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United have made history by qualifying for the semi finals of the Nedbank Cup for the first time in their history after beating Warriors FC 3-2 on Sunday afternoon

In a National First Division Nedbank clash, both teams came into this match quite familiar with one anothers strengths and weaknesses.

It was United that showed more hunger to every lose ball. This was proven in the 13th minute when Matt Bareng pulled a powerful shot outside the 18 yard area to put his team into a 1-0 lead.

After this goal, United kept possession by knocking the ball around without trouble. Though, you could say they did not use all their possession to great effect.

African Warriors were played out of the match, chasing United’s shadows. It was in the last three minutes before the first half that United perhaps lost concentration. Nevertheless they were not punished.

In the second half, the visitors came back more relaxed but determined to win the match. Two minutes after half time, it was Lindani Buthelezi who registered his name on the score sheet with a beautiful goal scored after winning the ball from the defender.

Then substitute Siyabulela Shai was brought in to the scene and made his presence felt immediately. His ball distribution was what United needed to retain their dominance. In the 69th minute his effort was awarded when United got a second goal courtesy of Lesang Madolo, after Shai had provided the assist.

In the 75th minute the 20-year-old Shai scored his second goal of the Nedbank after beating Warriors goalkeeper Siyanda Mbatha in a one-on-one situation.

Although Warriors looked a bit tired, they managed to get themselves a penalty. It was Sibusiso Mokoena who took the penalty to beat the goalkeeper on his right after having guessed correctly.United will next face one of the PSL teams remaining in the Nedbank competition.

 

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