Sunday, November 30, 2008

All square: Jacks 2-2 City

So, all square at the Liberty stadium after an early morning kick-off. City at least turned up to this game, after the dismal effort in the Carling Cup a few weeks ago.

The Swans looked good in the opening 15 minutes and went ahead through a blatantly offside goal after 18 minutes. City slowly got into the game, which was a typically fierce local derby. Joe Ledley equalised with a cracking shot just on half time that their 'keeper could only half parry into the net.

Just after the break, the ref gave City a penalty for what seemed a fairly innocuous challenge on Chopra, and Ross McCormack duly slotted to give City the advantage.

Then disaster struck as Stephen McPhail, captain for the day in Purse's absence, and already yellow carded, kicked the ball away at a throw in and rightly got a second yellow and the inevitable red. OK, it was a heated and tense derby match, but "yikes" to use a Murray term - you just don't do something that stupid when you're already on a yellow. He's bad enough just passing sideways and backwards anyway, but maybe Jones will now realise he's also stupid - he was also sent of in the Carling Cup match against the Jacks if you remember. Who says lightning doesn't strike twice?

The Jacks then turned the screw, and only resolute defence from City, for who Enckleman between the sticks was in form kept the Swans out in a wave after wave series of attacks.

Then just before the end, Britton, for the Jacks got red carded for a second bookable offence, and in the dying minutes with 10 aside, City looked the more dominant.

After being down to 10 for so long, the Swans will see this as two points lost. I was hopeful before the game, but will take a point on the road any day.

Up the City!

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