The Grand Final rematch from last season has ended scoreless at Spotless Stadium with Western Sydney Wanderers held to a 0-0 draw with Adelaide United.

On the back of mid-week trips to Asia for both sides, it was a sluggish start with the first effort on target not coming until the 17th minute when Nicolas Martinez forced a save out of Daniel Margush with a curling effort from distance.

United, who had a day less to recover from their ACL clash, were looking particularly lethargic but did get their first shot on target a few minutes later through a tame Papa Diawara header.

It was the Wanderers who were looking sharper however and they nearly grabbed the opener in the 22nd minute only for Lachlan Scott’s effort across goal to be cleared off the line by Ryan McGowan.

Having dominated possession, Western Sydney then had a powerful shot from Martinez blocked in the 29th minute before a Jack Clisby ball across goal somehow evaded a host of red and black shirts in the box.

The Wanderers continued to dominate and did eventually force the ball home in the 39th minute but Dimas was denied a goal with Scott ruled to kick the ball out of Margush’s hands in the build up.

In injury time, Scott would then miss a header at the back post as the first half somehow ended goalless.

After the break it remained Western Sydney on the front foot with Margush doing brilliantly to deny Antonis and Scott either side of the 51st minute.

Adelaide were showing signs of life in the second half and a super ball from Tarek Elrich found Ben Garuccio in the box after 62 minutes but after rounding the keeper, the defender’s shot was cleared off the line by Scott Neville.

Five minutes later Jumpei turned well on the ball in the box for the red and black only for his shot to blocked wide on its way towards goal.

With the game crawling to an end in the final twenty minutes, Kearyn Baccus charged into the box in the dying minutes and managed to work off a shot only for his effort to drift wide.

In injury time, Antonis would then hit the crossbar from a free-kick as the game ended in a goalless draw.

Wanderers are still searching for their first win at Spotless but do remain in sixth position on the ladder while United are stranded at the bottom. 

Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Adelaide United 0

Spotless Stadium (8,965)

Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones
Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald and Greg Taylor
Fourth Official: Luke Withell

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran, 3. CLISBY Jack, 8. DIMAS (13. PINATARES Bruno 78’), 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas (16. SOTIRIO Jaushua 70’), 12. NEVILLE Scott, 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonanthan, 23. SCOTT Lachlan (29. GRIFFITHS Ryan 65’), 24. ANTONIS Terry
Substitutes: 1. TYSON Jerrad, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 13. PINATARES Bruno, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 29. GRIFFITHS Ryan

Adelaide United: 30. MARGUSH Daniel, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 5. REGAN Taylor, 7. KIM JaeSung, 9. DIAWARA Papa Babacar (12. OCHIENG Mark 54’), 10 CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. CIRIO Sergio, 18. MCGREE Riley, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 24. O’DOHERTY Jordan (92. BABALJ Eli 73’)

Substitutes: 20. HALL John, 2. MARRONE Michael, 12. OCHIENG Mark, 16. MAKAROUNAS Jesse, 92. BABALJ Eli

 

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