Ten-man Western United have held Wellington Phoenix at bay to earn a 1-1 draw and transfer inside touching distance of the A-League’s high six.
Regardless of controversially shedding defender Brendan Hamill for a high-elbow simply earlier than halftime, coach Mark Rudan’s United proved resolute in holding Wellington out all through the second stanza.
With the perimeters bodily and competing fiercely, referee Alex King dished out 9 playing cards at UTAS Stadium on Thursday – two of which earned Hamill his marching orders.
United had been able to defend their level because of attacker Lachlan Wales’ Twenty seventh-minute aim, which cancelled out in-form Ben Waine’s early strike.
After ending their two-game Tasmanian homestand with out defeat, they now transfer into seventh on the A-League ladder whereas Wellington stay in ninth.
Belying their frantic week – Wellington flew to Tasmania direct from their 3-1 triumph in Perth on Sunday – coach Ufuk Talay’s aspect began strongly and was rewarded with a lead inside 10 minutes.
Louis Fenton’s blocked cross fell to an adjoining Ulises Davila within the seventh and the Mexican star laced a follow-up to Waine, who despatched a first-time shot into the underside nook. It was the 19-year-old Kiwi’s fifth aim of 2020-21 and third in three consecutive begins.
But regardless of chasing shadows for a lot of the opening exchanges, United rallied to equalise simply earlier than the half-hour mark by means of Olyroo hopeful Wales.
Beginning rather than Besart Berisha, the 23-year-old shrugged off the eye of three defenders after being picked out by Connor Ache and laced an inch-perfect shot into the underside nook to revive parity.
Regardless of their one-man benefit, Phoenix struggled to create any probabilities of be aware till very late within the second half – Davila creating their finest probability when he compelled goalkeeper Ryan Scott right into a world-class save within the 89th minute.