Making his “ATFV!” debut, Declan Terry gives us his match report on Swansea City’s comprehensive friendly win at Bristol Rovers…
In their first game of the season on British soil, Swansea City came out victorious against Bristol Rovers with a 5-1 win.
The Swans fielded a very strong team; possibly the strongest Francesco Guidolin could’ve picked.
Swansea’s quality soon prevailed after dominating the opening proceedings at the Memorial Stadium.
Striker for the day, Andre Ayew opened the scoring in the blue half of Bristol, curling in a Gylfi Sigurdsson-esque free-kick in the sixth minute.
Eight minutes later, Leroy Fer spectacularly wove his way through a flurry of Rovers defenders and finished expertly to double the Swans’ lead.
And then, to complete a trio of fantastic Swansea goals, left-back Stephen Kingsley lobbed Bristol goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall from a tight angle on the left flank. The effort could’ve been originally considered as a cross, but the promising Scotsman will always claim it was a shot.
Late in the first-half – after a succession of well worked passes – Kyle Naughton slammed home to make it 4-0 in Swansea’s favour at the interval.
Bristol came out vastly improved in the second half. Their tempo and energy had changed, and they were determined to get on the scoreboard. They did exactly that when Jordi Amat slipped and conceded possession to highly-rated Rovers striker Matty Taylor. Taylor – who netted 27 goals for Darrell Clarke’s side last term – took the opportunity with open arms and buried a low strike past Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Despite pressing for a second, Bristol grew tired and fell out of control of the game again. Helped by Jack Cork and Leroy Fer bossing in midfield, the Swans dominated possession for the last half hour. They eventually conjured up a fifth goal on 60 minutes, when Wayne Routledge was sent through on goal and calmly slotted the ball past Will Puddy in the Rovers goal.
It was a positive friendly match for Guidolin, with his players looking fit and sharp. Another three friendlies against Swindon, Wolves and Rennes should put Swansea in good stead going into the new Premier League campaign.