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Match Discussion: Swans U21 v AFC Bournemouth - Friendly 2022/23

edited August 3 in Swansea City

This is the place to discuss all things related to the Swans U21 v AFC Bournemouth Pre-Season Friendly at Landore on Wednesday, 3 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.


  • edited August 3

    Just back from the game where the Swans lost 3-0 (2-0 at HT).

    Despite dominating possession for long periods of the game and creating several decent chances, especially during the last quarter, some poor finishing let the home side down.

    The Swans also had a penalty saved in the latter stages.

    Will add more later but overall a decent performance and one which personally bodes well for the upcoming PDL season.

  • Having seen us perform so well at Haverfordwest on Saturday, I was a little disappointed with our showing today - although it has to be said that Bournemouth have some very useful players and played an intelligent game. 

    We persisted far too long with players playing in positions that they are unsuited for and we didn’t change early enough to deal with Bournemouth’s very straightforward but very effective handling of our gameplan.

    Our line-up was 3-5-2, with Azeem Abdulai lining up alongside central defenders Harry Jones and Kai Ludvigsen. Joe Thomas and Sam Leverett occupied the wing back positions, with a middle 3 of Joel Cotterill, Dan Williams and Ben Lloyd. Josh Thomas and Ollie Cooper started upfront.

    We conceded a comedy goal in the first minute or so – a poor back pass made worse by one of our central defenders failing to get the loose ball safely back to ‘keeper Archie Matthews. Bournemouth’s striker simply ran onto it and scored easily.

    We had a Cooper goal ruled offside 2 minutes later but otherwise Thomas and Cooper had to fight for scraps with very little service. It took until the 36th minute for us to create anything worthwhile, a Joel Cotterill free kick testing the goalkeeper from distance and Lloyd scuffing a shot a few minutes later. Bournemouth went 2 up on 43 minutes with a stinging drive from the edge of the area after Matthews had originally saved. That arose partly due to confusion of roles on the right side of our defence, the visitors’ left back galloping down the wing to deliver the initial crucial centre.

    Just before half-time, Ollie Cooper was unlucky to have his shot blocked by a Bournemouth defender on the line after Josh Thomas had chased down the ‘keeper and won possession.

    For much of the first half, play was condensed around the halfway line, Bournemouth pushing a very high line in the knowledge that the Swans were unlikely to resort to long balls. Abdulai’s contribution was subdued by his withdrawn position. His defensive colleagues today lacked the confidence to distribute decisively from the back. And, to be fair to him, Sam Leverett isn’t a left wing back.

    Things opened up more in the 2nd half and we started to create half-chances - Abdulai and substitute Lissah going close. 

    Bournemouth, who’d seemed content to soak up pressure and bookings, punished us with a ruthless breakaway leading to a 3rd goal on 71 minutes.

    Ben Lloyd had a couple of further chances, with no joy, and to add insult to injury, Josh Thomas not only hit a late penalty direct at the ‘keeper but also saw a further shot pushed onto the post.

    Filip Lissah replaced Joe Thomas on 61 minutes, Ben Blythe came on for Kai Ludvigsen on 66. Ollie Cooper, who looks much stronger this season, came off 12 minutes from time to be replaced by Corey Hurford. Azeem Abdulai was involved in some crunching tackles and finally came off injured a couple of minutes from time with Tarrelle Whittaker being given a short cameo.   

    We'll have better days, no doubt.

  • edited August 3

    You summarised the afternoon's proceedings far better than I @niallo11 😂

    I also realised I missed the first goal due to arriving late 🤪

  • No worries, fella, easily done - the crowd’s reaction to the early goal was mute disbelief!

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