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Match Discussion: Swans U23s v Larkhall Athletic - Friendly 2021/22

edited July 28 in Swansea City

This is the place to discuss all things related to the Swans Under 23s v Larkhall Athletic Pre-Season Friendly at Landore on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 at 7.30pm.

Bath based Larkhall Athletic play in the Southern League Division 1 South.

Share your pre and post match thoughts, views on Kris O'Leary's pre or post match comments and team selection.


  • Will fans be allowed to attend this fixture

  • I'm not 100% sure @RGD sorry. It may be worth checking with Ben Dovovan, the Swans Media Manager or contacting the Academy direct:

    Phone: 01792 556 500

    Email: jordanhughes@swanseacity.com

  • Former Swans Head of Youth Wayne Powell's son Liam Powell(former Swans youth team member played for the Swans U18 side as a schoolboy in 2003/4 and 2004/5, later a Bristol Rover trainee, a prolific goalscorer for non-league clubs in the South Western area and could line up for Larkhall Athletic this afternoon.

  • The email I received yesterday was clear that the relaxation takes effect from this coming weekend, so I expect there’s no relaxation for this evening’s game. I’d phone (again) to check (again), but expect they’ve probably blocked my number by now!

    it would of course be so much clearer if the club simply communicated the formal position via its website or Twitter.

    Cutting my losses & going to watch Ammanford this evening instead…

  • Niall, I just rang Academy and they said no general spectators tonight just 2 tkts per player as before

    They also said they had not heard that this would change for Saturday so I will check again Friday

  • Thanks RGD.

    The email I received came from Rebeca Storer, the Academy Safeguarding Officer.

    Anybody’d think they didn’t talk to one another🙂.

  • Won 4-1. No news on who the trialists were though!.

  • Only players mentioned in report were Lloyd and Cotterill, both 17 year old

    Any news on others who included 5 trialists?

  • Nope been looking in the usual places.

  • Swansea City Under-23s maintained their 100 per cent pre-season record with a convincing victory over Larkhall in Landore.

    Kristian O’Leary’s side led 1-0 at the break and stepped up a gear in the second half against their opponents from Southern League Division One South.

    Three of the goals came from trialists, with the Swans including five in their starting XI, with Joel Cotterill netting the fourth.

    The visitors were the first to probe and actually had the ball in the net after 10 minutes, only for the offside flag to be raised.

    The under-23s reacted well to that, and it took a superb one-handed save from the Larkhall keeper to deny Ben Lloyd after he had charged into the box.

    The Swans did take the lead after 35 minutes, with a trialist latching onto a return pass in the box before firing low past the keeper and into the bottom corner.

    Just two minutes after the break, the same trialist bagged his second of the night as he turned his marker before the ball was eventually worked to Cotterill, and his cross was tapped home between the keeper’s legs.

    O’Leary’s side continued to impose themselves on the game, and their third of the night came just before the hour mark as two trialists neatly combined to make it 3-0.

    Larkhall managed to pull one back four minutes later as the under-23s conceded their first goal of pre-season via the penalty spot after a trialist tripped his marker in the box.

    But it proved small consolation for Larkhall as the Swans struck again after 72 minutes. Cotterill pinched possession in midfield and exploited a big hole in the visitors’ defence before curling a bending effort past the diving keeper from 20 yards.

    The victory adds to previous wins over Trefelin and Barry Town in pre-season, while next up for the Swans is a trip to Southern League Premier South side Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

  • It is good to see the Academy in such good health, because I have a feeling we'll need to call on it more than ever in the next 5 years.

  • @Andrew_North_Hill - yes I could not agree more! And actually the one thing that has given me a warm glow over the summer has been the recalibration of the academy and a focus on developing our own.

    If (as seems increasingly likely) @Phillip is correct in that the American's 5-6 year asset stripping is close to ending - then the academy is what will keep the club afloat after they have gone.

  • Take off the tinfoil hat you'll feel better.

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