Llewellyn hails young Swans fight-back
A last-gasp winner from Jordan Garrick sent Swansea City Under-18s top of Group 3 in the Premier League merit division following a 4-3 victory at Derby.
The young Swans, who are now unbeaten in their last five games, fell behind after just eight minutes courtesy of Kellan Gordon's strike.
But the visitors responded quickly as Garrick levelled ten minutes later before winger Liam Cullen put the Swans in front with his fifth goal of the season on 22 minutes.
The goals continued to flow and Derby were back on level terms two minutes later via Cameron Cresswell equalised.
Derby were then reduced to ten men on the half-hour mark but still took the lead thanks to a goal from forward Luke Thomas.
Swansea rallied in the second half and were back on level terms just after the hour mark through pacey winger Causso Darame.
And the visitors made the man advantage count deep into stoppage time when Garrick picked up a pass from Cullen before firing home from inside the area.
Coach Chris Llewellyn hailed the young Swans; resilience after an end-to-end first 45 minutes.
“We are pleased with the win but disappointed with our first half compared to how we played last weekend,” said Llewellyn.
“We had a good ten minute spell where we scored two goals but for the majority of the first period we were not at the races and Derby punished us for that.
“As a team we responded well and showed good character and resilience in the second half make the man advantage count and fight back for the win.
“Our target is to remain unbeaten in this mini league. Today's result was not perfect but is another big step towards that goal.
“We have come a long way since the start of the season, which is pleasing to see, but we still have work to do and can’t be complacent going into our final games.”
SWANS U18s: Lewis Thomas (Capt), Mael Davies, Dan Jefferies, Tom Dyson, Matt Blake, Jack Evans, Jordan Jones (Marco Dulca, 46), Liam Cullen, Keiran Evans (Liam Edwards, 30), Causso Darame, Jordan Garrick.
SUBS NOT USED: Ben Morgan, Ross Treacy.