Date:Wednesday October 8 2008
Swansea City reserves picked up their first points in this seasons totesportcasino Combination cup after playing out a 0-0 draw at Port Talbot Town's Genquip Stadium.
Colin Pascoe named an inexperienced Swansea side with the only two first team players making appearances with Matty Collins captaining the side whilst shot stopper Artur Krysiak on loan from Birmingham City was handed his second start for his new club.Bristol City's development coach Alan Walsh has praised his young players for the workmanlike performance , he told bcfc.co.uk 'It was a workmanlike performance from the young lads, but there was very little in goal-mouth chances for both sides.'
In the first tentative minutes of the game Bristol City had the first meaningful attack when Joe Edwards saw Rob Stambolziev in space five yards outside the penalty area but Matty Collins stuck to task and cut out the cross.In the first 15 minutes of play both sides failed to take advantage of sloppy play. It would be a sublime piece of play by Kieran Howard that would give Collins the first chance to test Steven Henderson in the Robins goal. Picking out the former Fulham man in the box, Collins sent a shot to Henderson's right but the Republic Of Ireland U-21 international palmed it harmlessly out for a corner.
It would be Ashley Kington that would threaten to break Swansea hearts once more when the Bristol scholar found Joe Mclennen in space but the youngster dragged his shot well wide of Krysiak's goal. The Pole would be called into action later on when Kington put a through ball into the path of Marlon Jackson but Krysiak imposed himself on the striker and managed to put the ball out for a corner.
Neither side really threatened to score in the first half but some good combination play by Matthew Wright found Casey Thomas in space but the Port Talbot born midfielder could not breach the vastly impressive Henderson in the visitors goal.
Half Time Score Swansea City Reserves 0-0 Bristol City Reserves
It would be Swansea City who would make the first substitution of the game when Matty Collins made way for Daniel Sheehan at right back. The second half started with more urgency and 5 or so minutes into the half Howard unleashed a 20 yard strike on goal but Henderson was equal to his shot. It would be Alan Walsh's side that would get one of the most clear cut opportunity of the match when Jackson nutmegged Daniel Alfei on the near touchline and beat three Swansea defenders in the penalty area but could not produce the final product and his snapped shot was easily saved by Krysiak.
In an open period of play the home side troubled Henderson when through good build up play by Thomas allowed Howard the chance to get a shot on goal but the York City keeper could breath a little easier as the shot went wide of the upright.The visitors made their first substitution of the game with Joe McClennen coming off for Nathan Livings. It would be his introduction that would give Bristol an added imputes to break the deadlock. It nearly came to pass 6 or so minutes later when Stambolziev sent in a cross into the box but Jackson headed wide. Swansea made another substitution with Matthew Wright making way for Joe Harris. Seeing Thomas in space, Krysiak found the youngster in space in the Bristol half but Darren Hennessey cut out the danger with ease.
Walsh made his final substitution of the match when Kington was replaced by Joe Lennox. Fourth Official Paul Fisher's board signalled three minutes of added on time but neither side could find the winner.
Full Time Score
Swansea City Reserves 0-0< Bristol City Reserves
Other Swansea subs
: Rhys Wilson, Adam Orme
Stephen Henderson, Darren Hennessey, Chris Williams, Luke Wilkinson (C), George Boon, Joe McLennen (Nathan Livings, 66'), Ashley Kington (Joe Lennox, 89'), Joe Edwards, Rob Stamboliev, Marlon Jackson, Mark McGee.
Other Bristol Subs: Tom Bradley , Harry Robbins, Jack Neagle.
Referee: Kevin Morgan
Assistant officials: Geoff Martin & Bryn Jones
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Date:Wednesday October 8 2008
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