Davies made it five in a dominant performance for the Swans.

The hosts had trailed to an early goal from Harry Murphy, but they soon assumed control to ease to the three points.

Kris O’Leary’s side had been boosted by the inclusion of first-team squad members Joseph, Yan Dhanda and Nathaniel Ogbeta, although all of the trio are still young enough to be eligible for under-23s' football.

The first chance of the game fell to Joel Cotterill, Joseph’s deflected effort finding the midfielder on the edge of the box, but his shot was easily held by the goalkeeper.

The Swans had a goal ruled out after just 10 minutes, Dhanda finding Joseph who turned well in the box and found the bottom corner, but was deemed to be offside.

Instead it would be the visitors who would break the deadlock, with a QPR corner only being cleared as far as Harry Murphy, who steered a half-volley into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.

Joseph would soon find an equaliser, pressing the Rs defence to win the ball back in their penalty area, before levelling with a composed finish.

Midfielder Cotterill continued to be a problem for QPR, almost scoring directly from a corner before finding Joseph on the edge of the box.

The striker arrowed his second of the afternoon into the back of the net, ignoring white shirts in support to his right, to put the Swans ahead.

Joseph almost made it a hat-trick before half-time, turning the QPR defender inside out before putting his shot just wide of the post.

But the hat-trick would come straight after the break, Dhanda breaking forward and finding the former Wigan man, who finished well from close range.

Joseph wasn’t done there as he soon made it four.

Picking up Congreve’s blocked effort in the box surrounded by QPR defenders, the forward somehow held off all comers to squeeze the ball beyond the keeper and into the net.

Substitute Davies made it five shortly following his introduction in place of Joseph.

Lincoln Mcfayden, who was impressive throughout, once again finding space down the left before picking out Davies for a simple finish.

The Swans were given a warning by QPR who came close to pulling one back; Murphy’s free-kick finding Alfie Lloyd, who cannoned a header onto the underside of the crossbar.

Jacob Jones almost made it six, his excellent footwork working himself the space to curl a left-footed effort towards the far corner, but a good save from keeper Matteo Salamon denied him.

However, it did not matter in the final analysis as the Swans eased to victory. 

Swansea City: Nico Hansen, Lincoln Mcfayden, Tivonge Rushesha (captain), Cameron Evans, Jack Stafford, Nathaniel Ogbeta (Jacob Jones 45), Azeem Abdulai, Joel Cotterill, Cameron Congreve (Ben Lloyd 62), Yan Dhanda, Kyle Joseph (Ruben Davies 62).

Unused subs: Trialist, Scott Butler.

QPR: Matteo Salamon, Stephen Bala (Mason Obeng 72), Adam Dougui (Jamie Sacapon 62), Kayden Harrack, Issac Pitblado, Deon Woodman, Riley Cotter (captain), Harun Hamid, Alfie Lloyd, Harry Murphy, Brandon Aviero (Charlie McDonald 45).

Unused subs: May Little.