KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Cameron Carter-Vickers is the sole American left in the FA Cup as Swansea advanced to the quarterfinals with a come-from-behind win over Brentford.
Swansea City 4-1 Brentford
Four goals in the second half ensured Swansea City a place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup as they cruised to a win over Brentford at the Liberty Stadium.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started for the Swans and played the entire 90 minutes as the team makes a fifth appearance at the quarterfinal stage.
However, the host found themselves behind in the 28th minute as Brentford opened the scoring through Ollie Watkins. The visitors launched a counter-attack in their own end, with Neal Maupay setting up Watkins in the area to slot the ball past Swansea goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
It appeared that would not be Swansea's night, but Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels provided the equalizer in the 49th minute. It was a freakish goal as Bersant Celina's free-kick came crashing off the post then hitting Daniels on the back before going into the goal.
That lifeline was all Swansea needed and they took the lead in the 53rd minute when Daniel James made a blistering run from well inside his own end to fire his shot into the back of the net.
The momentum had certainly changed and the host was given another gift in the 61st minute when the referee sent off Ezri Konsa for his second bookable offense.
Celina then made Brentford pay for going down a man by scoring Swansea's third five minutes later as he skipped past several defenders before slotting shot home.
George Byers rounded out the scoring for Swansea in the 90th minute as he tapped in the loose ball from another attempt by Celina.
Swansea will face a huge challenge in the quarterfinals as they take on Manchester City.
Duane Holmes started for Derby County as their FA Cup run came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Brighton.