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Western Sydney miss chance to stay alive

A-League Round 23: Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United-slide0
Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

Western Sydney have let Brisbane off the hook as they could only manage a draw of their own, scoreless against Adelaide United at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night.

Youssouf Hersi is in disbelief about a missed chance
Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

The result means that only a complete disaster would keep Brisbane from sealing the Premiers Plate with Western Sydney missing a chance to cut the sizable gap.

Brisbane’s lead now stands at ten points, and they seal the Premiers Plate with just one more win, regardless of any other results.

The match may have been between two sides looking to keep their slim hopes of staying in the Premiership race alive, but it looked anything but as the two teams struggled to really have any real chances in what was a dull encounter.

That may be harsh as the match was clearly effected by the bad weather that hit the Sydney’s west right before kick-off, leading to fears the match may not be played, but ground staff worked double-time to clear the pitch of the standing water and got the match kicked off after just a half-hour delay.

Adelaide were the side that settled first with a chance coming in the tenth minute as Sergio Cirio and Marcelo Carrusca linked up well, allowing Carrusca to send in a cross for Fabio Ferreira at the far post, but he side-footed his effort wide.

Carrusca had the next chance, the only other real chance of the first half, as he made a great run through the Western Sydney defense and shot from 30 meters , beating Ante Covic, but sending it wide of the post.

Western Sydney did have some chances but they rarely troubled the Adelaide defense, not forcing a real save out of Eugene Galekovic through the first half.

10 minutes before half-time Western Sydney did have a great chance as Adam D’Apuzzo cross found Youssouf Hersi who couldn’t get his volley on target, making it scoreless at the break.

The second half was much the same theme, with both sides struggling to get past their opponent’s defense, but having very little success.

The best chance of the half came from a defensive error from Nikolai Topor-Stanley as his scuffed clearance allowed Carrusca a chance, but his volley was just as bad, letting Western Sydney off the hook.

Western Sydney’s only chances were really from distance, and with the quality of attack from both sides poor throughout, it was no surprise when the match was scoreless at full-time.

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