United beat Citizens

2017-02-15 06:01
Qwabe United beat Groutville Citizens 3-2 at the weekend in their SAB Regional League encounter. Photo: supplied

Qwabe United beat Groutville Citizens 3-2 at the weekend in their SAB Regional League encounter. Photo: supplied

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QWABE United beat Groutville Citizens 3-2 at the KwaDukuza Recreational Grounds in their SAB Regional League encounter on Saturday.

Despite the sweltering heat, the determination exhibited by players made an entertaining day of soccer.

United opened their account in the 30th minute of the first half with a penalty converted by striker Justin Kabini.

The side was awarded a penalty after left winger Mdu Mthembu was brought down in the box following his overlapping run into the danger zone.

The two sides were evenly matched for the rest of the half which concluded with United leading 1-0.

Ten minutes into the second half, Kabini registered his name on the scoreboard once again after he connected with a pass from his teammate, striker Zothani Gumede, to put United two goals ahead.

Kabini, however, was not done because five minutes later he made a brilliant attacking run from the 40-yard mark, laying to waste Citizens' defence before unleashing a cracker, scoring a hattrick to put United 3-0.

In the dying minutes of the game, Citizens­ managed to pull one back after United's left back defender Makhekhe Dlamini's forward clearance was intercepted by Citizens' attacking front who laid a pass forward which was slotted to the back of the net making the score 3-1.

Five minutes later, Citizens capitalised on the combined uncertain and fumbled play by United's keeper and defence, scoring their second goal to end the match 3-2 to United.

United's chairperson Lucky Gumede commended Citizens for showing an improved performance this season and putting on an impressive game which gave his side run for its money.

“Both sides played with determination from kickoff.
“Though Groutville managed to keep us from our scoring ways for 30 minutes in the first half, we eventually cracked their defence. The two sides were evenly matched which made the game enjoyable," he said.

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