Wellington Phoenix hosted Adelaide United in a New Year’s clash that saw a goalless draw at a wet and windy Westpac Stadium.

It was the first time the home side had been back to Westpac Stadium since their 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets on November 5th.

Adelaide came into the game with a single win this season, that did come against the Phoenix however, back in Round 9.

It was Wellington that had the first chance of the night.

Kosta Barbarouses’s back post cross saw Roy Krishna fluff his lines. The star striker not able to make solid contact in a wonderful position.

Both teams struggled to compose themselves in what were terrible conditions.

Barbarouses’s deflected effort from the edge of the area saw Eugen Galekovic make a smart stop.

Hamish Watson had a tame volley saved minutes later as the home side looked to dominate the ball.

Vince Lia was handed his fifth yellow card of the season for a clumsy challenge on Sergio Guardiola. The Veteran midfielder will miss a game as a result.

Adelaide were handed a terrific chance in the 28th minute. Nikola Mileusnic saw the ball roll to him unmarked in the centre of area and the winger’s skied effort should have seen the visitors go ahead.

That’s how it stayed for the first half, no surprises that the leagues two lowest scorers failed to find the back of the net.

Galekovic was called into action early in the second half.

Barbarouses was played into an excellent position by Hamish Watson, the keeper saving what was a certain goal.

Watson was then to sting the palms of Galekovic as the ‘Nix started to gain the ascendency.

Ryan Kitto flashed a shot narrowly wide of Glen Moss’s goal from the edge of the area in the 61st minute, Adelaide struggling to trouble Moss in the second half.

Neither side looked to possess the incisive final ball needed to snatch the game, and as the half wore on the chances for either side started to dry up.

Gui Finkler found himself with room at the back post following a whipped ball by Krishna, Galekovic comfortably claiming the subsequent header.

The homeside pushed hard for the result in the closing moments and a Finkler freekick was not enough to beat Galekovic.

A ot of industry without finesse was a highlight on the night and neither side will be particularly happy with the 0-0 end result.

The Phoenix have a long flight ahead of them as they play the Glory on Thursday night. Adelaide head home to face Melbourne Victory. 

Wellington Phoenix 0
Adelaide United 0

Referee: Matthew Conger
Assistant Referees: Glen Lochrie & Sarah Jones
Fourth Official: Kris Griffith-Jones

Stadium: FSG Stadium, Hamilton

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MOSS, Glen (GK), 2. TRATT, Jacob, 4. BONEVACIA, Rolieny (8. RODRIGUEZ, Alex 86th) 7. FINKLER, Guilherme, 9. BARBAROUSES, Kosta (PARKHOUSE Adam 79) 11. WATSON, Hamish 13. ROSSI, Michael, 17. LIA, Vince, 15. DOYLE Tom, 21. KRISHNA, Roy 22. DURANTE, Andrew (C)
Substitutes: 5. LOWRY, Ryan, 16. FENTON, Louis, 20. ITALIANO, Lewis, 23. RIDENTON, Matthew

Adelaide United: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugen (GK) 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 5. REGAN Taylor 7. Henrique, 8. Isaias, 9. GUARDIOLA Sergio (22. KITTO Ryan  45’)10. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. CIRIO Sergio 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 25. HOLLAND James
Substitutes:2. MARRONNE, 16. MAKAROUNAS, 20. HALL John (GK). DOHERTY

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