Report | Swansea City U18s 1 Coventry City U18s 0
Cameron Llewellyn's first-half strike earned Swansea City's Under-18s a well-deserved victory over Coventry City in their Professional Development League fixture at Landore Training Ground.
The Swans created a plethora of chances in the first period, with the likes of Thomas Woodward, Rohan Davies and Yori Griffith heavily involved, but the breakthrough came from Llewellyn in the 29th minute with a strike from outside the area.
And the strike proved enough to settle the contest, even though the Swans may well feel they could have added to their tally.
Davies and Llewellyn had come in the starting XI after missing out for the previous game at Hull, while scholar Teo Minchev - who has just returned from international duty with Bulgaria Under-19s - made his first start after arriving from Arsenal.
Swansea started brightly, working Llewellyn into space down the right, before Aimar Govea chipped a shot straight into the hands of Luis Lines in the Coventry goal.
Lines was soon called into action again, cutting out Woodward’s cross as Davies waited to convert in the centre of the area.
The visitors then drove forward through Joe MacCallum with a promising attack, but his shot was cut out by the alert Kit Margetson between the sticks.
The Swans responded quickly on the break, Davies advancing forward and fending off three defenders in sky blue, before his cut-back was intercepted by David Mantle.
Ecuador international Govea caused some trouble down the left, providing threatening deliveries into the box, and one of those ended with Woodward - in search of his fourth goal of the season - sending the ball over the bar.
But the Swans were soon in front, Llewellyn producing a sweet strike from outside the area to leave the keeper with no chance for his first goal of the season.
The chances kept coming for the home side, this time with Llewellyn looking to turn provider for Woodward, but the right-back’s delivery was just too strong for his teammate to reach.
Coventry needed a response, and The Sky Blues came out of the blocks sharply following the restart. Indeed, it took a crucial block from Minchev to clear away Leon Osaghee’s chance..
But Swansea soon settled and Griffith could have two goals in the space of five minutes. First, his powerful strike from 30 yards narrowly cleared the crossbar, before the Coventry keeper blocked a close-range effort soon after.
It ensured Coventry remained in the game and it took a terrific covering tackle from Woodward to prevent Trialist B from going clean through on goal.
There were some nervy moments in the closing stages, but the young Swans prevailed to keep a clean sheet and secure their second win of the season.
Swansea City Under-18s: Kit Margetson, Teo Minchev, Arthur Parker (captain), Jacob Cook, Ben Phillips (Osian Williams 60), Harlan Perry, Cameron Llewellyn (Iestyn Jones 60), Yori Griffith, Rohan Davies (Josh Pescatore 80), Thomas Woodward, Aimar Govea.
Unused Substitutes: Kiel Higginson, Ewan Griffiths.