U21s dominate to beat Stoke
A goal in each half from Oliver McBurnie secured Swansea City Under-21s second win in Premier League Division Two at Landore on Monday night. The Swans striker opening the scoring ten minutes into the first-half, turning well to fire home from a corner. McBurnie doubled the lead a minute into the restart latching onto a ball from Daniel James to turn his man and slot home. The striker could of had a hat-trick had it not been for the acrobatics of Stoke's keeper who also saved well from Josh Sheehans rifled effort midway through the second-half. A deserved second league win for the Swans U21 with few chances for Stoke at Landore.
SWANS U21s: Josh Vickers, Liam Shephard (Daniel Alfei, 58), Joe Rodon, Stephen Kingsley (Alex Gogic, 77), Raheem Hanley, Jay Fulton, Josh Sheehan (capt), Ryan Hedges, Daniel James (Alex Samuel, 77), Henry Jones, Oliver McBurnie
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Thomas, Adnan Maric
STOKE U21s: Dale Eve, Johnville Pringle, Bobby Moseley (capt), Eddy Lecygne, Liam Edwards, Ryan O'reilly, Serio Molina, Mark Waddington, Dominic Telford, Ollie Shenton, Joel Taylor (George Waring, 58)
SUBS NOT USED: Daniel Gyolli, Lewis Banks, Ollie Roberts
Head of coaching David Adams believes Swansea City Under-21s have hit the ground running in category one football with six points from nine in their first three games. The young Swans took a deserved 2-0 win at Landore training ground on Monday night thanks to goals in each half from striker Oliver McBurnie. The U21s could have had more goals had it not been for the heroics of Stoke’s keeper with chances from Kingsley, McBurnie, Sheehan well saved. Stoke’s efforts were limited to one chance in the second-half as the U21s cruised to a deserved win at Landore.
“It was a real team performance and a great result.” Adams said
“All the things we talked about leading up to the match were delivered by the players. Oliver McBurnie took his chances and scored two great goals.
"Liam Shephard looked excellent tonight, it was good to see him back after a long injury. He has hit the ground running and we hope he continues to progress this season.
“As a team we created a lot of good chances with spells in the second-half where we could and should have had more goals.” Adams continued
“When Stoke did attack we controlled the game well and didn’t concede under pressure. We managed the game well at 2-0 to get a clean sheet which is another positive.
“Overall we are very pleased with the start to the season, to get six points on the board out of nine is excellent. "We never knew how tough category one football would be but we have been confident going into the games, played our style of football and have adapted very quickly to the environment and managed the competitiveness. We seem to be on track at this level and are very happy with our progress so far.”