Friday, December 18, 2009

Adelaide and Wellington share the points

Adelaide United moved to second-last on goal-difference on the A-League ladder after drawing 1-1 with the visiting eighth-placed Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium this evening.

Adelaide went close to scoring in the 22nd minute when Michael Marrone hit the outside of a post.

United were unable to make it a fourth home win of the season despite taking the lead in the 57th minute through Alemao.

The Brazilian midfielder gained possession near the half-way line on the right and advanced on goal before driving a great shot from 30 metres past a helpless Liam Reddy in the Phoenix goal.

Wellington then attacked strongly and dominated the rest of the game and grabbed the equaliser in the 77th minute.

Substitute Adrian Caceras was on the pitch for less than a minute when he beat two defenders on the left and cut inside along the byline.

Caceras drove the ball low and hard towards the six-yard box and Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic deflected the ball into his own net with his leg to make it 1-1.

Tim Brown missed an easy header for Wellington, while captain Adrian Durante was also off-target from a good opening.

The attendance was 9,070.

Wellington’s joy at gaining a point was tempered somewhat by the news that the Asian Football Confederation is renewing its efforts to ban New Zealand sides from competing in Australian competitions.

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