A match report where Bournemouth scored five goals in the first half to seal their fifth FA Cup berth; Luis Sinisterra, David Brooks and Dominic Solanke were among the five players; The Cherries have won twice to match their best FA Cup run
22:31, UK, Thursday 25 January 2024
David Brooks’ superb display helped Bournemouth beat Swansea 5-0 to become the first team to book their place in the fifth group of the FA Cup.
Wales international Brooks scored one goal and provided two assists as the Cherries won their biggest FA Cup win against an EFL side since beating Bristol Rovers 6-1 in 1927-28.
Both teams made five changes in their weekend lineups but that didn’t stop Bournemouth making light work of their Championship hosts to reach the last 16 for only the third time since 1989.
Andoni Iraola’s Premier League side led 3-0 with less than a quarter of an hour left when Swansea’s defense collapsed on the south coast.
The Cherries took the lead in the seventh minute when defender Lloyd Kelly came from behind to find himself unmarked to head Brooks’ free-kick into the roof of the net.
Three minutes later Brooks dived down the right before pulling the ball past Alex Scott to make it 2-0.
Kyle Naughton hit the post for the visitors before Luis Sinisterra headed home Bournemouth’s third goal with a confident finish into the far corner after Swansea striker Andrew Fisher had played the ball through to Scott.
An unflappable Brooks waited until 10 minutes before half-time to get the goal he deserved after staying onside to latch on to Dominic Solanke’s pass before slotting past a helpless Fisher.
The prolific Solanke, who had already fired in another Brooks free-kick, grabbed the home side’s fifth just one minute before the half after some terrible defending from the visitors.
Sinisterra played in a low cross from the left wing and Solanke was left with the freedom of the penalty area to score his 14th goal of the season from 10 yards.
It was the first time the Cherries had gone 5-0 this season since they beat Margate 11-0 in the first round of the FA Cup in 1971.
Iraola rested Solanke in the second half, but substitute Kieffer Moore could have made it 6-0 seconds later when he failed to get on the end of James Hill’s floating cross.
Moore went close again on 15 minutes when his effort from inside the Swansea penalty area was deflected for a corner, while Milos Kerkez also went down as the hosts failed to add to their tally.
Tottenham residents and guests Manchester City and Aston Villa face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge amid some fourth-quarter clashes on Friday.
Williams: Bad night – I’m wrong
Swansea sir Luke Williamsto speak with S4C: “It was a bad night for us. I apologized to the players because I tried to set up the team to give problems to the opposition. It’s a cup game and we have to try to find a way to win.
“But I was wrong, with a lot of players in high positions and then in return there are not enough bodies to stop the attack, and the opposition was very good.
“I don’t want to single out anyone or point out the mistakes of everyone individually. We are playing against a very good team, which we always lose to because there is a big difference in the game of the two teams at the moment.”
Bournemouth return to Premier League work on February 1 going to West Hamfrom 7.30pm, right Swansea meet the leaders of the Championship Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on January 30, starting at 7.45pm.