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Bees buzzing as they bid farewell to home in style

Brentford 3 Swansea City 1 - Brentford win 3-2 on aggregate

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Brentford reignited their bid to reach the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Swansea to reach the play-off final.  (stock photo)

Brentford reignited their bid to reach the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Swansea to reach the play-off final. (stock photo)

Brentford reignited their bid to reach the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Swansea to reach the play-off final. (stock photo)

Brentford reignited their bid to reach the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Swansea to reach the play-off final.

The Bees overturned Swansea's one-goal lead from the first leg within the first 15 minutes through goals from Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Marcondes.

Bryan Mbeumo added the third just after half-time and, despite Rhian Brewster pulling one back the Bees, who last week blew their chance of going up automatically, took a big step towards redemption.

Seven straight wins after lockdown had left promotion tantalisingly within Brentford's grasp, before successive defeats by Stoke and Barnsley consigned them to the play-offs.

That mini implosion set up one, final, dramatic match at Griffin Park, their home for 116 years, before next season's move to a new 17,250-capacity ground.

They were able to bid farewell in style and a memorable victory means the Brentford Community Stadium could still be hosting top-flight football in September, with the Bees attempting to become the 50th different team to play in the Premier League.

Thomas Frank's side will now head to Wembley on Tuesday for a £170million showdown with Cardiff or, more likely, their west London neighbours Fulham.

The Cottagers hold a 2-0 advantage from the first encounter in Wales.

Belfast Telegraph