United top regional log

2017-03-01 06:00
 Photo: suppliedQwabe United and Groutville Citizens complained about the maintenance of the Stanger Manor pitch following their SAB league counter on Sunday which saw United win 2 - 1.

Photo: suppliedQwabe United and Groutville Citizens complained about the maintenance of the Stanger Manor pitch following their SAB league counter on Sunday which saw United win 2 - 1.

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QWABE United once again defeated Groutville Citizens, this time with a score of 2 - 1 in their second leg SAB Regional League encounter played at Stanger Manor this past Sunday. 

The win placed United at the top of the log with 24 points in nine games, having lost just one so far in the season. 

The first half ended goalless with Citizens managing to break the deadlock 20 minutes into the last half of the game. 

Citizens took the lead with a penalty awarded to the side after United's defender, Mpilo Sithole, blocked Citizens' shot at a goal with a chest trap which led to an unfortunate handball inside the box. 

However, minutes later the log leaders levelled the score after the side's right winger, Bonnie Pupu's cross into the danger zone was placed at the back of the net by striker Zothani Gumede. 

Towards the final whistle, Gumede was brought down in the box and United were awarded a penalty which Pupu converted, winning the game 2 - 1 for his side. 

United's chairperson Lucky Gumede said both sides were disappointed by the conditions of the pitch at Stanger Manor. 

"The grass on the field had not been cut. The lack of maintenance was disappointing," he said. 

Meanwhile, on Saturday United claimed maximum points at the KwaDukuza Recreational Grounds after they conquered Shakaville FC with a 3 - 0 win. 

United's right winger, Bonnie Pupu, put his side in the lead with a penalty five minutes before the halftime whistle. 

The side was awarded a penalty after striker Zothani Gumede was brought down in the box. 

20 minutes into the second half, United's left winger, Slasher Zikhali, made a brilliant overlapping run on the left before laying a pass onto teammate Gumede who put one past the keeper making the score 2 - 0 for United. 

Several minutes before the referee blew the final whistle, Zikhali's run once again cut along the left-hand side of the pitch, his pass connected with Gumede who sliced open Shakaville's defence with fancy footwork before scoring his brace, winning the game 3 - 0 for United. 

"Shakaville were a very strong side, they played well, they just failed to convert their chances, and we overpowered them with our attacks from our wingers," United's chairperson said. 

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