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Match Discussion: Swans U18 v Exeter City - Friendly 2022/23

edited August 2 in Swansea City

This is the place to discuss all things related to the Swans U18 v Exeter City Pre-Season Friendly at Landore on Tuesday, 2 August 2022 at 1pm.

We'd advise that you check with the Academy in Landore on 01792 556500, before attending the game, just in case the game is being played behind closed doors.


  • Well, the weather's miserable, but Academy reception has confirmed the game's going ahead and that spectators will be admitted.

  • A thoroughly entertaining friendly in thoroughly miserable weather!

    The meagre crowd had to put up with being fully exposed to the elements – the game was taking place on the open pitch nearest the academy and for which the available cover was unhelpfully roped off.

    There were wholesale personnel changes made by Swansea at half-time, by which stage we were convincingly 4-0 to the good. The team maintained a fluid 3-4-3 shape throughout.

    The conditions favoured a quick passing game with lots of firm but honest challenges. The tigerish Josh Carey revels in these types of circumstances.

    Our front 3 linked really well and had the legs of the Exeter back four. We’d already breached the visitors’ defence to force 3 good saves before Geoff Bony broke away once more on 10 minutes to finish powerfully. Iwan Morgan added 2 similar goals in the 22nd and 33rd minute and completed his hat-trick with another strong shot right on half-time. Myers and Wilson were particularly active in opening up space for Bony and Morgan to move into. 

    While weak in defence, Exeter threatened occasionally going forward, the nearest they got in the first half was a shot from distance that struck the Swansea crossbar. A header from a corner a couple of minutes into the 2nd half narrowed the scores, but Swansea continued to dominate possession, with numerous chances being created. Cook and Davies went close. On 53 minutes, Mawongo struck the post from close range and could only watch as the ball rebounded back off the helpless keeper… only to hit the post again. Seconds later the ball was finally in the net when the Swans pressed and Cam Llewellyn was left with an open goal to slot in the 5th.   Although our XI was appreciably slighter without Morgan and Bony, our passing and movement remained swift and pleasing to the eye. 

    We’ll play stronger sides than Exeter, but both the overall display and particularly the individual performances of any number of players – notably Wilson, Bony, Morgan, Myers and Dan Watts - were very encouraging.

    The team(s):

    Ben Hughes; David Roberts, Trialist(1), Richard Faakye; Sam Parker, Trialist(2), Josh Carey (captain), Zane Myers; Geoff Bony, Kyrell Wilson, Iwan Morgan.

    We featured 2 trialists, both apparently from Fulham, one of whom looked particularly well-suited to our style of play and we may well see again. 

    All players with the exception of Hughes, Parker, Trialist(1) and Myers were substituted at half-time, with Jack Cooper and Jada Mawongo taking over in central defence, Cameron Llewellyn, Aimar Govea and Dan Watts going into midfield and Rohan Davies and Jacob Cook leading the line. Faakye and Carey reappeared on 69 minutes, with Parker and Myers being withdrawn.           

  • A first-half hat-trick for Iwan Morgan helped a dominant Swansea City Under-18s side to a comfortable victory over Exeter City in their final home pre-season friendly.

    Geoff Bony and Cameron Llewellyn were also on the scoresheet for the hosts, who had surged into a 4-0 lead by the interval.

    After a slow start, Swans began to control the game from around the 10th minute and Bony gave Darren Davies' side the lead in the 12th minute when he fired across the onrushing keeper to finish off a very nice passing move.

    After the opener, the Swans dominated and Morgan got his first in the 22nd minute when he was given time and space in the box and took the opportunity to slot beyond the visiting shot-stopper.

    The two sides swapped off-target shots from distance, before the Swans high-pressing game paid off to give them a third.

    Kyrell Wilson intercepted the ball and found Bony to put him and Morgan two on one. Bony slid in his strike partner who finished into the empty net.

    Exeter’s best chance of the first half came three minutes later when a snapshot from the edge of the box cannoned off the crossbar, but they found themselves even further behind before half-time.

    Once again, Swansea’s pressing bore fruit. This time it was Bony who won the ball. He once again picked out Morgan who still had a lot to do, but stroked the ball home beautifully as it nestled just inside the far post.

    Coach Davies opted for wholesale changes at the break removing both goal scorers as well as the influential Josh Carey – who was a key figure in the middle of the park – and several defenders.

    Swansea took a few minutes to get to grips with the new personnel, particularly in defence, and they came under early pressure. They were forced to scramble the ball off the line within seconds of the restart and quickly conceded a corner. The ball was whipped in left-footed and was headed in at the near post by the visitors.

    The home side quickly recovered from the early setback and Sam Parker forced two excellent saves from the keeper after arriving late to a cut-back ball, before a well-worked corner-kick eventually fell to substitute Aimar Govea who fired against the upright.

    The home side showed tenacity to win possession back quickly, and the ball was moved well reaching Llewellyn, who was unmarked at the back post and slotted home to restore the Swans' four-goal lead.

    It could have been more for the home side: Parker sliced a difficult chance wide after being picked out at the back post and the visiting keeper made a superb double save after the Swans’ quick passing sliced through the Exeter defence.

    The final 15 minutes became a bit scrappy with niggly fouls conceded by both teams and plenty of substitutions, but the Swans were able to see out the match to make for a fine ending to their home pre-season schedule.

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