Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix have played out a 0-0 stalemate in front of 5,192 people at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast.

It was a match of few chances with neither side able to grab a stranglehold in what was the first A-League match to be played at CBUS since the Roar beat Gold Coast United in the final round of the 2011/12 season.

Roar fullback Jack Hingert marked his 150th A-league appearance for the club with a clean sheet and a typically industrious performance.

Both sides were missing key attackers with Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Brett Holman missing for the Roar while the Phoenix’s Michael McGlinchey and Roy Krishna were both absent as well.

Another name was added to Brisbane’s injury list when midfielder Eric Bautheac who had complained about his risk of injury in the A-League during the week was replaced late in the first half with a suspected hamstring problem.

After a slow start the first clear cut chance fell to Corey Brown in the 30th minute who sent his shot over an open net following a goal mouth scramble which included two penalty shouts for after Franjic and D’Agostino were brought down inside the area.

Wellington finished the half the stronger of the two sides with a pair of fingertip saves in quick succession from Jamie Young to deny Dario Vidosic and Matthew Ridenton kept the sides level at the break.

Daniel Bowles put in a stoic defensive effort at the heart of the Roar defence and denied Daniel Mullen with a goal saving block following a Wellington corner.

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Roar’s best chance of the second half came in the 52nd minute when Hingert’s fizzing cross found Maccarone who was unable to direct his header on target.

Bowles again came up big to deny Wellington’s Dario Vidosic midway through the second half after he was picked out by an Adam Parkhouse cross.

Daniel Bowles put in a stoic performance at the centre of the Roar defence which included great goal saving blocks to deny Daniel Mullen and Vidosic.

Aloisi brought on Corey Gameiro and Petros Skapetis and switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half with Gameiro partnering Maccarone upfront in attempt to find the breakthrough.

However Roar’s attacking impetus was stunted shortly after when forward Nicholas D’Agostino rolled his ankle who despite hobbling through the last ten minutes was unable to offer a lot for the Roar.

The match nearly turned ugly in the final minutes when Skapetis appeared to step on Phoenix fullback Tom Doyle in back play.

Doyle’s reaction sparked an all in melee and the pair may consider themselves lucky to have only received yellow cards.

The draw leaves Wellington rooted to the bottom of the ladder while Brisbane remain seventh.

Brisbane Roar 0

Wellington Phoenix 0

CBUS Stadium, Robina

Referee: Shaun EVANS

Assistant Referees: David WALSH & Anton Shchetinin

Fourth Official: Alex King

Brisbane Roar

  1. Daniel BOWLES, 5. Corey BROWN, 8, Jacob PEPPER, 9. Massimo MACCARONE, 17. Matthew MCKAY, 18. Joe CALETTI (66’ 11. Corey GAMIERO) 19. Jack HINGERT, 21. Jamie YOUNG, 22. Eric BAUTHEAC (40’ 16. Mitch OXBORROW), 26. Nicholas D”AGOSTINO, 77. Ivan FRANJIC (71’ 33. Petros SKAPETIS)

Wellington Phoenix

  1. Lewis ITALIANO, 2. Daniel MULLEN, 3. Scott GALLOWAY, 4. Goran PARACKI, 8. Dario VIDOSIC, 9. Andrija KALUDEROVIC, 12. Adam PARKHOUSE, 13. Marco ROSSI, 14. Alex RUFER, 19. Thomas DOYLE, 23. Matthew Ridenton
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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.