Swansea City Under-21s fell to defeat in their first game of the Professional Development League season against 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.
The Swans had trailed to an early Luke Cook strike at the interval, although the hosts had seen Murtada Al-Jahadhmy dismissed just before the break after receiving a second yellow card.
The Swans levelled through Josh Thomas within four minutes of the restart and looked on course for at least a share of the spoils at Stocksbridge.
However, the Owls overcame their numerical disadvantage as David Agbontohoma netted what turned out to be the winner with just four minutes remaining.
The Swans hade made a dominant start in south Yorkshire, with Thomas just unable to turn home a Zane Myers’ cross, before the hosts took the lead with their first real chance.
Al-Jahadhmy got in behind the visiting defence and squared for debutant Cook to shrug off his marker and slot home.
Swansea responded well, Tarrelle Whittaker and Thomas going close but being denied by Pierce Charles in the Wednesday goal.
Remy Mitchell denied Cook a second at the other end before the hosts were reduced to 10 as Al-Jahadhmy picked up a second booking and saw red for a foul on Whittaker.
Swansea took advantage within minutes of the restart, Thomas racing onto a fine pass from Filip Lissah and slotting the ball beyond Charles to level the scores.
The visitors kept pushing, Whittaker forcing Charles into yet another save before the Swans had a goal chalked off for offside.
Josh Carey was unable to convert a great chance as time ticked down, and the hosts made Swansea pay for failing to take their chances as Agbontohoma dispatched a fine strike into the net from a Jay Glover cross.
Someone will be putting their hands in their pockets for this postponement. But when you look at the pitch compared to days of old ?
Coventry's scheduled match against Rotherham has been postponed due to an 'unsafe and unplayable' pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
The teams were due to meet at the home of the Sky Blues - who share the stadium with Premiership Rugby outfit Wasps - at 3pm on Sunday, but following a pitch inspection by the EFL and a local referee on Saturday evening, the fixture was postponed.
Swansea City Under-21s fell to defeat against AFC Bournemouth in their final pre-season friendly match ahead of the new campaign.
A first-half brace for Nathan Moira-Welsh and a second-half header by Ben Greenwood sealed defeat for the Swans, who failed to convert a penalty late on.
Moira-Welsh gave the visitors the lead inside two minutes when a misplaced back pass put the forward one-on-one with Archie Matthews. The keeper came off his line quickly, but was bested by a neat chipped finish.
Swans did have the ball in the net two minutes later when Dan Williams and Ollie Cooper combined. It was a calm finish from the latter, but he was denied by the assistant referee’s flag.
While Bournemouth were creating a number of chances with crosses from wide flashing across the face of the Swans goal, Matthews first real intervention was to take the ball off the toes of a visiting striker to deny what had looked a certain goal after the offside trap had been beaten.
At the other end, Josh Thomas had two half-chances, but found himself crowded out both times by a well-organised Cherries’ defence.
Swans first shot on target came from Joel Cotterill when he tested the keeper direct from a free-kick at the edge of the box.
But Bournemouth’s pressure eventually told with less than five minutes remaining in the half. The ball down the line and the cut-back caused Swansea problems and, while Matthews was able to block the first shot, the rebound fell for Moira-Welsh to fire a low effort just inside the near post to double the visitors' lead.
Cooper could have got one back for the Swans with the final kick of the half after good work from Thomas set him up, but he got the ball tangled in his feet and Bournemouth were able to clear the danger.
Ben Lloyd had a few early chances for the Swans in the second half. Excellent individual skill from the 17-year-old saw him glide beyond the challenges of the visitors, but his shot was blocked. He then blasted over after Cotterill found him with a cut-back.
Matthews pulled off a fingertip save, to deny Bournemouth a third before the visitors headed inches wide from the resulting corner.
Greenwood scored Bournemouth’s third with 20 minutes remaining. and Moira-Welsh was involved again. He stepped over the cross from the right, before the Cherries’ skipper tapped in at the back post.
The Swans continued to struggle to take their chances in front of goal, but Lloyd looked the most likely. He had two chances in quick succession before being brought down in the Bournemouth box to win a penalty.
However, Thomas’ spot-kick was saved to sum up the hosts' afternoon in front of goal.
And Thomas would have been scratching his head as to how his effort at the near post a few minutes later stayed out. After rebounding between the upright and the keeper’s back, the ball somehow ended up in the keeper’s hands to ensure the Swans would end the game goalless.
