Adelaide and Western Sydney see red in 10-man draw

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Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers have played out a dramatic 1-1 draw after each side went down to 10-men in the second half.

Adelaide got off to an electric start when Tomi Juric rose above the Wanderers defence to meet Ben Halloran’s cross and give the Reds an early 1-0 lead.

Louis D’Arrigo was close to giving Adelaide another goal within the first half-hour when he unleashed a long-range shot that forced Daniel Margush into action. 

Unfortunately for D’Arrigo, his night finished early when he received his second yellow card for tripping up Mitch Duke on the stroke of half-time. 

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Shortly after the send-off, Western Sydney got on the front foot and nearly equalised when Bruce Kamau tested Joe Gauci from close range. 

Despite starting the second half with a man down, Ryan Strain pounced on Margush’s error in the box and was inches away from doubling Adelaide’s advantage. 

Even though the Reds were surprisingly in control, Kamau got another chance when he sped behind the United defence only to have his shot saved by the in-form Gauci. 

With time beginning to tick away, Carl Robinson went to his bench and substitute Simon Cox delivered. 

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The veteran striker got on the end of Duke’s flick-on and levelled the game moments after his arrival. 

Just when Western Sydney started gaining ground, Mark Natta brought down Stefan Mauk with no one behind him and both sides were reduced to 10-men. 

Bernie Ibini-Isei had a great chance to score the winner in stoppage time but thrashed his close-range shot over the crossbar. 

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After an eventful contest it ended 1-1 and the Wanderers become only the second side to pick up points at Coopers Stadium this season. 

Following the match, Adelaide head coach Carl Veart said he was pleased with the way his side continued attacking despite being a man down after half time.

“A lot of times when teams go down to 10, they defend and defend and you just can’t get any relief,” Veart said.

“I wanted us still to attack and didn’t want us to drop too deep. The boys, to their credit they did that and were still pressing at the right moments.”

Contrary to Veart, Wanderers head coach Carl Robinson expressed that his team was not satisfied with the draw.

“We’re disappointed in there and that shows how far this group has come,” Robinson explained.

“If you go away from home it’s always nice to try and get something out of the game, but we’re disappointed we’ve drawn the game.

“We’ve made really good strides in a short space of time but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Adelaide remain in third following the 1-1 result while the Wanderers stay sixth on the A-League table. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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