U18s suffer Spurs defeat
Ten-man Swansea City Under-18s lost 5-1 against Tottenham in their first home fixture of the Premier League South campaign at Landore.
The academy Swans made the perfect start against the London side as winger Shaquille Wynter-Coles capitalised on a heavy backpass to beat Spurs keeper Joshua Oluwayemi after just three minutes.
However Tottenham hit back five minutes later through full-back Dennis Cirkin, whose close-range effortt arrowed past Scott Reed to level the score.
The Swans rode their luck as Phoenix Patterson struck the outside of the post with a shot from range.
But Spurs went ahead through J’Neil Bennett, who was first to react after Reed had saved well from a Dilan Markanday header.
Tottenham added a third minutes before the break when a misplaced clearance from Reed found Armando Shashoua and he teed up Bennett for his second of the game.
The away side continued to pile on the pressure in the second half with midfielder Harvey White forcing another good save out of Reed in the Swansea goal.
The young Swans pushed to get back into the game and came close through striker Jayden Reid only for Oluwayemi to save.
But the afternoon didn’t get any easier for the Swans with Will Rickard shown a second yellow for a foul on Shashoua in the 75th minute.
Tottenham made the extra man count and scored twice in quick succession, first through Cirkin before Bennett sealed his hat-trick.
The young Swans are next in action at Landore against West Ham United this Saturday, August 25th (11am).
Swans U18s: Scott Reed, Tivonge Rushesha (Jubril Okedina, 71), Jacob Jones, Daniel Williams, Cameron Evans, Ben Erickson (capt), Will Rickard, Ryan Bevan, Shaquille Wynter-Coles (Owen Evans, 58), Jayden Reid (Bradley Gibbings, 71), Mason Jones-Thomas (Ali Al-Hamadi, ht).
Subs not used: Luke Motruk, Nathan Shepperd.
Tottenham U18s: Joshua Oluwayemi, Maxi Tainio, Dennis Cirkin, Harvey White, Malachi Walcott, Luis Bunks, Dilan Markanday, Jamie Bowden (Maurizio Pochettino 75), J’Neil Bennett, Armando Shashoua (capt), Phoenix Patterson (Jeremie Mukendi, 80).
Sub not used: Kasper Kurylowicz.