Western Sydney Wanderers have been held to a goalless draw by Adelaide United in an entertaining start to 2016 for the Hyundai A-League at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night.
While there were no goals, there were plenty of chances – and a tinge of controversy – with both sides denied what looked good shouts for a penalty in the first half.
Wanderers striker Federico Piovaccari had a goal disallowed in the first half for a tug of Dylan McGowan’s shirt a minute later Adelaide felt they should have had a penalty.
Michael Marrone burst into the box and was clattered into by Nikolai Topor-Stanley, but referee Ben Williams waved away the appeals.
Then just before the break Mark Bridge went down in the box under a challenge from McGowan, and again Williams felt there was no need to point to the spot.
The second half started at a similar pace to the opening 45 minutes but soon calmed down, with chances sparse compared to the first half.
Craig Goodwin’s header forced a brilliant save by Andrew Redmayne in Adelaide’s best chance, while Reds skipper Eugene Galekovic had to be alert to keep out Golgol Mebrahtu’s free-kick late on.
In the end both goalkeepers couldn't be beaten to ensure their sides would take a hard-earned point and continue their unbeaten runs.
The Wanderers have now gone 10 games without defeat to remain at the top of the table, while Adelaide missed the chance to jump into the top six but are now unbeaten in their last five games.
Both sides are on the road next weekend, with the Wanderers travelling to Melbourne City while Adelaide makes the trip to Perth Glory.
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Wanderers held by Adelaide at Pirtek
Western Sydney Wanderers have been held to a goalless draw by Adelaide United in an entertaining start to 2016 for the Hyundai A-League at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night. While there were no goals, there were plenty of chances ? and a tinge of controversy ? with both sides deni