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Swans U23s: PL2 (Div 2) Champions

Swans U23 coaches Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards

Academy players celebrate successful season

Goals from Oli McBurnie and George Byers ensured Swansea City Under-23s earned the point they needed to secure the Premier League 2 (Division 2) title at Liberty Stadium.

The Swans had to come from behind twice as Daniel Armstrong gave Wolves the lead midway through the first half, but McBurnie's spectacular volley ensured the scores were level at the break.

The visitors retook the lead minutes into the restart through Duckens Nazon, but Swansea levelled again as George Byers cut inside the rife home just after the hour mark.

Wolves were reduced to ten men five minutes before the final whistle as Connor Levingston saw red for a professional foul on McBurnie.
But, the Swans held on the secure the draw they needed to be crowned this season's PL2 (Div 2) champions at the Liberty Stadium.

 

 

SWANS U23s: Gregor Zabret, Tyler Reid, Tom Plezier (Aaron Lewis, 54), Adnan Maric, Keston Davies (Capt), Joe Rodon, Daniel James, Adam King, Oli McBurnie, George Byers (Jack Evans, 89), Jefferson Montero (Jordan Garrick, 60).
UNUSED SUBS: Lewis Thomas (GK), Tom Dyson.

WOLVES U23s: Jack Ruddy, Aaron Simpson, Anthony Breslin, Conor Levingston, Connor Johnson (Capt), Ryan Leak, Dan Armstrong, Christian Herc, Donovan Wilson (Cameron John, 86), Duckens Nazon (Niall Ennis, 62), Nicu Carnat.
UNUSED SUBS: Dan McKenna, Joe Delacoe, Aaron Collins.

Both sides played out an even opening twenty minutes at the Liberty Stadium with only a few chances between the teams.

Oli McBurnie came close to handing the Swans the lead on 12 minutes as a superb delivery from George Byers free-kick found the striker at the far post, only for Wolves to clear the Scots' shot off the line.

At the other end a promising cross from Wolves attacker Duckens Nazon looked to create danger before Tyler Reid cleared for a corner.

Swansea looked to be controlling the game until Wolves hit out of nowhere to take the lead on 25 minutes as winger Daniel Armstrong beat Keston Davies in defence to fire home a fine solo effort.

Two minutes later and the visitors could have doubled their lead as striker Donvan Wilson was played into the box only to be denied by a sprawling save from Gregor Zabret.

The Swans looked to hit back with McBurnie and Daniel James almost getting on the end of decent balls delivered from midfield.

Zabret saved once more from Aaron Simpson's shot before Joe Rodon almost capitalised on a superb set piece that allowed McBurnie to cross inside the area only for Jack Ruddy to claim on the line.

Wolves looked to take the lead into the break until James' cross found McBurnie to fire home a spectacular volley to equalise on the stroke of half time.

HALF TIME: Swans U23s 1 - 1 Wolves U23s

Wolves retook the lead minutes into the restart as Wilson found space down the right flank to cross for Duckens Nazon to volley home from inside the area.

But, Swansea struck back just after the hour mark as McBurnie played in George Byers to cut inside from the right before rifling a low shot into bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The visitors continued to press and could have retaken the lead in the 72nd minute only for Zabret to punch clear Wilson's header from inside the area.

The Slovenian keeper kept the scores level minutes later as he dived low to deny a shot from substitute Niall Ennis from the right flank.

Swansea felt they should of had a penalty ten minutes before the end as Oli McBurnie looked to be fouled before getting a crucial touch to a cross.

The Swans continued to defend well to keep the scores level as Wolves were reduced to ten men inside the final five minutes as Connor Levingston was given a straight red for a professional foul on McBurnie.

The U23s held on to secure the point they needed ensuring they are this season's champions in Premier League 2 (Division 2).

 

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