Swansea City 1-1 Everton: Lennon, Shelvey trade goals in points share at the Liberty Stadium

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Jonjo Shelvey’s late PK earned the hosts a point, as Swansea City overcame a first-half deficit to draw Everton 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Aaron Lennon scored for Everton, which pulls 12 points clear of the drop zone.

Swansea stays 8th, with 47 points on the season.

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Bafetimbi Gomis and Jonjo Shelvey started the game in lively form, and the first real chance of the match came from Gomis. The French striker was denied by a flying Tim Howard to keep it scoreless in the 14th minute.

But Gomis picked up a hamstring ailment shortly thereafter, and was subbed off for Marvin Emnes. Everton’s Steven Pienaar came on for an injured Leon Osman in the 28th minute.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was also a threat for Swansea early, while Ross Barkley played some incisive balls for the Toffees.

Shelvey put a ball in after a whistled foul against Routledge on Leighton Baines, putting the home crowd into a bit of a faulty celebration.

Lennon, however, got the scoring started when he first-timed a Barkley cross past Fabianski off a cross-18 pass in the 41st minute.

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source: Getty ImagesA diving Gareth Barry nearly made it 2-0 as the second half neared 55 minutes, and the Toffees were looking much better.

Emnes put together a fine dribble near the edge of the 60th minute, but his low shot bounded wide of Howard’s right post.

Swans finally beat the USMNT keeper with a shot from the spot. Seamus Coleman’s hand was the culprit, and Shelvey’s foot provided the finish.

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Ashley Williams came close to a late red card for a high challenge on James McCarthy, but escaped with a yellow.

Howard touched a late Sigurdsson free kick over the bar, granted a corner kick for Swans. They would not convert the chance.

LINEUPS

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Ki, Shelvey (Dyer, 84′), Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis (Emnes, 16′). Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Britton, Emnes, Dyer, Grimes, Fulton.

Goal: Shelvey (PK., 69′)

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley (Mirallas, 86′), Osman (Pienaar, 28′), Kone (Naismith, 76′).

Goal: Lennon (41′)