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14/3/06

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Swans fans are celebrating tonight as Swansea are through to the LDV Vans Trophy final to be played at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium to face Carlisle.

After a 1-0 win in the first leg at the Liberty Stadium, we needed just a draw tonight to progress to the final.

Kenny Jackett made 4 changes to the side that drew with Walsall on Sunday. Knight replaced Trundle up front while Akinfenwa replaced the cup tied Rory Fallon.

Williams was also cup tied which meant Ricketts started at left back.

Lowe made his debut at centre back alongside Monk allowing Tate to return to his more favoured position at right back.

Kristian O'Leary was back from suspension and he lined up alongside Martinez, replacing Darren Way.

Gueret

Tate - Monk - Lowe - Ricketts

Britton - Martinez - O'Leary - Robinson

Knight - Akinfenwa


Subs: B Murphy, L Trundle, A Forbes, D Way, S MacDonald.

After a goalless first half, we were hoping to see the game open up a bit and it certainly did that, as all 3 goals in the game we scored with the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Neil Danns scored a controversial goal within a minute of the restart. Ricketts was left lying on the floor after going up for a challenge with Iwelumo. The ref ignored the incident and Danns scored from outside the area, bringing the aggregate score level at 1-1.

6 minutes later though, Leon Britton scored an equaliser and put us ahead again on aggregate, and with the away goal rule, the opposition needed 2 goals to go through.

11 minutes into the second half and the Swans increased their advantage as Leon Knight's goal meant Colchester now needed 3 goals, anything less and we were going through.10 minutes after scoring, Knight went off for Trundle.

With around 25 minutes remaining, the game was held up for 9 minutes so because of a bad injury to loanee Keith Lowe after a clash of heads with fellow team mate Garry Monk. A bad landing meant he sustained a neck injury and this is worrying news for the youngster but we all hope we'll hear news tomorrow that he's OK.

Forbes came on as his replacement, playing at right back with Tate moving into the centre.

Swansea held on to the win for the remainder of the game and recovered well after Sunday's lacklustre performance. We started with a more balanced side that featured 11 players starting in their preferred positions, and the performance of doing this certainly showed tonight.

This win could certainly boost our confidence ahead of the big home game with Brentford on Friday night and this could well get our season back on track as we compete for a top 2 place in League One.

In League One action tonight, Rotherham did us a favour by beating Oldham 2-0 and Scunthorpe also won 2-0 at home to Hartlepool.

Full match stats here

LDV Final Ticket Prices:

Adult 44, Conc 22, Wheelchair Patron 18, Carer - free of charge

Adult 34, Conc 17, Wheelchair Patron 9 concessions

Adult 26, Conc 13

Adult 18, Conc 9


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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday March 14 2006
Time: 9:53PM

Comments

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Well done lads, a great result and what is sure to be a great day out for all connected with SCFC!
Jack69
14/03/2006 22:48:00
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excellent result, but disappointing, millenium stadium tickets WAY WAY overpriced as normal!
Lloydgriffiths
14/03/2006 23:20:00
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HERE WE COME CARDIFF not the best of finals swanz v maccasfield does anyone know if its televised
mattyjones
15/03/2006 07:29:00
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Matty in case you didn't know we are playing Carlisle .
JACK_THE_LAD
15/03/2006 09:26:00
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well done boys!!!great result and something 2 knock the confidence out of colchester league wise and give us a boost!!!oh mattyjones its gonna be on bbc1 i heard!
troika dog
15/03/2006 19:45:00
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who r carlile (lol)
samlucas1
15/03/2006 20:07:00
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who the heck r carlisle ?? lol they r on sky sports griff, but dont watch it on tv cum and support trunds and co at the millenium CHAMPIONE CHAPIONE CHAMPIOOOOONE
willis
15/03/2006 20:58:00
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