A first half goal from Aaron Lennon and a second half penalty from Jonjo Shelvey saw Swansea City and Everton play to a pulsating 1-1 English Premier League draw at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Lennon opened the scoring in the 41st minute following a swift move from the Toffees in the middle of the park. The ball fell to James McCarthy, who played an in-swinging cross into the area.
Lennon controlled the ball and stabbed past Lukas Fabianski to make it 1-0. Before the goal, however, it was a fairly even match with much of the play concentrated in the middle of the park. The hosts had a few convincing attacks on goal which they failed to convert because of lack of composure.
Tim Howard was called into action after the sharp Batefimbi Gomis tried a curler but the Everton number one parried the shot for a corner. Against the run of play, the Swans found the back of the net through a Shelvey scorcher. However, the goal was disallowed because of an earlier foul on Phil Jagielka, much to the disappointment of the home faithful.
The match went to half-time with Roberto Martinez’s side leading 1-0. The second half started slowly with both teams failing to string passes together. No team looked threatening in the final third. Garry Monk’s men started to pick-up the pace slowly.
Shelvey was the livelier figure in attack, causing a lot of problems for the Everton back four. Swansea was awarded a rather dubious penalty after Seamus Coleman was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. Coleman was initially fouled on the edge of the box, fell into the area with the ball between his arms.
Shelvey stapled up and sent Howard the wrong way. The match ended 1-1, a result that condemns Martinez’s men to yet another defeat. Neil Taylor was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle on Lennon which means he will miss Swansea’s next match against Leicester City.