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Wanderers, Reds unable to be separated

On a warm Friday night at Pirtek Stadium, the Wanderers and Adelaide United shared the points in front of a strong crowd of 16,372.

In what was an exhilarating start to the game, there were chances aplenty at either end of the pitch with both keepers under threat.

Bruce Djite, who hadn’t scored in his last 18 games in an Adelaide United shirt, had the chance to break that drought as he was played in by Sergio Cirio, however Andrew Redmayne was up to the occasion parrying his effort past the post in the 2nd minute.

Djite was once again involved picking out Cirio, who exquisitely controlled the ball with his chest and struck a volley which rattled against the crossbar.

Federico Piovaccari found the back of the net in the 17th minute, however was quickly disallowed by the official Ben Williams, after he concluded that Piovaccari infringed on Adelaide defender Dylan McGowan in the build up.

Williams, was once again a central figure in a penalty shout which wasn’t given a minute later, after Michael Marrone went down inside the box in what looked like a clear penalty.

Romeo Castelen’s shot from distance in the 37th minute was eventually dealt with by Eugene Galekovic, despite a notable deflection misguiding the direction of the ball.

In what was a fairly open 45 minutes, Mark Bridge was brought down in the final seconds of the first stanza, however once again Williams waved off any suggestion of a penalty.

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The second half provided only few chances, as both sides were much more organised at the back.

Particularly Adelaide as youngster Jordan Elsey was a standout – which is a huge positive for Guillermo Amor’s team, on the back of the news that central defender Osama Malik could be on his way out in a trade deal with Melbourne City for winger David Williams.

The late injection of substitutes Dario Vidosic, Golgol Mebrahtu and Brendon Santalab for Western Sydney did give Adelaide a few nervy moments.

Vidosic’s run down the right flank picked out an oncoming Mark Bridge in the box, however he blazed his effort wide in the 85th minute.

Mebrahtu’s late effort from the set piece forced a strong save from Galekovic, to the despair of the Wanderer’s crowd.

In the end Adelaide held out for a draw, as they have now been undefeated in their last 5 games, continuing their mid-season resurrection. The Wanderers continue their 10 game unbeaten run, and face Melbourne City next week at AAMI Park. Adelaide face Perth Glory at NIB Stadium next Saturday.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Jordan Elsey (Adelaide United)
2 Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)
1 Andreu Guerao (Western Sydney)

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