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Swindon Town U18s 3-1 Cambridge United U18s

Town's U18s earn a space in the Youth Alliance Cup semi-final

9 October 2023

Academy News

Swindon Town U18s 3-1 Cambridge United U18s

Town's U18s earn a space in the Youth Alliance Cup semi-final

9 October 2023

Swindon Town U18s earned themselves a place in the semi-final of the Youth Alliance Cup after beating Cambridge United U18s 3-1.

Swindon Town U18s made three changes to the team from the midweek friendly to West Ham U18s.

With Miles Obodo joining the first team for their fixture with Bradford City, Harry Gray came back into the starting XI to replace Botan Ameen, Dani Gonzalez came in for Harry Chard, Joel McGregor was replaced by Alistar Stewart and Owiti and Owen Foye also made the bench for Town’s youngsters.

Goals from Gray, George Alston and Josh Keyes would see off the single goal scored by Cambridge’s Kaunda as Town booked themselves a place in the semi-final of the Youth Alliance Cup in a well-fought 3-1 win.

It was a hard-fought first 15 minutes for Swindon against Cambridge as constant pressure from the side a league above would show how important the backline of Adams, Hart and Hutt truly is to this Town side.

Despite the pressure, Town would create a great opportunity for themselves as Connor Britchford-Stanley would beat his man and put an inch-perfect ball across goal to Alston who narrowly missed from close range.

However, Britchford-Stanley would replicate something similar minutes later as he would beat three Cambridge defenders and find the current man in-form Gray, who would be there to tap it in from close range to put Swindon up one against the run of play.

A team full of creativity and it would be Redman Evans in goal for Town who wanted to show his ability to find a pass, and he did as he found Alistar Stewart who would be fouled in an important position but unfortunately, Swindon would be unable to produce anything from it.

That would be the last of the action from the first half as Swindon accepted, they would be in a fight to try and keep the score the same in the second half.

Half-time: Swindon U18s 1-0 Cambridge U18s 

It wouldn’t take Cambridge long to equalise through Kaunda at the start of the second half.

However, it wouldn’t take the boys in red long to regain their lead, as Alston would be on the end of an incredible cross from Britchford-Stanley and he would make no mistake in burying the header.

Town would finally find a bit of consistency with gaining control of the game and they would waste no time in trying to extend their lead whilst doing so.

It would be Fletcher Hubbard who would try first with some amazing footwork to beat three Cambridge players but would only be brought down before he could cause any more damage.

Against the run of play, Cambridge would have their best opportunity of the game as their forward would find himself through on goal but a terrific save from Evans in the Swindon goal would help Town keep their lead.

Hubbard would nearly add himself to the scoresheet again as a close-range effort would be lifted a little too much and found itself just going over the crossbar.

After Evans' heroics, Adams would have to add himself to that list with an unbelievable block after a strike from Cambridge looked destined for the back of the net, but the Town defender had other ideas.

As the final whistle seemed as if it would be on the horizon, Josh Keyes stepped up on a freekick for the final kick of the game and the midfielder did not disappoint as he struck an absolute rocket into the top right-hand corner that would secure Town a 3-1 victory.

Town have now been undefeated in all professional competitions since the first game of the season when they lost to Exeter City. 

They now turn their attention back to the Youth Alliance League, which they are set to host Bristol Rovers in this weekend's round of fixtures.

 

Swindon Town U18s: Evans (C), Hutt, Adams, Gonzalez (Chard 66), Hart, Keyes, Britchford-Stanley, Alston, Stewart, Hubbard, Gray (Owiti 66)
Goals: Gray 23, Alston 57, Keyes 90
Subs not used: Ameen, Foye, Tombs

Cambridge United U18s: Briggs, McKoy, Holmes, Ewens-Findlay, Hipwell, Scales, Ismaili, Kaunda, Munday, Habib, Bulakio
Goals: Kaunda 53
Subs not used: Sowden-Fletcher, Gray, Cipriani


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