A late equalizer from Apostolos Stamatelopoulos ensured Adelaide United came away with a 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

Josep Gombau once again opted for a 4-3-3 formation which had yielded success against Brisbane Roar in the Wanderers last outing and the decision again appeared to pay dividends for the home side.

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The visitors looked sharp in the opening chapters however the Wanderers slowly began to accumulate a greater share of the chances as the half panned out.

Adelaide United looked certain to concede first after Robert Cornthwaite lofted a long ball to Oriol Riera at the far post who brought the ball down off his chest before blasting his shot into the crossbar.

Steven Lustica was there for the rebound but his first time shot was kept out by a desperate last ditch effort from Jordan Elsey who flung himself at the ball to deny the opener.

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Shortly after Roly Bonevacia swapped passes with Lustica before curling in a cross to find Mark Bridge floating at the edge of the box but he was unable to keep his volley from sailing over the bar.

On the stroke of half time Papa Diawara pounced on the deflection of Nikola Mileusnic’s shot forcing Janjetovic to rush and meet him and ensure scores were level heading into the break.

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The Red and Black remained confident in the second half and put their noses out in front in the 52nd minute after Jack Clisby scored his first ever goal for the side.

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Kearyn Baccus supplied Bonevacia in the midfield who surged toward the right before cutting a pass across the face of goal which was left to run by Bridge with the knowledge that Clisby was there to nudge it home at the far post.

Adelaide United weren’t disheartened by the situation and began to turn the game back in their favour.

The contest continued to flow with both teams vying for the second goal of the night and Jordan O’Doherty regretted taking an extra touch when his shot was handled by Janetovic from in front.

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Any hopes of the Wanderers going three wins in three games were dashed in the 86th minute after Taylor Regan flicked on a header following an Adelaide corner.

Amongst the scramble Ryan Strain managed to tuck a ball away to substitute Apostolos Stamatelopoulos who blasted it home at the far post to level the scores much to the dismay of the home fans.

Points were shared as neither side could prod home again in the dying minutes of the game.

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Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Clisby 52′)

Adelaide United 1 (Apostolos Stamatelopoulos 86′)

ANZ Stadium: 10,771

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick & Greg Taylor

VAR: Strebre Delovski

Western Sydney Wanderers

20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (GK), 3. CLISBY Jack, 7. LUSTICA Steven, 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, (11. SANTALAB Brendon 73′) 9. RIERA Oriol, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert (c), 19. BRIDGE Mark, 24. LLORENTE Raul, 25. HERD Christopher (SCOTT Lachlan 63′) 33. THWAITE Michael.

Substitutes: 5. HAMILL Brendan, 34. GROZOS Kostandinos, 40. SUMAN Nicholas (gk)

Adelaide United

  1. MARGUSH Daniel (gk), 2. MARRONE Michael, 4. WARLAND Benjamin, 7. KITTO Ryan, 8. ISAIAS (c), 9. DIAWARA Papa Babacar (OCHIENG Mark 62′) 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola, 22. GULUM Ersan, 23. ELSEY Jordan, 24. O’DOHERTY Jordan, 29. STRAIN Ryan

Substitutes: 5. REGAN Taylor, 18. BROOK Lachlan, 25. STAMATELOPOULOS Apostolos, 30. RICHARDS Isaac (gk)

 

 

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