Swansea Schools enjoy gr-eight opening
SWANSEA Schools Under-14s started their season with a thumping 8-1 home win against a spirited Bridgend Schools side.
Swansea controlled the first half with some exceptional football as they dominated proceedings.
The back four of Ronan Templeton, Isaac Thomas, James Eynon and Ben Morgan dealt with any Bridgend attacks and were all very comfortable in possession as Swansea played from the back.
It meant keeper Scott Coughlan had very little to do.
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Swansea widemen Jordan Hughes and Mark Harries caused Bridgend all sorts of problems with their pace and skill and service for strong and pacy striker Karma Bulyani.
Morgan Lucas controlled the midfield, allowing Jordan Jones and Keiran Evans the freedom to play as they combined on numerous occasions.
Both Jones and Evans were heavily involved in either creating or scoring the goals in the first half. Evans scored three, Jones two and Bulyani one as Swansea led 6-0 at half-time.
A raft of changes were made at the break. Bridgend came out fighting in the second period and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions as they hit the woodwork twice and replacement keeper Sam Williams made some good saves.
Williams, however, could do nothing about the Bridgend goal as their striker scored from an outstanding shot.
Both substitute strikers worked hard in the second half and Callum Carson was unlucky not to score, while Darryl Hughes scored two typical poacher's goals.
Tom Jones and Owen Evans also worked hard in midfield and showed some good touches on the ball, while Owen Evans was unlucky not to score with a long-range curling effort.
Both Josh Hier and Josh Harwood stood out during the second half with their pace, skill and aggression causing Bridgend's defence problems.
This was a good start as Swansea won 8-1, but the hard games begin as they travel to one of the competition favourites, Newport, for their next match.
Swansea: Scott Coughlan, Ronan Templeton, Isaac Thomas, James Eynon, Ben Morgan, Mark Harries, Morgan Lucas, Jordan Jones, Keiran Evans, Jordan Hughes, Karma Bulyani, Sam Williams, Josh Hier, Josh Harwood, Tom Jones, Owen Evans, Callum Carson and Darryl Hughes.