Both Adelaide and Wellington entered the contest as even as could be - each on four wins, three draws, three losses, 14 goals scored, 13 conceded.

Adelaide United dominated proceedings, with a possession-focused Wellington Phoenix side unwilling to break forward menacingly on the counter. 

When the Nix's Mandi was sent off for kicking Vince Lia while the Red was spawled on the ground - a controversial decision given Lia was laying over the ball - Adelaide threw the kitchen sink at Wellington but the Kiwi's were steadfast, blocks flying left, right and centre.

Adelaide finished with 22 shots to Phoenix's four, but the spoils were shared one-point apiece, leaving both sides sitting pretty on 16 points, Adelaide still ahead on head-to-head record, after beating Wellington 3-1 at Westpac in late November.