Under-21s held to draw by Rijnsburgse Boys
23rd July 2015
The Under-21s were held to a 1-1 draw by Rijnsburgse Boys in their second friendly in the Netherlands.
They got off to the perfect start against the Topklasse outfit, taking the lead after just three minutes as Dan James cut in from the left before firing a right-foot shot in off the post.
The home side responded well as Raily Ignacio saw a low shot saved by Gregor Zabret, and the Swans 'keeper had to be at his best ten minutes later to produce a superb one handed save to deny Jeffrey Koemans.
Swansea finished the half strongly as Henry Jones' shot was parried clear by Rick van deer Burg, but it was James' early strike that was the difference at the interval.
Half-time: Rijnsburgse Boys 0-1 Swans U21s
Rijnsburgse came out of the traps quickly after the break and Raily gnacio headed straight at Zabret just three minutes after the restart.
But the striker wasn't to be denied on 50 minutes as he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to haul his side level.
The Swans responded well to this setback and they were unlucky not to be awarded a stonewall penalty as substitute Alex Samuel was tripped in the box by van der Burg.
At the other end, Koemans shot a fraction wide of the right-hand post before Ryan Hedges somehow headed wide from six yards out following a fine delivery from Henry Jones.
The visitors continued to apply the pressure in the closing stages and had an even better chance to win it with six minutes remaining as Hedges picked out an unmarked Samuel inside the box, but his header was superbly tipped away by the palm of van der Burg as it ended all square.
RIJNSBURGSE: Rick van der Burg, Roderick Gielisse, Jeroen Hessing, Nick Kuipers, Renee Troost, Jeffrey Vlug, Raily Ignacio, Danny van der Vijver (capt), Resham Sardar, Ismail Celen, Jeffrey Koemans.
SWANS U21s: Gregor Zabret, Connor Roberts (capt), Alex Gogic, Joe Rodon (Keston Davies, 45), Daniel Alfei, Henry Jones (Adnan Maric, 79), Trialist (Tom Holland, 56), Stephen Fallon (Ryan Hedges, 45), Daniel James (Trialist, 61), Trialist (Trialist, 75), Oliver McBurnie (Alex Samuel, 45).
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