U18s defeat Norwich with five-star performance

23rd October

Swansea City Under-18s came from behind to produce a five-star performance as they beat Norwich City 5-1 in Premier League South.

The home side took a first-half lead at Colney Training Centre as Ayo Tanimowo’s counter-attack played in forward Anthony Spyrou to fire home.

The young Swans levelled early in the second half when Matthew Blake’s 20-yard shot beat Jon McCracken with a slight deflection.

The Swans took the lead three minutes later as Finley Hazell’s delivery into the box allowed substitute Mason Jones-Thomas to fire home from close range.

The visitors continued to attack as Jones-Thomas turned provider with an assist from the left wing for midfielder Oli Cooper to net their third goal.

Jones-Thomas capped a superb second-half display with his second goal in the 79th minute.

And the Swans rounded off a fine performance with a fifth goal in stoppage time as captain Brandon Cooper headed home his second of the season.

Coach Anthony Wright admitted he was delighted with the result.

“It was important for us to go on the front foot,” he said. “We were disappointed to be losing the game at the break but made some changes at half-time and put things right.

“To score five goals in one half of football was excellent and we hope to build on this win.” 

Norwich U18s: Jon McCracken, Alfie Payne (Capt), Atli Barkarson, Aaron Akyeampong-Ekumah, Ayo Tanimowo, Isak Thorvaldsson, Jaden Thompson-Brissett, Alan Fleming (Anis Mehmeti, 81), Connor Parsons (Finlay Barnes, 61), Louis Lomas, Anthony Spyrou.

Subs not used: Fergal Hale-Brown, Bradley Catton, Shae Hutchinson.

Swans U18s: Alex Lang, Rhydian Williams, Joe Lewis, Ben Cabango (Mason Jones-Thomas, 49) Brandon Cooper (Capt), Daniel Williams, Tom Price (Arnor Gudjohnsen, HT) Finley Hazel, Oli Cooper, Matthew Blake, Matthew Roberts (Shaquille Wynter-Coles).

Subs not used: Kees de Boer, Nathan Shepperd.