Under-21s battle back for draw at Barnsley
14th October 2014
A second-half penalty from Kenji Gorre earned the Under-21s a share of the points in a 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Monday.
Following a handball from Tykes defender Jack Cowgill inside the box, Gorre stepped up to net his fourth goal of the season with eight minutes to play.
Chris Llewellyn's side made the long trip to Yorkshire on the back of a 2-1 victory over Crewe last week, and again named a youthful squad for this Development League Two South fixture.
Henry Jones was suspended following his recent red card against Ipswich while Stephen Kingsley and James Demetriou were both sidelined with injury.
Josh Sheehan and Adam King were training with the first-team squad, while Modou Barrow, Liam Shephard and Jay Fulton were all involved in Sunday's trip to Stoke.
However, the Swans were boosted by the return of Rory Donnelly who played 45 minutes after returning from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season.
Barnsley - searching for their first points of the season - took a first-half lead when trialist Harvey Hodd saw his shot take a deflection that wrong-footed Oliver Davies.
But the Swans earned a share of the spoils when Gorre coolly slotted home late on, and Chris Llewellyn was pleased with the character that his players showed as they made it four league games unbeaten.
"For the first half an hour we completely dominated the game," he said. "We created good chances where we could have scored a couple, but then they score with their first real attack.
"We took our foot off the gas a little after that and the game became scrappy.
"But we didn't really get going in the second half until around 75 minutes, which is something we need to work on.
"To be fair to the players, they showed good character once more to come back from behind and we could have gone on to win it with the chances we had . Ultimately, we weren't clinical enough once more."
The Under-21s now face a trip to Queens Park Rangers on October 28, where they will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered in West London last season.
"We had two very tough games against them last year, and this will be no different," said Llewellyn. "We have gone four games unbeaten now but toady was another missed opportunity to pick up more points.
"Hopefully we can get a few players back and achieve the desired result next week."
SWANS U21s: Oliver Davies, Connor Roberts, Alex Gogic, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Raheem Hanley, Kurtis March, Corey Francis (Steve Fallon, 65), Kenji Gorre, Owain Jones, Ryan Hedges, Alex Samuel (Rory Donnelly, 45).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Thomas, Dan Jefferies, Adnan Maric.