Western United have been held to a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix at UTAS Stadium in a game that neither team could afford to drop points as the race for the A-League finals heats up.

Andrew Durante became the first A-League player to hit 350 appearances which saw him hit the milestone against his former club.

Phoenix hit the lead through the dangerous Ben Waine in the opening minutes after some tidy footwork from DaVilla. Waine’s third goal for the season (third in four weeks if your counting) was soon cancelled out by the returning Lachie Wales who equalised on the 27th min mark. Wales was absent for the CCM game last Saturday after failing to pass the concussion protocol. 

After six yellow bookings across the half, Brendon Hamill was sent off before the break after earning his marching orders much to the dismay of the United fans in attendance. Hamill’s frustrations were further increased after the replay screen glitched out when he pointed to referee Mr King to take a closer look.

HT 1-1

 

Chances were few and fair between with both sides missing that finishing touch. Davilla shaved the inside of the post in the dying minutes which proved to be the games final meaningful moment as the two teams had to share the points.

 

Tanner Coad
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FNR's Tasmanian correspondent covering the NPL TAS and A-League. Also write for Football Tasmania and Beyond 90 {W-League}. Has a strong belief in creativity and strives to tell the stories behind the captured image.