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Mariners, Phoenix share points in New Year's Eve arm-wrestle

Central Coast Mariners were made to earn their first point in four matches as an improved Wellington Phoenix secured a 0-0 away draw on New Year's Eve.

Ben Kennedy and Lewis Italiano both made important interventions to preserve the deadlock, while Matthew Ridenton was left to rue a first-half miss at Central Coast Stadium.

The hosts improved after half-time but were ultimately forced to settle for the end of a three-match losing run.

Wellington, meanwhile, remain four points adrift at the bottom, although they can take heart from a second clean sheet in four outings.

Asdrubal worked hard without reward.


  • Connor Pain picked the wrong option in looking for a team-mate after being put through on goal for the first opportunity of the match.
  • Italiano next did well to prevent Pain from rounding him when the winger was slipped in behind by Asdrubal.
  • A determined Andrija Kaluderovic drew a smart low save from Kennedy as Wellington appeared a threat at the other end.
  • Ridenton had the best two chances of an encouraging half for Phoenix, blasting the first over at close-range and then drawing a near-post save from an in-form Kennedy.
  • Central Coast began to gain the ascendancy after half-time, Storm Roux trying his luck with a fizzing effort from distance.
  • Italiano almost spilled a Pain shot into the path of Blake Powell, but the goalkeeper recovered the loose ball.
  • Kwabena Appiah snaked his way through heavy traffic in Wellington's area, only for his cut-back to evade team-mates.
Antony Golec and Andrija Kaluderovic
Antony Golec helped keep Andrija Kaluderovic under wraps.

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# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 27 18 6 3 60
Sydney FC 27 16 4 7 52
Melbourne Victory 27 15 5 7 50
Adelaide United 27 12 8 7 44
Melbourne City FC 27 11 7 9 40
Wellington Phoenix 27 11 7 9 40
Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 6 6 15 24
Brisbane Roar FC 27 4 6 17 18
Central Coast Mariners 27 3 4 20 13