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Ayew finds magic touch to give Swans the edge in play-off clash

Swansea City 1 Brentford 0

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Andre Ayew (Nick Potts/PA)

Andre Ayew (Nick Potts/PA)

Andre Ayew (Nick Potts/PA)

Andre Ayew's terrific late strike gave Swansea a 1-0 win over 10-man Brentford in the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final.

Ayew, who had earlier seen his second-half penalty saved by David Raya, struck nine minutes from time at the Liberty Stadium with a ferocious volley from 16 yards.

The Ghana striker had actually started the move before getting on the end of an exchange of passes between Conor Gallagher and Jay Fulton. Brentford had to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men after Rico Henry was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Connor Roberts, although television replays suggested he did make some contact with the ball.