Match of the Weekend: Middlesbrough 3-4 Swansea City

Craig Beattie

Craig Beattie

Swansea City came from 3-1 at the Riverside to snatch a dramatic injury time winner through Scotland striker Craig Beattie as they won 4-3 and maintained their push for the Premier League.

‘Boro forward Marvin Emnes, who was on loan at the Swans earlier this campaign, opened the scoring after just eight minutes as he received the ball on the edge of the away side’s penalty area before turning smartly and firing a low shot past Dorus de Vries.

The away side were soon back in the match however a winger Nathan Dyer played a number of quick one-twos in and around the Middlesbrough area before sliding his equalising shot past Jason Steele.

Both sides tried to gain the upper hand in the match but is was De Vries who was picking the ball out of his net again shortly after the half hour mark as defender Jonathan Grounds rose highest to flick a header into the far post from a free kick out wide of the right.

Leroy Lita looked to have got his side all three points as he headed home the third just after the break as the Teesside club went 3-1. However on the hour mark ‘Boro’s lead was reduced once again to just the one goal. Joe Allen made his way into Steele’s area before he was felled from behind by Julio Arca. Scott Sinclair stepped up and slotted the penalty, and with it his 18th of the season.

Just eight minutes later and the lead which Tony Mowbray’s side had built had collapsed around them. From a corner the ball bobbled in the six yard area after Angel Rangel attempted a strike. Thankfully for Brendan Rodgers’ side Wales captain Ashley Williams was on hand to poke in the equaliser from close range with the outside of his boot.

That left a full twenty minutes for either side to go on and win the match and it was the away side that struck with the very last kick of the match. Substitute Beattie, with the ball on the edge of the Middlesbrough area, looked to drive forward before the ball deflected to his left. Unperturbed, the former Celtic, West Brom, and Preston striker lashed a fierce left footed half volley low into the bottom right corner of Steele’s goal to grab all three points for the Welsh club and maintain their position of fifth in the Championship table with 53 points.

Match of the Weekend Contenders

England 59-13 Italy: England ran in eight tries, including four from winger Chris Ashton, to Italy’s one as they saw of the Azzurri. England consistently broke the gain line as Mark Cueto, captain Mike Tindall, Danny Care, and James Haskell all also crossed for the home side, with Italy’s sole try coming from Fabio Ongaro off the back of a driving maul with ten minutes to go.

West Bromwich Albion 3-3 West Ham United: West Ham came back from three goals down at the Hawthorns to rescue a valuable point against fellow strugglers West Brom. Graham Dorrans, Jerome Thomas and an own-goal from Winston Reid had put the home side up inside 32 minutes, but Avram Grant’s side fought back. New signing Demba Ba got his side back in the match on 50 minutes before Carlton Cole doubled their tally. Ba then secured his side a point seven minutes from time as he netted his second of the match.

Graham Dorrans, Jerome Thomas and a Winston Reid

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