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Sports News of Wednesday, 28 February 2018


Jordan Ayew leads Swansea into FA Cup quarterfinals

Half-time substitute Jordan Ayew was on hand to lead Swansea City into the FA Cup quarterfinals after they handed Sheffield Wednesday a 2-0 defeat in their third consecutive replay in the competition.

The first leg had played out to be a goalless stalemate and with nothing to get out of the opening 45 minutes, Carlos Carvalhal threw his highest goalscorer in at the interval; a move that would yield dividend ten minutes later.

The Ghana international was lucky to be at the perfect spot to convert a rebound after a Tom Carroll effort struck the woodwork twice. And in the 80th minute, winger Nathan Dyer was on hand to double the Swans’ lead after getting on the end of a Tammy Abraham pass.

The Ghanaian emerged Man of the Match after his electric display and earned praises from manager Carlos Carvahal.

"At the break we weren't happy with the score. We needed more energy and intensity, so we brought on Martin OIsson and Jordan Ayew and they had a big impact," the manager said. "Two or three minutes into the second half I thought things would change."

Meanwhile, Swansea progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1964 and will wait for the winner of the game between Tottenham and Rochdale on Wednesday.

The Swans have not lost a game in which the 26 year old has scored in, winning eight and drawing two.