KAIZER CHIEFS 0 CITY 1
Vodacom Challenge played at The Absa Stadium, Durban
21st July 2009
City Taylor, Zabaleta, McGivern, Mee, Bridges, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Barry, Ireland, Etuhu, Caicedo – subs Garrido(72), Vidal(64), Weiss(82), Petrov(45), Nielsen(unused), Benjani(45), Bojinov(unused)
Chiefs Khune, Mmbool, Masenamela,, Sweswe, Nahayo, Nengomasha, Masango, Letsholonyane, Motaung Jr, Mathebula, Nale, subs Musona(69), Dladia(65), Yende(55), Ngobeni(unused), Metsimetsi(unused), Torrealba(unused), Lebese(unused), Sibeko(unused), Molokwane(unused), Jambo(unused), Nhleko(unused) Ntuka(unused), Bulu(unused)
City controlled the game for the first Quarter of an hour, the first chance came with excellent work by Shaun Wright-Phillips on the left cutting the ball back for Stevie Ireland who’s shot from 8 yards was blocked
In the 18th minute Ireland was put through one on one with the Chief’s keeper who made a good save from 10 yards
Then a good run into the box by Gareth Barry, on his debut, ended in a tame shot easily saved and three minutes later he cut into the area again and had another low shot easily saved.
within a minute the Chiefs had their first chance when from six yards a shot hit the side netting..
then a good shot from 25 yards was beaten out by Taylor in 35th minute.
City made there dominance count in the last minute of the first half a good run down the right by Etuhu ended with a low cross in to the box where captain Ireland despatched the ball into the net from 6 yards.
The second half was again dominated by City, Petrov looking lively with a great run and far post cross which Wright-Phillips acrobatically shot wide without troubling the keeper
The first chance of the second half came in the 80th minute as Moyaumi shot wide from just 8 yards and 3 minutes later a volley from Sweswe was also just wide.
Etuhu squandered a great chance with two minutes to go as he took the ball around the keeper and then blasted the ball well wide, obviously very tired.