Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Adelaide United
Hyundai A-League R24
Pirtek Stadium
2016-03-19T08:30:00+00:00
Attendance
15,208

Wanderers and Reds in stalemate at Wanderland

Western Sydney Wanderers have moved back to the top of the Hyundai A-League after a tense 0-0 draw with a well-organised Adelaide United at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night.

It was a game befitting a meeting between two sides with Premiership ambitions.

Chances were few and far between as the two heavyweights slugged it out in Parramatta.

Both sides cancelled each other in the first 45 minutes though the big talking point was a yellow card to Reds winger Bruce Kamau.

On 11 minutes, the Reds flyer surged past Wanderers keeper Reddy and went down.

It appeared a clear foul but the Japanese referee yellow carded the Kamau for simulation. Coach Amor was furious.

Bruce Kamau

As the teams left the pitch at half time the Reds remonstrated with the referee Takuto Okabe.

The Wanderers pressed in the second half and just after the hour, United defender McGowan threw himself at the ball to deny one of the clearest chances of the game.

Wanderers hit the post inside the last 10 minutes from a desperate Santalab header. 

And Bridge missed the target in the final minute with a curling shot that could've won it. 

But the home side were unable to weave any late magic as the game ended in a stalemate. 

KEY MOMENT

Kamau’s yellow early in the first half. The Reds felt it should’ve been a red to Reddy. If the ref had sent off the keeper it could’ve changed the course of the game.

OPTA DATA STATS

The first corner kick came in the 62nd minute.

THE FINAL WORD

The tightness of this clash mirrors the tightness of the run-in to the Premiership – the Reds could still win it. So could Wanderers, so could City and so could Roar with just two points between the top four sides.

Hyundai A-League 2018/19
# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 13 10 2 1 32
Melbourne Victory 14 9 2 3 29
Sydney FC 13 8 2 3 26
Melbourne City FC 13 7 2 4 23
Wellington Phoenix 13 6 4 3 22
Adelaide United 14 6 4 4 22
Newcastle Jets 13 3 3 7 12
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 14 2 3 9 9
Brisbane Roar FC 14 1 4 9 7
Central Coast Mariners 13 1 2 10 5
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne Victory Women 9 6 1 2 19
Brisbane Roar FC Women 9 5 2 2 17
Perth Glory Women 10 4 4 2 16
Sydney FC Women 9 5 0 4 15
Adelaide United Women 9 4 3 2 15
Melbourne City FC Women 10 4 1 5 13
Canberra United Women 10 3 3 4 12
Newcastle Jets Women 9 3 1 5 10
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 9 0 1 8 1
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 6 4 1 1 13
Melbourne City FC Youth 6 4 0 2 12
Perth Glory Youth 7 3 1 3 10
Adelaide United Youth 6 2 1 3 7
Melbourne Victory Youth 7 1 1 5 4
# Club P W D L PTS
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 7 5 0 2 15
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 5 0 3 15
Sydney FC Youth 6 4 0 2 12
Newcastle Jets Youth 7 3 0 4 9
Canberra United Youth 6 0 0 6 0