📈 Ayew strike sees Swansea edge Barnsley; Advantage Bournemouth

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Alex Mott

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After a breathtaking weekend across Europe, we’ve got the cherry on top of the cake this evening with some truly mouth-watering Championship Play-Off action.

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Barnsley 0-1 Swansea

Barnsley 0
Swansea City 1
Full time

Scorers: Ayew 39′

A first half Andre Ayew strike was enough to give Swansea a slender 1-0 advantage over Barnsley in the first leg of their Championship Play-Off semi-final.

With fans back at Oakwell for the first time this season it was the home side who got off to the brighter start with Alex Mowatt firing over the bar inside the opening five minutes.

Steve Cooper’s men slowly got back into the game and got the opening goal on 39 minutes as Andre Ayew cut in on his left foot and rifled on into the far corner.

Into the second half and Barnsley came out with renewed energy and almost scored immediately were it not for a fine double save from Freddie Woodman.

Up the other end, Conor Hourihane almost doubled the Swans advantage with 20 minutes to go as his cross/shot from the left flank clipped the top of the crossbar.

The Tykes threw men forward in the final moments to grab an equaliser but they couldn’t beat the woodwork and the inspired Woodman.

Bournemouth 1-0 Brentford

AFC Bournemouth 1
Brentford 0
Full time

Scorers: Danjuma 56′

It was advantage Bournemouth in the first leg of their Championship Play-Off semi-final on Monday as Arnaut Danjuma scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

It was the home side who got off to the brighter start as Dominic Solanke got in front of his marker and headed agains the upright inside the opening 20 minutes.

Steve Cook also went close for the Cherries as David Raya was called into action in the Brentford goal, making an excellent save down low to his left.

After the break it was the visitors’ turn to go close as Christian Nørgaard swivelled inside the six yard box but watch as his effort flew over the bar.

But with just under an hour played, Bournemouth went in front. Some slick build-up by the hosts saw Danjuma in on goal, and the Dutchman swept an effort in from 12 yards.

It was enough to give Jonathan Woodgate’s men a slender advantage going into next week’s second leg in west London.