Swindon Town 0-3 Swansea City: Barrow shines as Swans seal pre-season victory

Modou Barrow, Andre Ayew and Jay Fulton scored the important goals as Swansea City saw off Swindon Town this evening.

Swindon Town 0-3 Swansea City: Barrow shines as Swans seal
pre-season victory
Andre Ayew opening the scoring. (Photo: WalesOnline)

Modou Barrow, Andre Ayew and Jay Fulton scored the important goals as Swansea City saw off Swindon Town 3-0 in a friendly on Wednesday evening.

Ayew scored the game’s opening goal, as fellow substitute Barrow made strides down the right flank before feeding the Ghanaian, who fired home from 15 yards.

The Swans made it 2-0 just minutes later, as Jay Fulton’s header met Barrow’s free kick at the near post and looped the ball over the Swindon 'keeper.

The third goal came via a superb pass from Jefferson Montero, who pinged the ball from inside his own box to set Barrow through on goal, the Gambian calmly slotted the ball past the helpless goalkeeper.

Swans better side in the first half

Swansea looked livelier in the first half, Oliver McBurnie and Kenji Gorre linked up well on the right flank, the latter’s cross found Nathan Dyer just outside of the area and his cross just curled past the post.

Swindon ended the half well, forcing a superb double save from Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea net. The first effort was palmed away from range, before the German also stopped the close-range rebound.

In the 19th minute, youngster Gorre twisted and turned in the opposition area before his shot was comfortably saved by the Swindon goalkeeper.

Mike Van der Hoorn showed off his aerial prowess after half an hour, nodding a floated free kick just wide of the goal.

Livelier second half

Barrow came out looking like he had a point to prove, providing assists for both Ayew and Fulton.

He made a trademark run down the right, beating his fullback before sliding the ball into Ayew to finish, then curled a freekick into the area for Fulton to meet at the near post.

Following the two Swansea goals, Swindon fired back as Jermaine Hylton beat two defenders before cannoning a shot back off the post.

Barrow then added a goal of his own, latching onto a 60-yard pass from opposite winger Montero then sending the opposition keeper the wrong way.

Team news

Anton Rodgers, son of former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, started for Swindon against the Premier League side tonight.

Montero made his first appearance in pre-season following an extended rest due to his involvement in the Ecuadorian national side.

Lukasz Fabianski, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor and Gylfi Sigurdsson all missed the trip also because of their successful Euro 2016 campaign, but are all nearing a return to the squad.

The Polish keeper could face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, while Williams, Taylor and Sigurdsson will be back in training on Sunday.

Leon Britton missed the game with a slight knee injury, he is thought to return for the next game against Wolves on Saturday.

Forwards Marvin Emnes and Bafetimbi Gomis are yet to make an appearance in pre-season and are expected to leave the club this summer.


Swansea City first half XI: Tremmel; Naughton, Fernandez, van der Hoorn, Kingsley; Fulton, Cork; Gorre, Dyer, Routledge; McBurnie.

Swansea City second half XI: Tremmel (Nordfeldt, 61); Rangel, Amat, van der Hoorn (Rodon, 76), Roberts; Fulton, Fer; Barrow, King, Montero; Ayew.