Post-Match Report

U21s report: Swansea City 1-4 Arsenal

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We got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Swansea City in the Premier League Cup.

Mehmet Ali's side weren't at all deterred by the torrential rain they faced in Wales and got off to a fast start through Catalin Cirjan, back in the side after missing the midweek defeat to Stevenage and finding the bottom corner after some neat footwork.

The hosts almost restored parity instantly, but for a crucial intervention from Lino Sousa at the far post to deny them a certain equaliser from close range.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji continued his impressive scoring streak to double our advantage five minutes before the break and sparked a spell of three goals that ultimately ended the game.

Charles Sagoe Jr made it three during added time, firing home from close range, before Catalin completed his brace with what was all but the last kick of the half after a threaded pass from Butler-Oyedeji.

We picked up the second half where we left off and Catalin almost secured his hat-trick shortly after the restart, but sent his effort over the bar from inside the penalty area.

Swansea scored a consolation goal in the closing stages, Corey Hurford finding the net from close range after Hubert Graczyk could only parry the initial effort on goal.

WHAT IT MEANS

We maintain our unbeaten run in the Premier League Cup, picking up 10 points from four group-stage matches.

WHAT'S NEXT

It's a quick turnaround for Ali's side, who return to Premier League International Cup action on Wednesday, November 30, against Sparta Prague.

Kick-off at Meadow Park is at 7pm (UK)

TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Graczyk, Walters, Foran, Monlouis, Sousa, Henry Francis, Ibrahim, Sagoe Jr, Cirjan, Ideho, Butler-Oyedeji

Substitutes: Awe (for Monlouis, 60), Taylor-Hart (for Sagoe Jr, 71), Vigar (for Butler-Oyedeji, 71). Not used: Hillson, Bandeira.

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