Wanderers, Wellington miss out on ALW win

January 02, 2023 12:16 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
Follow us on Google News:
Image source: AAPNEWS

Basement duo Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney have played out an unfulfilling 1-1 draw, making both teams wait for their first win of the A-League Women season.

Sheridan Gallagher's second-half strike cancelled out Michaela Robertson's goal in the opening period at Sky Stadium on Monday.

Both sides came into the clash with five losses from their first five games, making this a rich opportunity for the underperforming pair.

Neither grasped their chance, though both at least now have their first point.

The Wanderers - without new international striker Sarina Bolden - started sharper, and might have gone ahead from two strong early chances.

A loose touch from Phoenix goalkeeper Brianna Edwards allowed Cushla Rue to race onto the ball at the top of the box on 13 minutes.

As Edwards scrambled to recover possession, the former Wellington attacker stroked her effort wide of the empty net.

Five minutes later, Gallagher won a battle of strength with Marisa van der Meer to run clear on goal, only to lose her focus and the chance.

Danika Matos' long-range effort drew a superb one-handed save from Edwards, and it looked only a matter of time before the Wanderers would take the lead.

But against the run of play, it was Wellington who broke through at a broken-down corner.

Grace Wisnewski rose highest to head a punched clearance back into the hot spot, and Robertson was on hand to poke home when the ball clattered down from the crossbar.

The goal from Wellington's diminutive forward - who stands at just 1.47m - was the first time the hapless Phoenix have led all season.

It was not to last.

On the hour mark, Amy Harrison picked up a loose ball to thread a pass for Gallagher through Wellington's defence, and the striker duly finished.

Both sides had chances to win it at the death.

Wellington substitute Charlotte Lancaster mistimed her header in the 89th minute from Ava Pritchard's superb cross, before Edwards pushed away Bethany Gordon's bouncing effort with just seconds to go in added time.

The draw leaves the sides stranded at the foot of the table, four points adrift of ninth-placed Perth Glory and 11 shy of Melbourne Victory in fourth, the cut-off for finals football.


The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.

Top ASX Listed Companies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK