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Under-18s suffer friendly defeat to Dagenham

The Under-18s' pre-season programme began with defeat as they went down 1-0 against Dagenham and Redbridge.

The visitors made a bright start at Landore and came close on two occasions before the hosts settled into the contest.

Swans midfielder Ben Jones saw a fierce drive tipped over by the Daggers 'keeper, while at the other end Lewis Thomas had to be alert to keep out a low shot from 18 yards.

However, Dagenham came even closer to opening the scoring shortly before the break as they struck the woodwork after a flowing counter attack.

The home side made seven changes at the break and found themselves a goal down just three minutes after the restart after a cool finish from inside the penalty area.

The Swans looked to respond and came close when Liam Cullen saw a close-range header cleared off the line.

Cullen was again involved late on as he was sent clean through on goal, but his tame effort was comfortably saved by the goalkeeper.

SWANS U18s (first half): Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Ben Jones, Dan Jefferies, Connor Quigley, Tom Dyson, Jack Evans, Ashleigh Harries, Marcelo Jones, Kieran Evans, Brandon Griffiths.

SWANS U18s (second half): Lewis Thomas (Ross Tracey, 60), Miel Davies, Ben Morgan, Jordan Jones, Ben Jones (Dan Jefferies, 70), Sean Hanbury, Tom Dyson (Trialist, 65), Liam Edwards, Liam Cullen, Causso Drame, Marcelo Jones (Trialist, 65).

 

The Under-21s return to pre-season action on Wednesday (July 15) when they take on Conference side Wrexham at Landore (3pm).

Entry is FREE to all supporters, though there will be no parking at Landore due to ongoing building work.

Meanwhile, Under-21 defender Alex Gogic has signed a new one-year contract at the Liberty Stadium to keep him at the club until June 2016.

 


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