Under-21's suffer defeat in opening friendly

14th July 2014

Swansea City Under-21s suffered a narrow defeat in their opening pre-season friendly against Wrexham.
Chris Llewellyn's young side travelled north to begin preparations for the new campaign in a game that was overshadowed by a bad injury to Reds defender Neil Ashton.
Play was stopped for what seemed like an eternity as medics tended to the stricken left-back, who came off worst in an aerial collision after 56 minutes.
Louis Moult almost opened the scoring early on, but his shot was blocked by defender Alan Tate.
The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot after Raheem Hanley had adjudged to have fouled Andy Bishop in the box, with the Wrexham man picking himself up to slot home after 26 minutes.

WREXHAM: Coughlin; Carrington, Clowes, Hudson, Ashton; Bailey-Jones, Harris, Keates (cpt), Durrell; Bishop, Moult. 
Subs: Roberts, Tomassen, Wright, White, Rushton, Evans, Royle, Smith, Cranston, Parry, McQuade. 

SWANS U21s: Davies, Shephard, Hanley, Francis, Tate, Gogic, Obeng, Henry Jones, Loveridge, Evans, Hedges. 
Subs: Zabret, Tancock, Joseph Jones, Roberts, Lucas, March, Scott, Samuel, Gorre.

** Meanwhile, Swansea City Under-18s recorded a 2-0 victory over Newport County, while the Under-16s got their pre-season campaign off to a flying start with a comprehensive 6-1 win over County.