Llanelli v Swansea: Rory Donnelly nets for youthful second string
RORY Donnelly netted his second pre-season goal as a shadow Swansea City side drew 1-1 with Llanelli yesterday.
The Northern Irish frontman took advantage of a defensive slip to put the visitors in front at Stebonheath Park, but Andy Legg's men salvaged a draw thanks to Corey Jenkins.
Kristian O'Leary's young Swansea side included five players who had just returned from the first team's pre-season trip to America.
Two of them combined early on, Jazz Richards picking out Gwion Edwards, whose left-foot shot beat the goalkeeper but rolled narrowly wide.
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Edwards was one of Swansea's brightest players, the winger getting on the end of Curtis Obeng's cross but heading too close to Reds stopper Craig Morris.
Edwards should really have scored when James Loveridge's shot was only parried by Moses, but sliced his volley off target with the goal gaping.
Swansea enjoyed the majority of the play, although Craig Moses's attempted lob kept David Cornell on his toes.
And Swansea's third-choice keeper had to make a spectacular one-handed save to turn away Luke Bowen's glancing header.
Andrea Orlandi, the most senior figure on show alongside Stephen Dobbie, came close to giving the visitors the advantage but sent his sliding effort too close to Morris.
The home side's No. 1 was soon in action again, beating Loveridge's effort away and then watching Dobbie pull the rebound wide.
When Morris was finally beaten just after the hour, it was a result of a weak back pass by substitute Martyn Giles.
Donnelly, who had arrived at the interval, accepted the gift, waltzing round Morris and walking the ball into the net.
As the substitutes flowed, O'Leary's young charges looked good for victory — but Llanelli hit back with 12 minutes left thanks to two players who had come off their bench. When Ryan Batley whipped in a cross from the left flank, Jenkins found space to power a point-blank header beyond Cornell.
Swansea might have won it at the end, but Donnelly could only head Curtis Obeng's cross wide of the upright and then Loveridge scooped over the bar.
Before the game, there was a minute's silence in memory of former Swansea apprentice Stephen Healey, the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in May.
Llanelli: Morris (Nicholas 65), Thomas (Jenkins ht), A Davies, Venables (capt, Batley 65), A Evans (Giles ht), Surman, Corbisiero (J Bowen 65), L Bowen (Diallo ht), Moses, S Evans, Kellaway. Subs not used: Houlihan, Hollingshead, Lloyd.
Swansea City: Cornell, Obeng, Tancock, Situ (capt, Llewellyn 58), Bessone (Alfei ht), Richards (Sheehan ht), Orlandi (Jones ht), Lucas, Edwards (Bray 68), Dobbie (Donnelly ht), Loveridge. Sub not used: O Davies.