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Under-23s fall to first defeat of the season

Swansea City Under-23s fell to their first defeat of the season in Premier League 2 (Division 2) following a 2-1 loss against Middlesbrough at Victoria Park on Monday.

After a goalless first half, Boro striker Arnel Jakupovic broke the deadlock with a low shot into the corner of the goal.

The Swans leveled five minutes later as Oli McBurnie's pressure on the defence forced defender Mark Kitching to nudge past his own keeper.

Despite more pressure from the Swans it was the home side who took all three points when winger Callum Cooke fired home at the near post in the final minutes.

MIDDLESBROUGH U23s: Aynsley Pears, Callum Johnson, Niall McGoldrick, Jordan McGhee, Mark Kitching, Robbie Tinkler (capt), Joao Morelli, Bryn Morris, Arnel Jakupovic, Alexander Pattison (Marcus Tavernier, 79), Callum Cooke.

SUBS NOT USED: Thomas McAloon, Matthew Elsdon, Junior Mondal, Joseph Fryer.

SWANS U23s: Mark Birighitti, Tyler Reid, Aaron Lewis, Ryan Blair (Jack Evans, 82), Keston Davies (capt), Joe Rodon, Alex Bray, Adnan Maric, Oli McBurnie, Tom Holland (Jordan Garrick, 64), Owain Jones (Botti Biabi, 87).

SUBS NOT USED: Ross Treacy, Tom Plezier.

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