Under-18s' coach Jarred Harvey delighted to bounce back with a victory

16th February
Jarred Harvey U18s

Coach Jarred Harvey believes Swansea City Under-18s got the rewards for their hard work and learning from recent performances after they beat Colchester United 5-1 at Landore.

A brace from Thomas Woodward, and goals from Sammy Henia-Kamau, Jack Fanning and Yori Griffith saw the Swans get their first league win in four games courtesy of a dominant performance. 

Harvey was pleased to bounce back with an emphatic win after a tough run of results, and he credited his players for having reacted in the right manner, and believes it will be beneficial for their development.

"We've had some difficult weeks recently, a lot of travelling and a lot of games, but a lot of work has been done on the training pitch, and that showed," said Harvey.

"I thought we were really good, you can see the learning is there and the players are always improving. We used the ball much better, utilised both boxes and we bounced back.

"I thought the structure of the team was excellent and the boys scored some real quality goals.

"It was a solid team performance, one where they got each other into good positions and they all supported each other, especially the younger players.

"We've got players on international duty, which is great and we've got players to come back from injury next week, so everyone's getting those minutes under their belt.

"There were many standout performances, Cam [Llewellyn] had four assists, and he should be proud of himself. Aimar Govea didn't stop running and being dangerous on the press.

"But overall, everyone on that pitch deserves credit and we'll be ready to go again in the PDL Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United next week.

"It is just the one win, which we shouldn't get carried away with. We'll take time to rest and get back out to work on the training pitch."

Caio Ifans

Harvey also praised the performances from under-16 players Caio Ifans - who has just returned from injury - Callum Jones and Brogan Popham.

"I thought Caio was incredible, especially after coming back from an injury. He really showed the physicality and intensity that is needed at under-18s level," added Harvey.

"Callum Jones, when called upon, always brings pace and for a 16-year-old, he's brilliant.

"We hope to keep giving these youngster vital time in the upper-age groups as that's how they learn and they're always supported by the older players."