The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Swansea City 4-1 Gillingham in FA Cup fourth round

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FA Cup: Swansea City 4-1 Gillingham highlights

Swansea City progressed to the FA Cup fifth round and ensured there was no happy homecoming for Gillingham's Swansea-born manager Steve Lovell.

Oli McBurnie's double put Swansea 2-0 ahead, only for Josh Rees to give the Gills hope with a second-half header.

But Bersant Celina's cracker ensured there was no nervous finish before Barrie McKay finished from close range.

The Swans have now reached the last 16 of the FA Cup in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1964-65.

Former Wales international Lovell has family members with season tickets at the Liberty Stadium, but his side could not match their heroics of the third round when they stunned Premier League Cardiff City.

Saturday's contest was effectively over by half-time as two goals from striker McBurnie gave Graham Potter's Championship side a foot in the fifth round.

McBurnie was the outstanding performer on a really comfortable afternoon for the hosts, who never looked likely to suffer the same fate as local rivals Cardiff.

The Swans forward almost opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute with a fierce effort that struck the inside of the post, before he headed wide with an even better chance two minutes later.

However, the Scotland forward could not miss when he headed home Leroy Fer's pinpoint cross on 10 minutes from just six yards.

Swansea were in the ascendency and deservedly doubled their lead just past the half-hour mark when Connor Roberts and McKay combined, with McKay's back-heel perfect for McBurnie, allowing him to collect and shoot low past Tomas Holy.

The League One side responded well to going in two goals behind and sniffed a chance of a comeback when Rees' firm header from Mark Byrne's perfect cross made it 2-1 with only five minutes gone in the second half.

Swansea had several chances to reaffirm their advantage, with Mike van der Hoorn denied from inside the six-yard box by some last-ditch defending, before Celina collected and blasted into the top corner from 25 yards to make the result safe.

McKay's close-range fourth added gloss to a scoreline that means Swansea have now eliminated the Gills from the FA Cup on all four occasions the sides have met in the competition and can look forward to Monday's fifth-round draw.

Swansea manager Graham Potter told BBC Sport Wales: "Overall - especially after the third goal went in, which was a fantastic strike - it became a little bit easier for us, but credit to Gillingham, they kept going.

"In the FA Cup strange things happen, as we've seen already, so it's nice for us that we're through to the next round.

"That's the beauty of this competition. That's why everybody likes it so much.

"We're not that good that that type of thing won't happen. It's how you react [to conceding] that's important - and I thought we reacted well."

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell told BBC Sport Wales: "The players worked very hard, they gave everything, they couldn't give any more.

"There was a spell in the second half when we got back to 2-1 and I thought we had a chance of nicking another one later on.

"The third goal killed it - and it was a great goal, top quality.

"Swansea are an excellent side, a good passing side, and first half they gave us a lesson in how to pass the ball around and create things."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 17Carter-VickersBooked at 14mins
  • 24John
  • 8FerSubstituted forFultonat 82'minutes
  • 10Celina
  • 21Grimes
  • 46Baker-RichardsonSubstituted forJamesat 69'minutes
  • 9McBurnieSubstituted forByersat 82'minutes
  • 19McKay

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 7Montero
  • 12Dyer
  • 20James
  • 27Fulton
  • 28Byers
  • 50Harries

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 6Zakuani
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34OgilvieSubstituted forParrettat 83'minutes
  • 2O'NeillSubstituted forFullerat 83'minutes
  • 24Rees
  • 33Byrne
  • 3Garmston
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 9Eaves
  • 15ListSubstituted forHanlanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hanlan
  • 8Parrett
  • 12Fuller
  • 14Parker
  • 19Simpson
  • 20Oldaker
  • 30Hadler
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
15,080

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 4, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 4, Gillingham 1.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Attempt saved. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Dean Parrett (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Barrie McKay (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 4, Gillingham 1. Barrie McKay (Swansea City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel James.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Barry Fuller replaces Luke O'Neill.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Dean Parrett replaces Connor Ogilvie.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. George Byers replaces Oliver McBurnie.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Leroy Fer.

Attempt saved. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Erwin Mulder.

Attempt saved. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Rees (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Gillingham 1. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Barrie McKay.

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Brandon Hanlan replaces Elliott List.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Daniel James replaces Courtney Baker-Richardson.

Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Barrie McKay.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Gillingham 1. Josh Rees (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Byrne.

Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

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