The Western Sydney Wanderers failed to take advantage of their opponents going down to ten men as the Mariners & Wanderers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Homebush.
With the return of Josh Risdon from international duty the home side were fieldling a full strength linueup against the Mariners whose team included young gun Daniel De Silva and it was the visitors who struck first. After building an attack on the left flank, Storm Roux found Andrew Hoole with a cut-back, and Hoole fired in a weak shot that Vedran Janjetovic did his best impression of Andrew Redmayne with, dropping it cold in front of Asdrubal who had the simplest goal he'll ever score to make it 1-0.
Despite the setback the home side mounted attack after attack, and they equalised from the penalty spot in the 39th minute. Roly Bonevacia was smashed from behind with a shoulder charge in the box and the referee had no hesitation awarding the penalty. Marquee striker Oriol Riera stepped up and powered a brilliant penalty into the side netting that the Mariners keeper couldn't keep out.
The third goal was awarded to De Silva but could easily have been an own goal for Brendan Hamill, who had subbed on for an injured Michael Thwaite. Hoole put De Silva in own goal and he lifted the ball over Janjetovic with the final touch being smashed into the back of the net by a despairing Hamill.
The Wanderers came back yet again thanks to another less than adequate disaply of goalkeeping. Josh Risdon steamed down the right flank, and fired in a cross to the edge of the 6 yard box, Glover spilled it into the path of Roly Bonevacia who summed up the situation perfectly and emphatically finished past Glover and the diving Mariners defence.
Hoole saw a late red card after a second yellow offence, but the Wanderers weren't able to maintain any level of control over the ball, giving away soft fouls & mishit passes that allowed the Mariners to waste enough time to end the game in a 2-2 draw.
The Wanderers face Sydney FC next weekend on Saturday 21 October.