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Ramsay hails Under-18s' battling performance

Swansea City Under-18s came from a goal down to earn their first point of the campaign thanks to a 1-1 draw at Norwich. 

A young Swans side – missing five key players – defended well in the first-half to soak-up a number of chances from the home team.

Swans keeper Lewis Thomas pulled off three saves from the Canaries attack to keep the score level while Keiran Evans rifled a shot narrowly over the Norwich crossbar.

Both sides continued the midfield battle after the restart only for the home side break the deadlock on 71 minutes when striker Benny Ashley-Seal slotted under Thomas from the edge of the area.

Swansea continued to attack down the flanks and equalised five minutes later when full-back Mael Davies burst through the midfield to fire low into the bottom corner.

The U18s continued to fight and could have snatched a late winner through substitute Causso Darame, only for the winger's shot to be well saved by the Norwich keeper.

The result sees the U18s win their first point in the Premier League South Division since moving up to category one football.

Eric Ramsay hailed Swansea City Under-18s' battling performance after a 1-1 draw away at Norwich on Saturday.

A second-half equaliser from full-back Mael Davies saw the young Swans earn their first point of the season in the Barclays Premier League South Division.

The scholars could have grabbed a winner late on when substitute Causso Darame beat the defence only to see his shot well saved by the Norwich keeper.

Ramsay was pleased with the performance and hopes the result can provide a platform to build on this season.

“The lads did everything that was asked of them today,” he said. “Their quality in possession was excellent.

“We were extremely competitive and battled for the entire 90 minutes. We have built on the positives from our first-half performance last week and delivered it in today’s game.

“Norwich are a strong category one academy and the result today proves that we can deliver and get results at this level.

“Mael’s goal came at a good time. To hit back immediately was perfect - in previous weeks we have conceded a second goal and the game has gone out of sight.

“Due to injuries our squad is down to the absolute bare bones with a number of under-16s being called on to play up. 

“To come here and produce a battling performance which has earned a draw is even more pleasing.

“We now need to build on this performance and add more consistency and quality to our game in the coming months.”

SWANS U18s: Lewis Thomas (capt), Mael Davies, Matthew Blake, Jack Evans, Brandon Cooper (Ben Jones, 78), Dan Jefferies, Aaron Lewis, Jordan Jones, Sean Hanbury (Causso Darame, 74), Jack Watts, Keiran Evans (Finley Hazel, 85)

SUBS NOT USED: Alex Lang, Jack Fox

 

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