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Match Discussion: Exeter City U23s v Swansea City U23s - Premier League Cup 2021/22

edited September 8 in Swansea City

This is the place to discuss the Exeter City U23s v Swansea City U23s Premier League Cup game at St James Park on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 at 7pm.

As always, we'll try and share any updates we have from official (club or player) sources.

Here's the preview from the Swans Official Site:

Swansea City Under-23s get their season under way on Tuesday night as they take on Exeter City in the Premier League Cup at St James Park (7pm).

After seeing Professional Development League South games against Sheffield United and Coventry City called off, the Swans start their 2021-22 campaign against the Grecians in a group that also includes West Ham and Wolves.

It has proved a frustrating period for the club’s squad and staff, but coach Kris O’Leary is looking forward to seeing the hard work put in this summer put to good use.

“Everyone is really looking forward to finally playing our first game of the season,” said O’Leary.

“It has been a bit frustrating for the lads because a lot of hard work was put in over the summer by the players and staff, but hopefully we will now see that effort and commitment pay off.

“It’s an exciting competition and we’re looking to get off on the right foot with a good performance and result against Exeter.

“It will be a really good test for us.”

The Swans will be without Ben Erickson and Michael Murphy due to illness, while Harry Jones, Josh Edwards and Ben Margetson are on international duty.


  • Swans side tonight. Nicked from twitter as no mention on the see wans site!

  • Exeter 1 Swans 1 , 10 mins to go .

  • Dylan Morgan scored the Swans goal , great shot keeper no chance .

  • 1 - 1 final score .

  • Exeter did pretty thorough updates on their twitter account. If a League Two club can manage it...

    In the past we've used the cup fixtures to blood youngsters. With the cancellations and covid though who knows. Most of those we'd expect to start most u23s games.

  • Here's the some brief highlights from the game last night:

  • Here are Kris O'Leary's post match thoughts:

    Swansea Under-23s coach Kris O’Leary was proud of his side’s efforts in their 1-1 draw with Exeter City Under-23s in the Premier League Cup.

    The Swans shared the spoils in their tournament and season opener; taking the lead through a fine goal from Dylan Morgan, before Callum Rowe levelled for the hosts.

    The visitors – missing a number of players due to international call-ups - fielded a youthful side at St James Park, against a home side who included a number of players with first-team experience in their line-up.

    And O’Leary was impressed with the performance from the young Swans.

    “We dominated decent parts of the game and it was a very different game then what the boys have come up against before,” said O’Leary.

    “It was a really enjoyable game, there were three or four 16-year-olds in our team tonight and I thought they played really, really, well.

    “We expected them to have an experienced team, we had a couple of boys playing out of position due to international call ups and the 16-year-old boys adapted really well.

    “Not many of them get the chance to come and play on a first-team pitch, in a cup game under the lights – they are all contributing factors but overall, I think they handled themselves really well.

    “It has been four weeks since our last friendly so it’s been a long time, that’s pretty much an off season, so credit to the performance staff for how they got us through the 90 minutes against a big physical side.”

    Morgan gave Swansea the lead with an excellent tricky run and a spectacular curling effort from the edge of the box.

    O’Leary was happy with the way Morgan looked to express himself on the pitch, and wants him to keep that as part of his game.

    “He’s got that in his locker and that’s the sort of player we brought in, he caught the eye when he came in on trial and there’s this raw edge to him that you don’t want to coach out of him, you want him to play and adapt the tactical side of his game,” added O’Leary.

    “We know he’s a great kid, when he earned his contract you could see in his eyes the delight, and those are the kids that you look at and you think, ‘well done, you deserve it’ and you want to work with.

    “Thankfully we’ve got a group of young men here who are really receptive to the work we put in and as a group are fantastic to work with.”

    O’Leary’s side kick off their league campaign on Monday as they travel to Hull City in the Professional Development League.

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