Scrappy scoreless stalemate in Sydney

Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix failed to capture anyone's imagination after playing out a scrappy stalemate at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.

After a scrappy first 45 minutes the fare didn’t get much better in the second half as both teams huffed and puffed but failed to land a killer blow.

Phoenix, however, hit the post in the second half courtesy of Alex Rodriguez as did the other Alex, Brosque of Sydney, with a great opportunity late as the game belatedly came to life.

KEY MOMENT

Manny Muscat appeared to have pushed Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque inside the box with 10 to go. It wasn’t given.

And minutes later Alex Brosque should’ve won it as he scooted past Fenton but fired onto the post as the ball ran across the goal-line and was scrambled away. 

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

So many moments of class from Roly Bonevacia. Sublime touches and awareness. One of the league’s finest attacking midfielders.

COACH KILLER

Brosque hit the post in the final 10 minutes. On his trusty left peg it looked like the winner. It wasn't. 

THE FINAL WORD

A disappointing night for the purists with a general lack of excitement but Phoenix will be happier with the point. As for Sydney, it’s now four games winless. They now must prepare to face the Jets next week at home as Phoenix return to New Zealand to meet the might of Victory.

TEAMS:

Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Ryall, Gersbach, Jurman, Dimitrijevic (O’Neill 57’) Smeltz, Ninkovic (Hoole 57’), Brosque, Holosko (Simon 70’), Grant, Tavares

Subs: Anderson, Hoole, O’Neill, Simon, Necevski (GK)

Wellington Phoenix: Moss, Gulley (Powell 56’), Durante, Muscat, Doyle, Riera, Rodriguez, Fenton, Bonevacia (Sarpong 80’), McGlinchey (Lia 87’), Krishna.

Subs: Italiano (GK), Lia, Ridenton, Powell, Sarpong

Scorers: n/a

Red cards:  na/

Yellow cards: 

Sydney FC: Dimitrijevic, O’Neill, Smeltz

Phoenix: Bonevacia, Lia

Conditions:  Humid, Overcast

Attendance: 9253