Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix ended 2017 with a goalless draw at Central Coast Stadium on New Year’s Eve.
Despite the scoreline this was far from a drab affair as both sides came close to scoring the winner on numerous occasions
Both teams remained positive for the entire 90 minutes as they searched for the opener, but as both goalkeepers stood strong to keep clean sheets, the points were eventually shared.
“It was nice to get a clean sheet, obviously we’ve conceded a few goals the past few weeks,” Mariner’s goalkeeper Ben Kennedy said on Fox Sports’ coverage after the game.
“So the clean sheet was positive but we didn’t get the win which is what we wanted. So it gives us a bit to work on before Melbourne Victory next week.
“We’re working on it (scoring), I think it maybe just takes that one or two goals to go in and the boys get confidence back.
“So I think at the moment we’re working hard, we’re doing everything right but we just can’t get the ball in the net. But you know, we have confidence in the boys up top and they’ll get the job done.”
Meanwhile the final game of Match day 13 ended in a 2-1 victory for Western Sydney Wanderers as they hosted Melbourne City on 1st January.
The hosts came from behind after Ross McCormack put the visitors ahead in the 25th minute, smuggling home Nathaniel Atkinson’s low cross at the back post.
The lead lasted just 5 minutes as Spanish striker Oriol Riera ended his goal drought, before setting up the winner a minute later as he flicked a pass into Mark Bridge’s path and his fellow forward slotted home.
The win lifted Wanderers two places to seventh, but it was a third straight loss for fourth-placed City.