After gaining a long awaited victory over Cheltenham Town in their last match, the Yeovil Town Under 18s gained another impressive scalp this morning by defeating Swansea City on their home patch. A Danny Williams strike made the long journey deep into Wales more than worthwhile as they saw off a Swansea side full of Welsh Internationals and on a 10 match unbeaten run.
Both teams started tentatively with the Swans playing their pretty football in their own half, but showing no penetration. Yeovil had the best chances in the first half, Lewis Clarke being unlucky on 20 minutes when his shot struck the bar. Around 15 mins later Danny Williams found himself in front of an open goal, but managed to put the ball wide.
Swansea made Yeovil keeper Steve Boore work when he saved a point blank effort, then two minutes before the end of the first period, Lloyd Matthew unleashed a fine effort, but unfortunately the ball went straight at the Swans keeper.
Within two minutes of the restart Lloyd Matthews found the net, but was correctly flagged offside. At the other end, Swansea
saw a headed attempt from a corner find its way just over the crossbar. The Glovers were still managing to keep the home team's keeper the busier of the two, but suffered a blow when Matthews hobbled off ten minutes in to be replaced up front by Cory Lewis, who was carrying a hamstring injury and wasnít able to use his pace to its full effect.
A minute before the hour mark, Glovers keeper Steve Boore found himself one on one with a Swansea striker, only to make a fine stop with his legs. That save was to be crucial as as the Greens finally broke the deadlock seconds later when Lewis Clarke produced a wonderful right wing cross which hardly left the ground, Danny Williams connected perfectly and Yeovil were in front.
The home bench sprung into action bringing on three substitutes, all of whom have represented their country. However, it didnít affect the game as Yeovil, with their tails up, continued to harry and close down. After 70 minutes Steve Boore had to make his best save of the match, but it was from team mate Adam Wakley, whose clearance in the area was winging its way into the top left hand corner.
With four minutes left, Will Moggridge found himself in the book after an off the ball incident, spotted by a linesman. He had retaliated after having his calf raked by an opponent, his ripped socks easy to spot. That was the final incident of note as the final whistle blew, with the Glovers having knocked up a highly impressive win. Coach Gary Knight was full of praise for his team saying after the game:
"They did everything I asked. I wanted a high tempo pressing performance, and thatís exactly what they gave me. The boys applied themselves well. I always felt weíd score. I was happy to let Swansea play their football in front of us. I told them not to press too far up the pitch. We were content for Swansea to have possession where it didnít hurt, and thatís what happened. We pressed when in danger and won the ball back. I want to instill a level of confidence and unity in the team and see them smile. Thatís been lacking for some time and now, and as you can see, itís there. That is a very happy, united bunch of lads."
Final Score: Swansea City Under 18s 0 Yeovil Town Under 18s 1.
Scorer: Danny Williams (60 mins, 0-1)
Yeovil Town Under 18s: (3-5-2)
Sam Ford, Will Moggridge, Joe Grimstead
Adam Wakley, Tyler Sheppard, Tom Gallagher, Lewis Clarke, Ciaran Levet
Danny Williams, Lloyd Matthews
Subs: Adam Baker (71 mins for Tyler Sheppard), Cory Lewis (55 mins for Lloyd Matthews)
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