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Richards hails U21s after convincing win

A dominating first-half display earned Swansea City Under-21s their fifth win of the season at Landore on Monday.

The development squad burst out of the blocks to take a quick-fire 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, with striker Botti Biabi netting his first goal of the season before Henry Jones added to the score.

Jones doubled his tally just before the 20-minute mark when he volleyed home from an Adnan Maric cross, and the young Swans completed the scoring when substitute Owain Jones slotted home a Raheem Hanley cross just before half-time.

SWANS U21s: Gregor Zabret, Liam Shephard, Raheem Hanley, Jack Evans (Kyle Copp, 60), Joe Rodon, Stephen Kingsley, Daniel James (Owain Jones, 30), Adnan Maric (Alex Gogic, 88), Botti Biabi, Henry Jones, Ryan Hedges

SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Thomas, Daniel Alfei

BRIGHTON U21s: Harry Doherty, Rob Hunt (capt), Dylan Barnett (Rian O'Sullivan 67), Dessie Huchinson, Ben Barclay, Tom Dallison-Lisbon, Joe Ward, Charlie Harris, Daniel Akindayini, Jack Harper, Connor Tighe

SUBS NOT USED: Robin Deen, Bailey Vose, Max Sanders, Will Collar

Gary Richards believes lessons learned from recent defeats helped Swansea City Under-21s produce a dominating performance in a 4-0 win over Brighton in Premier League Division Two on Monday.

The development squad raced into a 2-0 lead after just ten minutes at Landore thanks to goals from Botti Biabi and Henry Jones.

Jones volleyed home his second a few minutes later before substitute Owain Jones completed the scoring minutes before half-time.

And coach Richards was hugely satisfied with the performance that saw the young Swans take their fifth win of the season.

“It was a very good performance from start to finish,” he said. “We played on the front foot and were very aggressive with our attacking play.

"We dominated the first half and we managed our lead well in the second 45 minutes.

“Myself and Cameron (Toshack) are pleased with a more clinical performance in front of goal - it was something that had been lacking in our last few games despite some good performances.

“We have taken a lot out of our recent defeats and learned from our mistakes - we showed that in today’s performance.

“As a team, we now need to make sure we push on from this result, maintain our performance and carry that into our final game before the Christmas break."

The U21s' next fixture sees them take on West Brom in Tamworth at 7pm on Monday, December 14.


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