CLASSIC MATCHES - Swans 5-1 Cardiff

2nd November 2013

With the Welsh derby fast approaching, the build-up begins to the first all-Welsh Barclays Premier League encounter.

Each day this week - right the way up until Sunday's hotly anticipated fixture - we will bring you a classic derby encounter from over the years.

Paul inspires Swans to record League win

Swansea's record crowd for a league meeting with Cardiff City on Christmas Eve saw a game that will be remembered for a very long time.

Both sides attacked vigorously in the first few minutes, and Swansea forced the first corner, which was cleared by Montgomery and Sherwood.

Roy Paul's brilliance led to Swansea's opening goal after six minutes.

He centred accurately to Joslin, who failed to hold the ball, allowing Lucas, following up, to put it in the net.

Swansea's second goal came in the 20th minute when Keane hit from range, his shot diverted by Richards into the path of McCrory, who drove it into the corner of the net, giving Joslin no chance.

Cardiff pulled a goal back on 31 minutes but, in truth, it was gift wrapped for them.

Canning had done the hard work by saving Stevenson's shot, but he then dropped the ball at the feet of Ron Stitfall, who calmly side-footed into the open net.

The robust and energetic leader, whose determination worried Weston, thoroughly deserved his goal.

The second-half was only six minutes old when Irish international winger John O'Driscoll cut in from the right and curled a left-foot shot into Joslin's top right-hand corner of the net.

The Swans went further ahead after 70 minutes when Billy Lucas scored his second goal of the match, following good approach play by Beech and McCrory.

Roy Paul was having an outstanding game and he came close to scoring five minutes later, but Joslin held his powerful drive at the second attempt.

Cardiff had no answer to the repeated onslaughts of the Swans and, with just four minutes remaining, O'Driscoll completed the scoring from close range.

This meeting of the Welsh rivals brought into opposition several Welsh internationals but none stood out like Swansea wing-half Roy Paul, who had a brilliant game.

SWANSEA TOWN:L. Canning, T. Elwell, R. Keane, R. Paul, R. Weston, F. Burns, J. O'Driscoll, S. McCrory, S. Richards, W. Lucas, C. Beech.

CARDIFF CITY:P. Joslin, A. Lever, A. Sherwood, W. Baker, S. Montgomery, D. Blair, A. Stitfall, R. Williams, R. Stitfall, E. Stevenson, G. Edwards.