Former Manchester United winger Kenji Gorre stars for Swansea City Under-21s in 1-1 draw with Barnet
PROSPECTIVE Swansea City signing Kenji Gorre scored for the Swans' Under-21 side as they drew 1-1 with Barnet at Stebonheath Park yesterday.
Dutch-born winger Gorre has been training with Swansea following his release from Manchester United, and the 18-year-old is expected to seal a permanent move to South Wales in the summer.
With the Swans' assistant manager Morten Wieghorst and chairman Huw Jenkins watching from the stands, Gorre gave a mixed performance but produced one memorable moment with a classy 68th-minute equaliser.
The teenager was joined in the starting line-up by Rory Donnelly who, despite making only one senior substitute appearance for the Swans since joining from Northern Irish side Cliftonville in January 2012, looked like one of the more accomplished players in Llanelli.
Scoring opportunities were scarce in the first half, though Donnelly and Gorre looked the likeliest to break the deadlock.
The Northern Irish striker had an appeal for a penalty turned down, while his Dutch team-mate forced Barnet's Dillon Barnes into a save with a whipped effort from the edge of the area.
The visitors seemed content to allow the Swans to control possession, as they did so without really threatening to prise open their opponents' defence.
But Barnet's counter-attacking approach paid off as they pinched the lead after 38 minutes.
Capitalising on some sloppy Swansea defending, George Sykes moved into the hosts' box and squared the ball to Jamal Lowe, who rounded Swans keeper David Cornell and lashed into an empty net.
Kristian O'Leary's men could have fallen further behind moments before the interval, but Cornell did well to tip over a powerful long-range drive from Zach Khlaf.
Swansea might have felt a little unlucky to trail 1-0 at half-time, and they could have drawn level ten minutes after the restart but Donnelly's header from a corner went wide.
The equaliser arrived in the 68th minute, and it was no surprise that Gorre and Donnelly were both involved.
The former Manchester United wideman cut inside from the right wing and played a sharp one-two with Donnelly, before breaking into the box and firing low past Barnes.
Substitute James Loveridge had a couple of opportunities to snatch a late winner for Swansea, but the hosts had to settle for a draw.