Adelaide United hosted Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium in the last fixture in Round 9. Coming off losses last time around, both clubs were desperate for the three points.
The Boxing Day clash kicked off in very hot conditions in Adelaide tonight at around 33 degrees. The game started as a cagey affair with both teams looking for openings and there were chances for both sides.
Two free-kicks for the Reds in particular, but they couldn’t capalise. One mistake from Nathan Konstanopoulos - a sloppy tackle in the penalty area on Tarek Elrich - lead to Oriol Riera putting Western Sydney one-nil up to end the first-half.
Adelaide came out of the traps with good intent and purpose in the second-half and equalised through some good work by Scott Galloway down the left-hand side, slotting the ball into the 6 -yard line, creating a nice deflection for Nikola Milusenic to tap in.
Then, with the momentum, a delightful pass by Isaias to find Milusenic who stroked the ball low and hard through the keepers' legs.
As soon as Jordan Elsey was sent off after collecting two yellow cards for leading with his arm, the Wanderers moved the ball quickly down the right-hand side and Josh Risdon found Bruce Kamau, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net to equalise.
Overall a good game of football, finishing 2-2.
Paul Izzo – 7
50th game for Izzo. Quality save denying WSW getting the opening goal. Saved Riera's penalty but could do nothing about the rebound. Good saves in second-half. Beaten by Kamau's strike, but again not his fault.
Scott Galloway – 7.5
Got forward early on. Good control of the ball. Has his work cut out with Kamau's pace. He supplied the cross, with a deflection for Mileusnic to tap in. Worked tirelessly for his team throughout the game.
Michael Jakobsen – 6
Needs to release the ball quicker but still solid in defence.
Jordan Elsey – 6.5
Good range of passing, better first-half performance than last time out. After he was booked in the first-half, he received a second card for leading with his arm on Riera.