Former England ace Butt scores on HK debut

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HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Former Manchester United and England midfielder Nicky Butt scored on his debut for Hong Kong's South China FC -- and also missed a penalty.

The 35-year-old equalized against TSW Pegasus midway through the second half of their First Division clash with a curled free-kick from the corner of the penalty box to put a smile on home fans faces.

But just six minutes later the shaven-headed goal hero turned villain, clipping a penalty against the underside of the bar and firing the rebound wide.

Butt's blushes were spared when his side eked out a winner in injury time.

"I enjoyed my time," he told reporters afterwards. "There's a lot of things we need to discuss. A lot of things are positive. Hopefully the fans enjoyed seeing me play."

Butt is undecided whether he will remain with South China into the New Year when chairman Steven Lo Kit-sing hopes he will help the club's AFC Cup campaign.