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Carmarthen 3 - Swansea 3

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Carmarthen 3 Swansea 3

Full report now online thanks to Murton_Jack.

The Swans started the match with a 4-4-2 system of:


Tate - Monk(c) - Austin - Williams

Robinson - O'Leary - Pratley - McLeod

Fallon - Trundle

The Swans made a positive start with a Lee Trundle run resulting him going over in the box under a Carmarthen player's challenge, but the ref gave nothing which was probably the right decision as Trundle did go over very easily.

Then after 5 minutes Carmarthen were awarded a free-kick on the left wing, Swansea failed to deal with the ball swung in and Carmarthen defender Martyn Giles bundled the ball home.

The Swans reacted by creating some half chances, a Rory Fallon bicycle kick from Kevin McLeod's left wing cross was well saved by the Carmarthen keeper, and after some good link-up play with Trundle, Fallon flashed another effort just wide.

But just as it seemed Swansea were starting to settle, Carmarthen grabbed a second goal. Poor defending gave Carmarthen number nine Mark Dodds too much room to curl home an effort from the left hand corner of the penalty box, the shot seemed to take a deflection but I couldn't be sure as I was behind the opposite goal.

Swansea then pulled a goal back through number ten Lee Trundle. A good ball found Kevin McLeod on the left flank and his cross found Trundle who powered the ball home with a side foot volley.

But Carmarthen soon made their lead two again, when another free-kick from their left was missed by everyone including Willy and flew straight into the net.

The defence was looking shaky, with Monk & Austin off the pace, and Alan Tate regularly miss-hitting passes. Kris O'Leary played well in central midfield making plenty of meaty challenges, and new signing Darren Pratley was impressive. Pratley looked quick & athletic, made plenty of challenges and looked quite comfortable on the ball. The only thing I would say about Pratley is he didn't look like someone who would score many goals, and sometimes chose passes when there were opportunities to run or shoot.

Half Time: Carmarthen 3 Swansea 1

Swansea made five changes at half time which gave a team of:


Tate - Izzy - Watt - Williams

Robinson - O'Leary(c) - Pratley - McLeod

night - Bayo

Swansea looked much more solid second half and Carmarthen didn't really have any chances of note. Swansea pulled one goal back through a bizarre effort from (I think) Kevin McLeod. A long ball was sent towards McLeod on the left wing, who seemed to try and steer the ball back into the box, but somehow ended up in the back of the net.

Swansea soon levelled when McLeod received the ball on the left again, and Leon Knight beat the Carmarthen defender to his cross to prod home the equaliser.

Trialist keeper Andy Oakes had very little to do, took a few crosses comfortably but did have a tendency to send his goal kicks in the direction of Leon Knight who was being easily beaten in the air by the Carmarthen centre-back. Izzy looked impressive on his return to action, and Steven Watt also played well but did get completely skinned by the Carmarthen centre forward on one occasion.

Shaun McDonald replaced Tate late on at right back, and Darren Pratley seemed to pick up a knock which meant that Trundle returned to the action.

Overall, the second half display wasn't too bad, but we were let down again by failure to defend set-pieces. The Swans looked rusty and failed to find any great tempo, but these friendlies are there for a reason and hopefully we'll find some sharpness before the start of the season.

The Journalist

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Date:Tuesday July 18 2006

Time: 10:18PM

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Well its the first game of pre season but will have to improve forthe wolves game.
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18/07/2006 22:51:00

Excellent report, thanks MJ.
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19/07/2006 00:37:00

we still have a shoddy defence incapable of defending set pieces then :s
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19/07/2006 00:51:00

good start, not. Get them back to the RAF training camp seemed to work last year
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19/07/2006 09:08:00

not a very good start should of beeten these easily.
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19/07/2006 15:36:00

3-3.. not a very good start , we should of beat them.. lets hope theres going to be a better result on sat against wolves... c'mon city :D !!
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19/07/2006 15:55:00

lets just hope we can win saturday!..cum on da jaxx..automatic this season :) gd luck:P
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19/07/2006 16:03:00

Think the boys will Raise their game for the wolves .
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19/07/2006 16:43:00

you r all looking at the goals that carmarthen scored we still conceded 3 but as least we kno that we can score 3 aswell i kno u think its against a team in the wesh leagues nd that they r s**t but there r a few gd players in that league nd carmarthen give us a gd game in the welsh premier cup they r a gd side but we still need to be beating teams in friendlys BRING ON WOLVES be nice to see lowe agen ( if he plays ) CUM ON YOU JACKS!
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19/07/2006 17:56:00

Yes naythan we conceded 3 against a non-league side! Yes we can score 3 but it's not much good if we're conceding just as much as we're scoring is it? Another League One side would have beaten them 3-0.
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20/07/2006 13:18:00

wa a bad result... we should win against carmarthen....ned a better performance against wolves on sat...kets ope this aint a sign of a bad season :S cmon swans
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20/07/2006 15:13:00

Agree with you there Kevin...Naythan is my best mate and I explained that we can't afford to concede 3 goals against any team...and on a pitch like that then it must have really been bad defending...something has to be sorted somewhere...more worryingly is where the goals came from...more Set Pieces at the heart of it...but in all fairness there aren't too many faults too our game and hopefully we will show a massive improvement in the coming days...MOST WORRYINGLY...Kenny Jackett said himself he could take NO positives from the match...the only other time he said that was after Rotherham...so the performance must have been dire!!
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