2WAR633 Landore, Swansea, Wales. 6 January 2024. Jarred Harvey Head Coach of Swansea City Under 18 during the pre-match warm-up before the Under 18 Professional Development League match between Swansea City and Ipswich Town at the Swansea City Academy in Landore, Swansea, Wales, UK on 6 January 2024. Credit: Duncan Thomas/Majestic Media/Alamy Live News.

Coach Jarred Harvey praised the Swansea City Under-18 players for their commendable performance in a 2-1 victory against AFC Bournemouth. The hosts took the lead with a goal from Jonny Day, but Thomas Woodward swiftly equalized for the visitors just three minutes later. Woodward secured his second consecutive brace with a fine finish in the 54th minute, securing three points for the Swans.

Despite facing challenges, including a last-minute change due to Jack Cooper’s illness in the warm-up, the team displayed great effort and adaptability. Coach Harvey emphasized the defensive progress, even with players out of position, and commended the overall team performance.

The Swans started strongly, created numerous chances, and responded well to conceding a goal. Harvey acknowledged the team’s resilience, especially during Bournemouth’s aggressive attacks after taking the lead. Looking ahead to the Professional Development League Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United, Harvey expressed hope that the young Swans would approach the fixture in high spirits following two impressive performances.

Highlighting the positive boost gained from the victory, Harvey credited the team for their hard work and ability to withstand pressure against an established side like Bournemouth. He also noted that there were opportunities for more goals, but overall, the team deserved the win based on their performance.