A first-half hat-trick for Iwan Morgan helped a dominant Swansea City Under-18s side to a comfortable victory over Exeter City in their final home pre-season friendly.
Geoff Bony and Cameron Llewellyn were also on the scoresheet for the hosts, who had surged into a 4-0 lead by the interval.
After a slow start, Swans began to control the game from around the 10th minute and Bony gave Darren Davies' side the lead in the 12th minute when he fired across the onrushing keeper to finish off a very nice passing move.
After the opener, the Swans dominated and Morgan got his first in the 22nd minute when he was given time and space in the box and took the opportunity to slot beyond the visiting shot-stopper.
The two sides swapped off-target shots from distance, before the Swans high-pressing game paid off to give them a third.
Kyrell Wilson intercepted the ball and found Bony to put him and Morgan two on one. Bony slid in his strike partner who finished into the empty net.
Exeter’s best chance of the first half came three minutes later when a snapshot from the edge of the box cannoned off the crossbar, but they found themselves even further behind before half-time.
Once again, Swansea’s pressing bore fruit. This time it was Bony who won the ball. He once again picked out Morgan who still had a lot to do, but stroked the ball home beautifully as it nestled just inside the far post.
Coach Davies opted for wholesale changes at the break removing both goal scorers as well as the influential Josh Carey – who was a key figure in the middle of the park – and several defenders.
Swansea took a few minutes to get to grips with the new personnel, particularly in defence, and they came under early pressure. They were forced to scramble the ball off the line within seconds of the restart and quickly conceded a corner. The ball was whipped in left-footed and was headed in at the near post by the visitors.
The home side quickly recovered from the early setback and Sam Parker forced two excellent saves from the keeper after arriving late to a cut-back ball, before a well-worked corner-kick eventually fell to substitute Aimar Govea who fired against the upright.
The home side showed tenacity to win possession back quickly, and the ball was moved well reaching Llewellyn, who was unmarked at the back post and slotted home to restore the Swans' four-goal lead.
It could have been more for the home side: Parker sliced a difficult chance wide after being picked out at the back post and the visiting keeper made a superb double save after the Swans’ quick passing sliced through the Exeter defence.
The final 15 minutes became a bit scrappy with niggly fouls conceded by both teams and plenty of substitutions, but the Swans were able to see out the match to make for a fine ending to their home pre-season schedule.
Rotherham United lined up in a 3-5-2 formation in this game. Viktor Johansson lined up in goal and in front of him consisted the back-three of Grant Hall, Richard Wood and Cameron Humphreys. Wes Harding and Shane Ferguson were the wing-backs supporting the midfield trio of Daniel Barlaser, Jamie Lindsay and Ben Wiles. The two strikers were Conor Washington and the goalscorer Chiedozie Ogbone. For Swansea, 3-4-3 was the preferred formation as Andrew Fisher was stationed in between the sticks and the back-three ahead of him were Nathan Wood, Kyle Naughton and the goalscorer, Harry Darling. Joel Latibeaudiere and Matthew Sorinola were the wing-backs supporting the central midfield pairing of Jay Fulton and captain Matt Grimes. The front-three consisted of Joel Piroe, Michael Obafemi and Jamie Paterson.
Swansea City had the lion’s share of possession (74%). They attempted more shots but mustered fewer on target (five) than Rotherham’s eight. Rotherham had zero shots off target and one of their attempts was blocked. The Swans had more corners than the Millers but were also adjudged offside two more times. The visitors committed only half as many fouls as the hosts but earned one more yellow card. Each team missed one big chance to score a goal. Swansea had one counterattack to Rotherham’s zero. The hosts shot more from inside the penalty area than the visitors. Fisher, the Swansea keeper, made seven saves in this match to Johansson’s four.
Swansea completed an astonishing 523 passes out of 589 in this game, giving them a pass accuracy of 89%. For comparison, Rotherham’s pass completion rate was only 63% as they made only 126 passes out of 201 attempts. The hosts completed more long balls but did so at a rate lower than the Swans. Each team completed three crosses each and at the same success rate of 20%. Swansea completed twice as many dribbles as Rotherham with a 75% success rate. For comparison, the Millers had a 60% success rate. But the visitors lost the ball more times than the hosts. They also won more duels in this game (aerial included). Rotherham made five times more interceptions than the Swans.
A draw is not what both teams would have hoped for on matchday one of the EFL Championship, but it is still better than a loss. Up next for Rotherham United is a trip to Coventry City on 7th August, and for Swansea City, they host Blackburn Rovers on 6th August.