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Luton Town U18s 0-2 Swindon Town U18s

Swindon's youngsters progress to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup

15 December 2023

Academy News

Luton Town U18s 0-2 Swindon Town U18s

Swindon's youngsters progress to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup

15 December 2023

Swindon Town U18s progressed to the FA Youth Cup fourth round with a professional 2-0 away victory to Luton Town on Friday evening.

Sonny Hart gave Swindon the lead at the break with his pressure to guide the ball home just before the referee called half-time.

Josh Keyes doubled Town's advantage on the hour mark with a smart finish, with the U18s impressing during their visit to Kenilworth Road.

Town made two changes to the side which comfortably defeated Wimborne Town in the previous round, with forward Botan Ameen and versatile right-sided player Joel McGregor coming in for Miles Obodo and Liam Hutt from the start.

It was an even start to the game with the home side beginning to apply pressure after 10 minutes, with Jamie Odegah denied by Redman Evans as he looked to break through on goal before follow-up efforts from Jack Lorentzen-Jones and Tate Xavier-Jones thankfully were of no harm to Town.

Swindon were able to apply a spell of pressure after this opportunity, but the Hatters reacted with a series of opportunities that forced the Swindon back-line to hold firm.

The game began to open up for Town at the half-hour stage, with a tricky run from Botan Ameen forcing the Luton defender to trip the forward and give Swindon the chance to open the scoring from the spot in the 31st minute.

Fletcher Hubbard stepped up to take the penalty, but could only see his drilled effort from 12 yards clipped away by the feet of Luton keeper Cai Hockey.

Following this, Conor Britchford-Stanley was inches away from a Josh Keyes cross that simply needed a touch but, the whipped cross from Keyes agonisingly went out for a Luton goal-kick.

Luton responded with pressure that Swindon's defence did well to deny before a late opportunity fell the way of Swindon full-back Harry Chard, who drove into the home side's penalty area and saw a well-struck effort parried away from Cai Hockey with 43 minutes on the clock.

However, there was still time for one more chance and this time, Swindon took it with a corner reaching defender Sonny Hart and his presence helped force the ball beyond the reach of Cai Hockey to give Town the lead in added time, just before the referee blew for the interval.

Half-time: Luton Town U18s 0 Swindon Town U18s 1

The second half continued in the same lively manner as the first, with Josh Keyes seeing a looped header go just over the Luton crossbar a minute in, as Swindon pushed for a second.

Finn Adams was on hand to block Odegah from firing as Luton looked to respond, but the defender recovered well and Town held onto their clean sheet.

Chances fell the way of both sides following this opportunity, with Swindon's Botan Ameen and Luton's Tate Xavier-Jones from close range, but both were denied by the opposing team's goalkeeper.

However, Josh Keyes was not denied a Swindon second on the hour, with the creative forward able to turn and toe-poke the ball into the bottom right corner with a well-taken finish that doubled Town's advantage with the final third of the game left to play.

The game settled down for the next 20 minutes, with Swindon looking to hold onto their two-goal lead, but there was a great chance for recent substitute Miles Obodo to get a third for Swindon in the 83rd minute.

Botan Ameen took the initial long-range effort that crashed back off the crossbar, with Obodo looking to creep in and poke home from the rebound, but the forward was pressured by the Luton defender and goalkeeper and could only guide his effort over the bar from just a few yards out.

Luton's Lorentzen-Jones and Benedict Benagr had late chances for the home side to halve the deficit as Swindon looked to see out the remaining time and seven minutes of additional time to see them progress into the fourth round.

Swindon's U18s held firm for the remaining period of the game, as they now look ahead to their next test in the FA Youth Cup, with it being either Derby County or Manchester United at home in the fourth round. 

 

Luton Town U18s: Hockey, Giwa, Johnson, Benagr, Chigozie, Kayibanda, Lorentzen-Jones, Trustram (Martins 74), Odegah (Takawira 90), Anderson, Xavier-Jones (Houghton 74)
Subs not used: Thomas, Ioannides, Emery, Harvey 

Swindon Town U18s: Evans (C), McGregor, Chard (Coles 89), Stewart, Hart, Adams (McCormick 67), Britchford-Stanley (Obodo 57), Brown, Ameen, Keyes, Hubbard
Goals: Hart 45+3, Keyes 60
Subs not used:
Myers, Hutt, Tombs, Alston


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