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SuperSport Down City

Two second half goals from Mame Niang and Kermit Erasmus saw SuperSport United beat Manchester City 2-0 in a preseason friendly match at Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The game got under way at a frantic pace and City had their first chance on goal as early as the second minute, but it came about because of a mistake by goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

The SuperSport United goalie botched a clearance, playing the ball straight to Edin Dzeko who failed to take the opportunity as he saw his 14-yard effort well-saved by Williams diving low to his right.

A minute later and United had their first chance on goal as Bennett Chenen beat his marker inside the box with some fine skill, but Joe Hart was quick off his line to smother the attacker’s shot on goal.

As the game settled the defences of both teams became more organised and chances on goal were few and far between.

The next opportunity to score fell to Aleksandar Kolarov in the 17th minute as he muscled his way into the box, but he saw his 16-yard effort sail narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

Four minutes later and Williams did brilliantly in a one on one situation with Dzeko, making himself big and stopping the striker’s attempt.

The last decent chance of the half came in the 31st minute from a United free-kick as David Mathebula curled his 22-yard effort inches over the crossbar.

The half ended all-square.

The second 45 was a little disjointed with both teams making numerous substitutions which resulted in a start-stop half.

Still, United did manage to find two well-worked goals.

In the 56th minute Mame Niang headed home a cross from the right to give SuperSport the lead, 1-0.

In the 82nd minute Kermit Erasmus added the second goal after latching onto a brilliant through ball and then expertly passing the ball past the City keeper to make it 2-0 as Cavin Johnson got his coaching tenure at United underway in fine fashion.


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