Swansea City and Cardiff City Experience Contrasting Emotions On Final Day Of Championship Season

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

It was mixed fortunes for the South Wales clubs in the Championship. Swansea City snatched a stunning 3-2 victory against West Bromich Albion, in front of a bumper 20,294, thanks to a late Joel Piroe freekick, while Cardiff City fell to a 3-0 defeat against Burnley, who secured promotion to the Premier League.

West Brom took the lead twice through Okay Yokuslu at the Swansea.com stadium, threatening a late push into the Championship playoff places.

But Martin’s side showed great character to turn the game on its head late on. Luke Cundle equalised early in the first half before Olivier Ntcham made it 2-2 after 66 minutes.

Russell Martin was left seething after referee Keith Stroud failed to give his Swansea side a controversial penalty decision after Olly Cooper was brought down late on.

However, the Swans had the final word with a stunning curled freekick from Starman Joel Piroe to make it 3-2 in the 93rd minute, sealing Swansea’s seventh win in nine games. Martin’s side finished the season with 23 points out of a possible 29.

It was a mistake at the back from the hosts that allowed West Brom to take an early lead. John Swift had all the time in the world to find a simple pass to Okay Yokoslu, who stroked the ball into the back of the net.

Swansea were finally able to break through West Brom’s compact 442 with some neat build-up play between Paterson and Luke Cundle, allowing the latter to produce a cool finish past Alex Palmer to level the game.

It was a bright start to the second half for the Swans, who wasted two glorious chances with both Paterson and Piroe putting their efforts wide of the target.

West Brom retook the lead when Semi Ajeyi connected with a stunning volley, which he rifled home into the roof of the net, after Swansea failed to clear another dangerous corner from the visitors.

The Swans continued to attempt to break down a resilient Baggies defensive effort, but it took a bit of magic from Olivier Ntcham who struck home from outside the box, making it 2-2 in the 65th minute.

Any penalty claims Swansea had when Olly Cooper was brought down in the box were quickly turned down by Stroud, who waved on play, before Ryan Manning was fouled just outside the box.

It was a moment made for Swansea’s Dutch striker, Joel Piroe, who curled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner for his 19th Championship goal of the season, sealing a 3-2 win for Swansea City.

Cardiff City knew they would have a tough day at Turf Moor, with Burnley having already secured promotion back to the Premier League as Champions.

It was a bright start for both sides, with Burnley having a chance through Ashley Barnes before Rubin Colwill and Connor Wickham failed to find the contact needed to finish off some excellent work from Mahlon Romeo out wide.

The hosts finally broke the deadlock before the half-hour mark when Jordan Brownhill scored his sixth goal of the season with a simple tap-in. The Clarets then doubled their lead just four minutes later with a gorgeous half-volley from the departing Barnes.

It was 3-0 before the hour mark when free-kick specialist Scott Twine curled a stunning effort from just outside the box past the helpless Ryan Allsop to help Burnley gain complete control of the game.

Cardiff City’s manager Sabri Lamouchi looked to Sory Kaba on the bench to inspire a late comeback, and the City striker on loan from FC Midtjylland made an instant impact, forcing Adam Muric into a smart stop, but it was not enough to inspire a comeback for the Bluebirds, who finished the season in 21st position with 13 wins and 10 draws.

In their final game against Crewe Alexandra, Newport County were held to a 2-2 draw, with a last-minute equalizer from Crewe’s Lachlan Brook ensuring that the points were shared at Rodney Parade.

Rio Adebisi had given the visitors the lead after 56 minutes, but two late goals from Newport’s Omar Bogle had seemingly secured the three points for County.

However, Brook’s strike three minutes into injury time meant Newport had to settle for just one point to end their campaign.