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Swansea City u21s 5 Rovers u21s 0

18 March 2016

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It was a disappointing afternoon for Rovers' development squad as they went down 5-0 to a strong Swansea City outfit.

Dutch forward Marvin Emnes struck a hat-trick and Owain Jones scored twice as the home side ran out comfortable winners.

With a host of Under-21 regulars in action for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup on Friday night, and with the seniors at Brentford on Saturday, it was an unfamiliar squad that took to the field at Swansea's training ground.

Damien Johnson's side performed admirably in the first half, but a minute before the interval their resolve was eventually broken when Emnes opened the scoring.

With a makeshift side it was always going to be a struggle and in the second half it proved to be the case as the home side stretched their advantage as Emnes and substitute Jones both grabbed two goals a-piece to claim the victory.

"In the first half we did well but we knew we were always going to be up against it against a strong Swansea side," said coach Damien Johnson.

"The fact that we had to play the game was poor, we are disappointed in Swansea and the Premier league for a lack of understanding and common sense.

"Some of our lads have missed out on more valuable experience to get an Under-21 match, we had to go down with young lads, a trialist and lads that hadn't played in a long time. We didn't even have enough players to fill the bench, it devalues the Under-21 league as a competition."

ROVERS: Crump, Carson, Wall, Tanner, C. Doyle, Lavelle, Mahoney, Mols (sub Fawns 74 mins), Forrester, Joel (sub Curran 61 mins), Green (sub Rittenberg 74 mins).

Subs not used: Stewart.

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