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Supersport still without win 25/08/04
Supersport United are still without a win following their 1-1 draw with Lamontville Golden Arrows at Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The game started at a brisk pace and it was the visitors who had the upper hand in the early stages.

SuperSport midfielder Richard Rantjie had the first chance of the game when he cut in from the right flank, but his shot from range flew well over the bar.

Abafana Bes'thende then came back strongly into the match and created a number of chances, however they failed to convert any of them.

In the 17th minute skilful midfielder Ace Gulwa came closest when Harry Milanzi flicked the ball onto him, however, his excellent first time volley struck the cross bar.

Five minutes later Richard Hanyekane was put through on goal, but the newly signed striker was unable to keep his shot on target.

Arrows were starting to play some attractive football and in the 32nd minute a flowing move saw Milanzi get a shot in at the near post, which was saved by United keeper Grant Johnson at the expense of a corner.

But the home team were made to pay for not finishing off their chances, when, in the 41st minute, United skipper Ricardo Katza rose highest to head home a corner from Richard Rantjie.

Arrows started the second period at blistering pace in a bid to find an equaliser, but their finishing in front of goal was poor.

However, it was United who created the first opportunity in the 48th minute when lanky striker Dale Studzinski flicked on as long ball to Rantjie, who played in Cavann Sibeko, but the midfielder blasted his shot well wide of goal, with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Studzinski was causing the Arrows defence major problems with his height, but unfortunately for Supersport, not all their balls upfield found the striker.

United should have extended their lead in the 62nd minute when Studzinski put Edward Williams clear on goal, but the midfielder contrived to hit the upright from close range.

Arrows started playing with more urgency and although they created several goalscoring opportunities, their strikers were unable to convert the chances.

The home side were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, but substitute Andile Cele fired his shot high over the bar.

However, Arrows scored a deserved equaliser in the 75th minute when Hanyekane surged down the left flank before cutting the ball back inside the area for skipper Mlungisi Gumbi to slot home from close range.

Abafana Bes'thende should have taken the lead five minutes later when Cele won the ball in midfield before [playing a brilliant defence-splitting pass to Musa Myeni, who was clear on goal, but the midfielder shot just wide with the goalkeeper to beat.

United almost stole it at the death when substitute Daniel Matsau collected the ball wide on the left flank to send in a dangerous low cross, but Rantjie just failed to make the necessary contact to steer the ball home.

The result leaves United in sixth position in the Castle Premiership on two points, while Arrows on in 10th place on one point.

Pitso Mosimane's men will be looking to secure their first win of the season when they face Bush Bucks on Saturday, while Arrows have the daunting task of hosting Orlando Pirates the following day.

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