Report | Wolves U23s 2 Swansea City U23s 2

4th February 2022
Joel Cotterill

Swansea City Under-23s were denied a first win in this season’s Premier League Cup in unfortunate fashion as two own goals pegged back their advantage at Wolves.

First-half goals from Joel Cotterill and Rio Campbell gave the Swans a two-goal lead, but own goals from Tivonge Rushesha and Jack Stafford either side of half time were enough to get Wolves a point.

Cotterill had rewarded a fine start by the visitors when he gave the Swans the lead just twelve minutes in, his thunderous strike from the edge of the box firing into the top corner.

Just three minutes later the Swans doubled their lead, Campbell also hitting an unstoppable strike from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 against their Premier League 2 opponents.

Swansea controlled possession throughout the half, limiting Wolves’ opportunities.

But the hosts would find an equaliser just before the break, Harry Birtwistle putting a ball in across the six-yard box that would be turned into his own goal by Rushesha.

Just after the break it would be level, the trialist goalkeeper making a good save onto the post from Tyler Roberts’ shot, but Wolves followed up the rebound and Stafford’s attempted clearance was turned into his own net.

Jaden Forrester had the chance to regain the lead against his former club, Azeem Abdulai sending him through with a great ball, but the forward’s poked finish was saved well by the goalkeeper.

Wolves then came close to taking the lead, Dexter Lembikisa’s cross flashing across the six-yard box, but Hugo Bueno couldn’t get a foot to it.

Forrester came close again, Joe Thomas picking the forward out with a low cross, but he fired his effort over the bar.

The point sees Swansea eliminated from the Premier League Cup with one game remaining in their group but there were plenty of positives from another encouraging display during a run which has seen them lose just one of their last six games.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Palmi Arinbjornsson, Harry Birtwistle, Aaron Keto-Diyawa, Kam Kandola, Christian Marques (captain), Justin Hubner, Tyler Roberts (Dexter Lembikisa 58'), Harvey Griffiths, Nathan Fraser (Hugo Bueno 65'), Jack Hodnett, Ty Barnett (Oliver Tipton 45')

Unused subs: Pasca Estrada, Lee McLaughlin

Swansea City: Trialist, Tivonge Rushesha (captain), Jacob Jones, Azeem Abdulai, Scott Butler, Jack Stafford, Rio Campbell, Joel Cotterill, Jaden Forrester, Tarrelle Whittaker (Sam Leverett 82'), Joe Thomas

Unused subs: Leon Britton, Jamie Searle, Ben Erickson, Lincoln Mcfayden