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26 August 2022 Venue Middlewood Road Attendance

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Sheffield Wednesday
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Swansea City
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U18s report | Owls 1-2 Swansea

26 August 2022

Wednesday’s Under-18s were beaten 2-1 by Swansea in their first home game of the new PDL2 season.

The Owls were comfortable in possession but twice got caught on the break by the visitors who left Middlewood Road with three points.

Iwan Morgan and Geoff Bony scored either side of Joey Phuthi’s equaliser for Wednesday in a game the Owls will be disappointed to take nothing from.

Devlan Moses almost put the home side in front with less than 10 minutes on the clock when he met Rio Shipston’s back post cross, but the forward’s header was glanced over the Swans crossbar.

The visitors adopted a counter-attacking style in S6 and broke forward with Sam Parker who cut in from the right and hit a left-footed shot into Jack Hall’s grasp.

Pacey winger Carlos Rodrigues darted up the other end for Wednesday and struck into Evan Watts’ arms from the edge of the area.

The Owls were in control of possession but the away side looked dangerous on the break and had two more opportunities to take the lead before half time.

England youth international Hall produced a fine front post stop to deny Parker for a second time when the right back’s powerful volley looked goalbound.

Then, Morgan’s placed effort was caught comfortably by the Owls goalkeeper before the referee blew for half time.

Wednesday came within a whisker of taking the lead shortly after the break when Shipston’s bending free kick beat the Swansea wall but clipped the outside of the post and bounced wide.

The lively Phuthi crossed from the right and found Moses but his header lacked the power to beat Watts.

Moments later, substitute Sean Fusire’s shot from the edge of the area whistled narrowly wide as Andy Holdworth’s side turned the screw.

But Swansea took the lead against the run of play on 68 minutes through Morgan.

Wednesday lost possession on halfway and the forward was played through one on one, with time to pick his spot, before sliding the ball past Hall.

Swansea were buoyed by the goal and Hall had to be sharp to defend a goalmouth scramble following a corner on 70 minutes.

And Wednesday capitalised on the keeper’s top form with an equaliser on 75 minutes.

Phuthi picked the ball up on the corner of the box and skillfully beat his marker before smashing high past Watts.

But the Owls were not level for long as Swansea regained the lead through Bony.

The striker was played through on the right and fired back across Hall’s goal into the bottom corner.

Wednesday tried to find a way back into the game but Swansea held firm to take three points back to Wales.

Wednesday: Hall, Phuthi, Maltby, Chapman, Flannery, Rodrigues, Tapudzai, Shipston, Thornton (Fusire 55), Maciag (Cadamarteri 55), Moses (Rhule 69)

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