In what was an entertaining affair last week in the first half of the round 20 split round, the second half of the round 20 didn’t fail to match those standards, with some cracking goals and brilliant entertainment to close out the round.
Here’s your wrap of all the action.
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 – 2 Newcastle Jets
The Wanderers and the Jets played out an entertaining encounter at Spotless Stadium on Friday night.
In a massive game for both sides, with a win for either side putting them a win clear of their closest rival, they couldn’t be separated. Oriol Riera scored a brace from the penalty spot, however it was cancelled out by a spectacular curling effort from Dimitri Petratos and a goal of the season contender from Andrew Nabbout.
The draw put the Wanderers four points clear of 7th place Brisbane Roar, while the Jets are now five points clear of third placed Melbourne City.
Wellington Phoenix 2 – 1 Perth Glory
The Wellington Phoenix have won their fourth game of the season, defeating the Glory on Saturday thanks to a 90th minute own goal from Shane Lowry.
Roy Krishna inspired the Phoenix to the win, with his second half substitution sparking the Phoenix into the gear. With the scores level at the break, thanks to strikes from starting XI debutant, Sarpreet Singh and Perth Glory star Diego Castro, a saved penalty from Tando Velaphi ensured the scores remained level.
After Castor’s panenka penalty was saved, Krishna’s diverted shot in the final minutes ensured the Phoenix got the much needed victory.
Wellington still remain on the bottom of the table, but are now on equal on points with 9th placed Central Coast, while Perth’s loss meant they blew an excellent chance to close the gap on the Wanderers to four points.
Adelaide United 2 – 2 Central Coast Mariners
A ten-man Adelaide United side managed to claw back from two goals down to ensure that the points were shared against the Central Coast Mariners.
After Ursan Gulum was dismissed after 18 minutes, the Mariners ensured that they took full advantage of their numerical advantage, quickly racing to a 2-0 lead thanks to a first half strike from Andrew Hoole and an own goal to Ryan Strain.
In what must have been an inspirational half-time speech for the Reds, the home side looked a different team in the second half.
Despite being one-man down, Jordan Elsey managed to peg one back in the 53rd minute, while a 83rd minute strike from George Blackwood leveled the scoring.
An inspirational performance from the Reds, means they’re now undefeated in there past three games whilst the Mariners are now only goal difference ahead of bottom placed Wellington.