U19s into FAW Youth Cup 4th round with win over Bluebirds
Swansea City Under-19s booked their place in the next round of the FAW Youth Cup on Sunday with a convincing 3-0 win over rivals Cardiff.
The young Swans - which included a mix of youth and experience - started the better side at Landore.
Aaron Lewis’ 25-yard free-kick ensured Swansea took the lead inside ten minutes with a low curling drive to beat the outstretched gloves of Oliver Byrne in the Cardiff net.
The Bluebirds looked to get back on level terms straight from the kick-off as midfielder Sion Spence bent his effort just wide from the edge of the area.
Swansea continued to press in the final third as Liam Cullen’s fast feet worked his way into the box before being brought down by the Cardiff defence only for his claims for as penalty to be waved away by the referee.
Minutes later Cardiff winger James Waite fired his shot wide from inside the area before Lewis Thomas denied Jarrad Welch’s long range effort.
The Swans keeper was again called into action to save striker Mark Harris’ shot five minutes before the break.
HALF TIME: Swans U19s 1 – 0 Cardiff City U19s
Both sides calved out a midfield battle in the early stages of the second half but neither created anything in front of goal.
Cardiff tested Thomas on the hour mark as the Swans keeper saved Welch’s free-kick.
But Swansea extended their lead five minutes later as a goal kick from Thomas found substitute Jordan Garrick to race onto as the striker shook off his marker before rounding the keeper to slot home.
Swansea continued to threaten in the final third as defender Brandon Cooper’s diving header was superbly saved at the far post by Byrne before the Bluebirds keeper denied substitute Causso Darame’s effort inside the area minutes later.
The young Swans put the game beyond doubt ten minutes from time as Garrick’s square pass found Cullen inside the area to rifle home the Swans third.
Darame’s shot from the right wing could have added a fourth for the Swans minutes from time as Thomas’ save denied Harris before the final whistle.
SWANS U19s: Lewis Thomas, Mael Davies, Aaron Lewis, Tom Price (Jordan Jones, 70), Ben Cooper, Joe Rodon, Daniel James (Causso Darame, 46), Tom Dyson, Liam Cullen (capt), Keiran Evans, Liam Edwards (Jordan Garrick, 62).
UNUSED SUBS: Ross Treacy, Oliver Cooper,
CARDIFF U19s: Oliver Byrne, Cameron Coxe, Rhys Abbruzzese, Connor Young, Rollin Menayese, Lewis Baldwin, James Waite, Jarrod Welch, Mark Harris, Sion Spence, Ibi So Sani (Isaac Kelly, 79).
UNUSED SUBS: Scott Coughlan, Laurence Wootton, Jack Bodenham, Alfie Madden.