Date: 6th April 2009 at 4:14pm
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19 year-old midfielder Joe Allen nearly scored the perfect first goal of his senior career yesterday when he put the Swans 2-1 up against Cardiff City at Ninian Park.

The Wales under-21 international rushed over to the travelling Jack Army to celebrate as he kissed the Swansea badge on his shirt.

He thought he had won us the game having scored with only 2 minutes plus injury time remaining.

His celebrations showed how much the goal meant to him and the 1,400 travelling fans but minutes later Mike Dean gave Cardiff City a massive lifeline, a soft penalty for a nothing challenge on McCormack from Ashley Williams.

Joe Allen was disappointed that his goal didn’t win us the game:

“It was an important goal in a way, but obviously drawing the game so late on put a bit of a downer on it,”

“I was absolutely delighted to score, but it made what happened afterwards with the penalty even more disappointing for me.

“I went through such a range of emotions, especially with the goals coming so late on. I thought it would have been enough to win us the game, but unfortunately it didn`t work out.

“I`m not going to lie, I thought the goal had sealed it. But everyone knows anything is possible until the final whistle and unfortunately it wasn`t to be.”

“It was a dream come true for me to score. Having played for Swansea for so long and waited for this game for such a long time, to score my first goal against Cardiff was something special.”


Joe Allen has to be one of the most improved players in this League. He looked average in a Carling Cup game early on in the season but a loan spell at Wrexham seemed to do him the world of good.

He looks like a vital asset to our squad now and he deserves promotion from the under-21s squad to John Toshack’s Wales senior side.



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