Wanderers, Adelaide play out stalemate

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers remain in the Hyundai A-League top six after a 0-0 draw Adelaide United at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite controlling much of the game and having a number of golden chances, the Wanderers weren’t able to find a winner.

On a heavy, rain-soaked pitch midfield exchanges dominated the open proceedings before the Wanderers began to boss possession.

Jack Clisby was proving a threat down the left-hand side with some dangerous balls into the box, while Nico Martínez was first to test Daniel Margush with a strike from the edge of the area.


Lachlan Scott, making his first appearance since Round 17, had a golden chance to put the Wanderers ahead when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the six-yard box.

The striker managed to poke the ball past the onrushing Margush but Dylan McGowan made a last-ditch clearance on the line.

The Wanderers continued to put pressure on Adelaide’s defence and another dangerous Clisby ball across the edge of the six-yard box was just out of reach of both Scott and Jumpei Kusukami.


The Red & Black did have the ball in the back of the net when Dimas tapped home after Margush spilled a cross, though referee Kris Griffith-Jones pulled things back having spotted a foul in the scramble.

Scott had another fantastic chance on the strike of half time but he couldn’t get enough on Scott Neville’s whipped cross.

Following the break the Wanderers continued to take the game to Adelaide with Margush pulling off two smart saves: first to deny Terry Antonis from distance before brilliantly tipping away a Scott header from close range. 


Sergio Cirio had Adelaide’s best chance of the game on the hour mark when he rounded Vedran Janjetovic and fired towards goal but Neville was on hand to clear to safety.

The game began to open up in the final stages as both sides looked to find a winner but neither could break the deadlock.

The result leaves the Wanderers sitting in sixth place ahead of Round 23’s match against Wellington Phoenix at Spotless Stadium on 19 March.