U18s end pre-season with draw away at Chelsea
Swansea City under-18s ended their pre-season schedule with a well-earned 1-1 draw away at Chelsea on Wednesday afternoon at Cobham training ground.
The young Swans welcomed back a number of players who recently played-up with the under-21s this pre-season, Adnan Maric and Stephen Fallon both coming back into the starting line-up.
Both teams started brightly producing a fast flowing entertaining first half of football with each side creating chances in front of goal.
The home side missed an opportunity to take an early lead with Swans keeper Lewis Thomas saving well from an early Chelsea attack only for the rebound to hit the post.
Swansea took the lead after 18 minutes, a Tom Holland cross from the left meeting the head of frontman Liam Edwards to flick into the far corner.
Chelsea continued to push for a goal having a chance cleared off the line and also missing a penalty before the break.
Swansea made eight chances at half time and continued to play well in patches while Chelsea fought to battle their way back into the game.
Chances from the young Blues attacking four well kept out by Swans shot-stopper Lewis Thomas in the Swans goal during the second half.
Chelsea continued to push for an equaliser and got it three minutes from time, a low cross from the left wing tapped home from six yards out.
SWANS U18s First Half: Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Dan Jefferies, Ben Jones, Connor Quigley, Tom Holland, Sam Evans, Adnan Maric, Liam Edwards, Brandon Griffiths, Stephen Fallon
SWANS U18s Second Half: Lewis Thomas, Mael Davies, Ben Morgan, Connor Quigley, Sean Hanbury, Thomas Dyson, Jack Evans, Jordan Jones, Liam Edwards, Causso Darame, Keiran Evans
Swansea City under-18s first game of the season in the Premier League U18 South Group is at home to Leicester City (Landore) on Saturday, August 8 (11am ko).