Under-18s end Czech tour with win
Swansea City under-18s ended their tour of the Czech Republic on a high on Tuesday afternoon winning their final ranking match 1-0 over SK Slavia Prague’s under-19s.
The result means the young Swans finish 9th overall in the Generali CEE Cup with two wins, a draw and a defeat during their time in Prague.
Swans Under-18s 1-0 SK Slavia Prague
Swansea started the first half brightly with Brandon Griffiths testing Slavia Prague’s defence down the left wing early on, forcing two corners.
At the other end, Swans keeper Ross Treacey kept out an early chance from the Czech team, diving low to his left to keep out a header from a corner.
Despite pressure from the Czech team, it was the Swans who had the better of the first half with a golden opportunity falling to Jordan Jones inside the area on the quarter hour mark with the midfielder shooting just wide.
The under-18s had the ball in the back of the net on 26 minutes, a floated in cross from Sean Hanbury found Brandon Griffiths to slot home only for the goal to the ruled marginally offside.
Griffiths came close again to opening the scoring later in the half, his free-kick from 20 yards well saved by the Prague keeper to keep the score level at the break.
The Czech team started the second half strongly with Swansea working hard in defence to soak-up the pressure.
But, it was the Swans who took the lead on hour mark, a free kick from substitute Aaron Lewis found defender Ben Morgan on the far post to head home.
The under-18s had the chance to double the lead minutes later, striker Liam Edwards bursting into the box and shooting just wide, Griffiths also hitting the side netting after a strong drive into the area.
Slavia Prague went on the attack moments later, a shot from their striker after a break-away well saved by Treacey to keep Swansea’s lead intact.
The under-18s defended well late on to keep control of the game, a chance to double the lead on 85 minutes headed just over the bar by Griffiths after a whipped in cross by Causso Darame from the right wing.
Swans U18s: Ross Treacey, Connor Quigley, Dan Jefferies, Ben Morgan, Ben Jones (42, Aaron Lewis), Jack Evans, Thomas Dyson (87, Jack Fox), Jordan Jones (69, Keiran Evans), Brandon Griffiths, Sean Hanbury (79, Causso Darame), Liam Edwards