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Swindon Town U18s 5-2 Newport County U18s

Town's U18s get their first three points of the season

20 August 2023

Academy News

Swindon Town U18s 5-2 Newport County U18s

Town's U18s get their first three points of the season

20 August 2023

Swindon Town put their first three points on the table in their Youth Alliance league after an emphatic 5-2 victory against Newport County at Beversbrook.

A brace from Kanu and goals from Hubbard, Gray and Chard secured a well-deserved three points.

Chances are becoming a regular occurrence for Swindon, as within the first couple of minutes Kanu found himself in a situation, by his standards, he will have been disappointed to miss.

Unfortunately for Town, early dominance wasn’t enough, as Newport scored with their first shot on goal, in the fifth minute.

After constant pressure being applied by Sean Woods’ side throughout the first half; it was Obodo who looked the most threatening, with his pace causing problems down the right-hand side.

However, it wouldn’t be a Kanu performance without a goal he soon found space in behind the defence to finally roll the ball into the bottom right-hand corner and equalise.

The constant pressure helped Swindon go into the second half in a healthy position.

Half Time: Swindon 1-1 Newport

After a quiet start to the second half, Hubbard did what he does best and brought some entertainment into the game with some silky dribbling and a nice nutmeg, to warn County of what he is capable of.

It wouldn’t stay quiet for long though as Kanu managed to find himself in behind the defence yet again and beat the goalkeeper to the ball and he was brought down for a penalty.

Kanu won it and Kanu took it.

This led to the inevitable outcome; with a misdirecting look to the left with his eyes but a calm composed finish down the middle; Town took the lead for the first time.

With only ten minutes remaining on the clock, Swindon were looking to hold out but Newport kept fighting and scored with only their third shot on target.

As the game looked to be ending in a draw, a moment of magic gave Swindon a second wind to take the initiative and score three quickfire goals.

In the 88th minute, Hubbard picked up the ball and drove forward before he created space and drilled the ball across the goalkeeper’s body and into the back of the net with a well-taken finish.

Despite that finish from Hubbard, that wasn’t enough for Wood or his side.

In the 90th minute, Kanu looked destined to score a hattrick, but the Newport goalkeeper made a fantastic save, only for substitute Gray, to get the leftovers and put it into the back of the empty goal.

With so much dominance throughout, two goals didn’t settle it for the boys in red, as Chard made it five and unleashed a powerful effort into the bottom right-hand corner, before celebrating with his team-mates in what would turn out to be the last kick of the game and confirm Swindon's comprehensive 5-2 victory.

Town's U18s will now take their confidence from this performance as they look ahead to their next league game against rivals Oxford United next Saturday.


Swindon Town: Evans; B-Stanley (Hutt 61), Foye, Gonzalez (C) (Gray 78), Hunt (Chard 78), Adams, Obodo (Alston 61), Dworzak, Kanu, Hubbard, Ameen

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