Date:Sunday November 30 2008
This morning's clash between Cardiff City and Swansea City was an eventful one with 4 goals, 2 sendings off and a multitude of bookings. Add to that a dodgy penalty and an offside goal allowed to stand and you have an exciting South Wales derby.
Swansea City started better and took the lead after Mark Kennedy's slip allowed Jason Scotland behind the Bluebirds defense (later shown to be fractionally offside) and his pull-back to Darren Pratley was dispatched for a 1-0 lead.
Cardiff regained their momentum and finished the half much the stronger team. Wayne Routledge in particular causeing problems. We equalised shortly before the break when a corner was half cleared to the edge of the area for JOE LEDLEY to send a stupendous volley home. He's never hit one so sweetly in his life.
Just minutes into the second half, Cardiff City edged in front. Michael Chopra showed nimble footwork and drew the smallest of trips from Bessone on the corner of the area. A soft penalty but ROSS McCORMACK stuck away his second in two games to give the Bluebirds the lead.
Then came a pathetic show of petulence from supposed Cardiff City leader Stephen McPhail. Already booked for a first half slide challenge, he slid in on the touchline - it looked fair but the ref gave a free-kick prompting McPhail to kick the ball away - what an idiot. City were left to play 35 minutes with 10 men.
Swansea City were given renewed hope and drew themselves level quickly after two subs combined. MacDonald's corner was not attacked by City, Enckelman stayed and Pintado expertly volleyed home - he shouldn't have had a volley in the 6 yard area but it was a neat finish.
Swansea City then enjoyed near total domination and completely dictated play. Scotland wasted a good opportunity while Enckelman saved well on 2 occasions. Cardiff had their own chance when Gavin Rae found space in the area but McCormack blasted the pass over.
Leon Britton was dismissed late on for the Swans, booked for a tussle with Routledge before lunging in on McNaughton. 2-2 it finished, a poor referee performance failing to ruin an exciting and eventful game - fiercely contested by both sides.
Date:Sunday November 30 2008
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