Ventura County 0-1 Swansea: Luke Moore strike clinches Swans win on American soil

The south Wales outfit picked up their first win of a pre-season tour of America against the third-tier Premier Development League side
Swansea picked up a first win of their pre-season tour of America with a 1-0 win over Ventura County Fusion.

Luke Moore struck the game’s only goal after 21 minutes when he swooped onto a fine Danny Graham cross to fire the Welsh side in front.

The Swans were eager to bounce back from their opening tour defeat to Colorado Rapids, and a strong performance against the Premier Development League outfit saw them emerge victorious.

Michael Laudrup rotated almost his entire squad throughout the course of the game, with the former Mallorca boss naming two different XIs for each half.

Ventura created the game’s first chance, with the American third-tier side shifting possession  from a Swans corner before Ivan Mirkovic found himself battling with 19-year-old defender Ben Davies, but a Jonathan de Guzman clearance averted the danger.

The Welsh side replied a few minutes later when Danny Graham beat the offside trap before turning into the box and finding his cheeky goalbound chip saved by Ventura keeper Earl Edwards.

After an early flurry of clever passing and slick offensive play, the game took a more scrappy turn after 15 minutes, with the ball moving from end to end in quick succession.

A menacing Gyasi Zardes drive drew a fine save from Michel Vorm before possession quickly shifted upfield with Wayne Routledge’s powerful drive at goal landing straight in the hands of the Ventura goalkeeper.

Vorm produced another excellent save just minutes later when a tremendous low dive from the Dutchman prevented a Jamiel Hardware shot from rippling the net.

Swansea seemed to break the deadlock after 20 minutes when a marvellous run from Routledge avoided keeper Edwards before the ball eventually found Luke Moore at the far post, who tapped in with ease only to find Routledge’s run was deemed offside.

The Swans replied with much speed and precision just 60 seconds later when a low bouncing cross from Graham saw Moore sidefoot the ball past Edwards and into the Ventura net.

Davies was next up to trouble the Fusion goalkeeper, the youngster took a fine attacking run following a Michu pass before firing a fearsome shot on goal only for it to be narrowly swiped away by Edwards.

Swansea continued to pile on the pressure, a curling cross from Davies found Moore, who’s connection was poor resulting in the ball bouncing to Michu, who’s header dropped past the far post.

The Liberty Stadium outfit had calls for a penalty just before half time when a clever Graham pass saw Routledge through on goal only for the striker to be taken down by Ventura keeper Edwards. The referee ignored the penalty shouts and the ball went out for a corner.

Swansea continued the second half where they left off in the first, continuing their spell of domination against a visibly fatigued Ventura side.

Mark Gower and Gwion Edwards linked up before finding Jazz Richards' run on the wing. The defender dispatched a teasing cross over to Edwards, who passed the ball in the direction of Andrea Orlandi who hit a fearsome cross towards goal only to see it miss the post by an inch.

The game’s tempo began to fade away after an opening flurry of activity in the second half, with both sides enjoying equal shares of possession.

Swansea almost doubled their lead when a Dobbie and Lita one-two teed up a Gwion Edwards run, who’s curling right-footed strike beat the keeper by ease but creeped narrowly wide of the post.

Edwards replied to his narrow miss minutes later, latching onto a threaded Dobbie pass into the box before being beaten to the ball by Ventura’s onrushing keeper.

Fusion looked set to level the game late on when centre-back Andy Iro rose highest from a corner to head the ball on goal only to see his effort narrowly scrape the woodwork.

Swansea replied in style, a fearsome Edwards run into the box dazzled the Ventura defence but his effort soared over the crossbar.

The game’s final chance came from the away side, Orlandi looked to double his side’s lead but his connection with the ball came a second too late and his botched strike was easily cleared by Edwards in the Ventura goal.