Saturday, 29 December 2007

10-man Swans beat Leeds United in five goal thriller

Leeds United started well against the league leaders Swansea City at the new Liberty Stadium. A full house of 19,010, which included 2,800 Leeds fans, was electric with anticipation of a great game.

Good shots at goal from Jonathan Howson and Jermaine Beckford slammed in during the 4th minute.

But a free kick awarded from 25 yards, in the 8th minute, set up the Swans for a free shot at goal and Andy Robinson made it count, 0-1.

United fought back and in the 11th minute, a right foot shot from Beckford hit the back of the net from 6 yards, for his 15th league goal of the season, 1-1.

But Swansea won a corner in the 22nd minute, which the captain, Garry Monk, headed into the top right of goal, from 12 yards, 1-2.

With the Swans beginning to dominate a nasty foul on Howson, in the 39th minute, by Ferrie Bodde, resulted in a red card for the Swansea man and Howson being carried off, to be replaced by David Prutton.

United failed to take advantage of the situation and 10-man Swansea increased their share of possession. In the 45th minute a left-footed shot from Jason Scotland (18 yards), sent the Swans in for the break two goals up, 1-3.

Straight from the kick off Leeds won a free kick and skipper Alan Thomson fired into the net, 2-3.

A second free kick, from the same distance, followed straight from the re-start but Thompson hit the post.

Leeds began to dominate play but chances were few and far between. Tore Andre Flo came on for Ian Westlake in the 67th minute to add a bit more striking power and midfielder Curtis Weston replaced Seb Carole in the 77th minute.

United failed to take advantage of 10-man Swans and Leeds went down to their third league defeat of the season.

Swansea City 3 Leeds United 2

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