Report | Swansea City Under-23s 4 Crewe Alexandra 2

20th August 2021
Tarrelle Whittaker.

Swansea City Under-23s picked up their first win of the season with victory over Crewe Alexandra in the Professional Development League at the Stadium.

Dylan Morgan, Joel Cotterill and Tarrelle Whittaker gave the Swans a comfortable lead heading into half-time before Lincoln McFayden sealed the game in the second half.

Despite the healthy scoreline, the Swans had found themselves trailing after just two minutes. Joe Robbins dispossessed Jacob Jones on the edge of the box before cutting in onto his left foot and placing his effort into the bottom corner.

But the Swans responded just three minutes later. Morgan capitalised on a poor pass from keeper Sam Booth and tapped home into an almost empty goal.

Dylan Morgan (left) and Joel Cotterill (right).

Billy Sass Davies went close to restoring the visitors' lead with a powerful header from a corner, but Lewis Webb got down well to turn it past the post.

Cotterill fired the Swans ahead after his excellent one-two with Azeem Abdulai sent him through on goal before blasting a shot into the bottom right corner.

The Swans doubled their lead just two minutes later as Daniel Williams put Tarrellle Whittaker in one-on-one with the goalkeeper and the striker tucked his shot just underneath Booth.

The hosts had the chance to make it 4-1 before the break but Cotterill clipped the top of the crossbar from close range.

Kris O’Leary made a double change at half-time, replacing Tivonge Rushesha and Dylan Morgan with Harry Jones and Jaden Forrester, before Ben Lloyd was sent on for Williams on the hour mark.

Dan Williams.

Crewe pulled a goal back just three minutes later, Connor Salisbury was picked out in the box, and he calmly finished from close range.

Cotterill had the chance to restore Swansea’s two-goal lead following a fantastic pass from Lloyd, but his finish flew over the crossbar.

But McFayden sealed the win in injury time as he controlled Cotterill's pass before firing home.

Swansea Under-23s are next in action on Friday as they welcome Peterborough United to Landore.

Swansea Under-23s: Lewis Webb, Tivonge Rushesha (Harry Jones, 45), Jacob Jones, Azeem Abdulai, Scott Butler (capt), Ben Margetson, Joel Cotterill, Daniel Williams (Ben Lloyd, 60), Dylan Morgan (Jaden Forrester, 45), Tarrelle Whittaker, Lincoln McFayden. 

Subs not used: Nico Hansen, Adrian Akande. 

Crewe Alexandra Under-23s: Sam Booth, Travis Johnson, Sean Lowton (Charlie Finney, 60), Zac Williams, Billy Sass Davies, Connor O'Riordan, Madger Gomes (Owen Lint, 60), Regan Griffiths (capt), Connor Salisbury, Max Woodcock (Tyreece Onyeka, 40), Joe Robbins. 

Subs not used: Tom Booth, Ty Webster.