Date: 2nd August 2009 at 9:57am
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Rotherham United won their first pre-season friendly at Don Valley yesterday afternoon against a young Manchester City XI side.

The game began cautiously and it was the Millers’ first attack on nineteen minutes that produced the first goal of the game. Ryan Taylor hit a low shot which City ‘keeper, Gunner Nielsen, didn’t collect cleanly and it bobbled into the net. A minute later, Taylor could have made it two but his shot hit the post and from the rebound, Nicky Law’s shot was blocked on the line. Both Kevin Ellsion and Jason Taylor had shots at goal before Ian Sharps blocked at the other end from David Ball just before half-time.

The home side came out fighting in the second half and it was only a minute old when a good ball from Law found Ellison who in turn found the head of Tom Pope who gave Neilsen no chance as he headed it past him. With City failing to trouble the Millers Pope, Ryan Taylor and Ellison kept Neilsen busy at the other end. The lively McDermott did get past the Millers defence on the seventieth minute finding Tchuimeni-Nimley but he sent his shot way over the crossbar. Sharps again came to the Millers’ rescue a few minutes later when, with Warrington beaten, he cleared a James Poole side-footer off the line. In the dying minutes, a loose ball in the Millers penalty area fell to Ben Mee but he sliced it wide of goal while at the other end Andy Liddell found Pope on his own but Neilsen was quickly off his line to stop the Millers striker getting his second.

A good work out for Mark Robins’ side today and a welcome Don Valley win before the battle commences in the League next Saturday.

ROTHERHAM UNITED
Warrington, Lynch, Sharps, Fenton, Green (Joseph), Law, Mills (Harrison), J Taylor, Ellison (Liddell), Pope, R Taylor (Warne)

MANCHESTER CITY
Nielsen, Key, McDonald (Boyata), Kay, Moore, Clayton (Warbara), Ibrahim, McDermott, Ball (Mak), Tchuimeni-Nimley (Poole)