Adelaide United have snatched a late draw against a Western Sydney Wanderers team who would be extremely disappointed with their inability to close out the game.
The visiting side had the first chance of the game after breaking down the right, Nikola Mileusnic cut a ball across the 6 yard box beyond the reach of Vedran Janjetovic but just as Ryan Kitto was shaping up for a tap-in the ball was nicked away by Raul Llorente.
The Wanderers somehow managed not to take the lead in the 14th minute. Robbie Cornthwaite lobbed a ball forward onto the chest of Oriol Riera who bought the ball down and hammered it onto the woodwork. It rebounded to the feet of Steven Lustica, the winger taking a touch instead of shooting first time and giving Jordan Elsey enough time to recover his position to block the eventual shot on the goal-line.
Mark Bridge could easily have opened the scoring just before half-time with two efforts going wide, the first a volley from a Lustica cross that blazed across the turf and just missed the far post and the second what would have been a carbon copy of his goal against Melbourne City if not for the fact he put it into the stands.
Not long after the break the Wanderers did have the opening goal from an unlikely source. In his 6th season in the A-League Jack Clisby finally had his first goal. Kearyn Baccus dribbled through the Adelaide midfield, and his offside trap springing pass to Roly Bonevacia had Bridge & Clisby lining up for the cross, Roly found Clisby on the edge of the 6 yard box and the fullback couldn't miss.
With both sides going to the subs bench the game never looked like being won by the Wanderers or lost by Adelaide. Mark Ochieng blasted past the far post of Vedran Janetovic, and then Adelaide had the equaliser in the 85th minute through Apostolos Stamatelopoulos. Taylor Reagan flicked on from a corner, Ryan Strain strenched to knock the ball back into the middle and the Wanderers marking fell apart, giving Stamatelopoulos the freedom to hammer into an empty net from point blank range.
The Wanderers face Wellington on Saturday the 13th in New Zealand.