Adelaide City and MetroStars played out a 0-0 draw in their Round 16 PlayStation 4 clash at Adelaide City Park on Saturday afternoon.
By Michael Barbaro
The draw meant that City extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points, after the second placed Adelaide Comets succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Croydon Kings.
It was a fiery opening as expected to the encounter; MetroStars’ Adam van Dommele went to ground in the box in the third minute in the lead up to a set piece, but referee Daniel Elder indicated that there was no wrongdoing.
In the sixth minute, the visitors almost went close to opening the scoring, through midfielder Matthew Dawber.
Christian Esposito’s cross was whipped into the centre, but Dawber’s glancing header sailed inches over the crossbar.
As the match started to heat up, the chances went begging, and City’s Joseph Costa tried for an audacious overhead kick, but it was dealt with by Metro’s Isaac Carmody.
Controversy started to brew in the 40th minute; Joseph Costa for a ball which was collected by Carmody.
The latter appeared to elbow Costa, who had to leave the field for treatment in the lead-up to half-time.
Anthony Costa was cautioned by Elder for dissent, and awarded no punishment to Carmody.
The sides went into the break level.
No team looked to threaten the goals for the majority of the second half, but City blew a golden chance to snatch the winner late on.
Matthew Halliday began a run before releasing the ball out wide, and an Allwright cross was whipped into the back post with the captain blazing over the bar from inside six yards.
It was a huge chance for City, but it proved to be the final clear-cut chance of the game, with the two sides sharing the spoils in a 0-0 stalemate.
City travel to Polonia Reserve next Saturday as they face Croydon and seek retribution for their round six defeat to the Kings.