Baggies overcome Swansea 3-0 at The Lamb
SAIDO Berahino and Callum McManaman were both on target for Albion’s Under-21 side as they defeated Swansea 3-0 in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
Berahino converted an 80th minute penalty to make the score 2-0 after Tahvon Campbell, who had put the Baggies ahead in the first-half, was brought down inside the penalty area, while McManaman volleyed home Josh Ezewele’s cross at the back post to put the gloss on a fine display.
The Baggies forward completed the whole game, while winger McManaman was substituted in the 88th minute.
On-loan Arsenal man, Serge Gnabry, played 50 minutes at The Lamb and produced some impressive touches before being replaced by Jonathan Leko five minutes after the break.
The hosts started the game in confident fashion and could’ve taken the lead as early as the 13th minute through Berahino, however the striker’s header was pushed away by Swansea ‘keeper Gregor Zabret.
McManaman then went close himself when his curling effort was comfortably collected by Zabret.
The Baggies’ pressure paid off 11 minutes before the break – Tahvon Campbell poked the ball beyond the reach of Zabret from close range, after Berahino’s drive had cannoned off a Swansea defender.
The visitor's first chance of note came right at the end of the first 45.
Matt Grimes’ powerfully-struck free-kick from 25-yards drew an unbelievable one-handed save from Jack Rose, who unfortunately injured himself in the process and had to be replaced by Alex Palmer.
Shortly after the restart, Sami Nabi cut inside and unleashed a swerving strike which almost dropped into the far corner.
Swansea picked up some momentum around the hour mark and twice went close through Ryan Hedges and Henry Jones.
But the Baggies added a second from the penalty spot with just ten minutes remaining.
Tahvon Campbell was brought down inside the penalty area, which allowed Berahino to step up and send Zabret the wrong way from 12-yards.
The tricky McManaman then sealed a resounding win for James Shan’s men, volleying Josh Ezewele’s dinked cross into the bottom corner from 12-yards-out.
ALBION: Rose (Palmer 45+3’), Ezewele, Donnellan, Cleet, McCourt, S.Nabi, Ward, Berahino, Gnabry (Leko 50’), McManaman (Edwards 88), Campbell.
Unused subs: Field, Elbouzedi.