Cardiff Joe Allen

Snapshot | Joe lights up derby thriller

26th March
First team

Joe Allen wheels away in delight after his superb strike gave Swansea City the lead in the South Wales derby at Ninian Park on April 5, 2009.

But the teenager's low shot was not enough to give the Swans all three points on a dramatic afternoon.

Roberto Martinez’s side had surged into an 11th minute lead as outstanding play between Nathan Dyer and Jason Scotland ended with the former racing in on goal for the opener.

The visitors led at the break but were pegged back nine minutes after the restart when Michael Chopra netted from a Jay Bothroyd pull-back.

The scores remained level until, with two minutes to go, Allen showed great poise to work room for a shot that he dispatched into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

It looked like being the winner until referee Mike Dean awarded a controversial penalty – adjudging Ashley Williams had fouled Ross McCormack – which the Cardiff striker converted in a frantic finish to a thrilling game.

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