Swansea City Under-23s Gary Richards
22nd December 2016
Coach Gary Richards expressed his delight with a 2-1 International Cup win over Chelsea as Swansea City Under-23s came from behind to take victory in Aldershot on Thursday.
A first half goal from midfielder Josimar Quintero was cancelled out ten minutes into the restart by a penalty from Botti Biabi.
Swansea snatched all three points late on with a strike from substitute Daniel James ensuring the development squad took all three points to cement a second place finish in Group D.
Despite one group needing to be finalised, Thursday's result ensures the young Swans will progress to the quarter final of the competition as one of two best placed runner-up teams on goal difference.
The draw for the next round will be decided in the New Year and under-23s coach Gary Richards was delighted to end the year eight games unbeaten.
"It is great to end 2016 on a high with a victory like that," he said. "We are delighted with the result and performance.
"The fact we have come and competed against a top academy like Chelsea only shows how much progress we have made this season.
"We stayed in the game after going one-nil down and battled to get ourselves back into it and looked a real threat on the counter-attack.
"Daniel James made the difference in the second half but there was some excellent performances from our players all over the pitch tonight.
"To come through this group unbeaten and to finish second is a testament to our young players. We are delighted to progress to the quarter-finals and look forward to testing ourselves against more European opposition come 2017."
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