Star striker Jamie Maclaren’s report goal-scoring run ended as his annoyed Melbourne Metropolis facet was held to a 1-1 draw by the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.
Maclaren had scored in each one in all Metropolis’s 10 accomplished A-League matches heading into the competition at CommBank Stadium.
Nonetheless, attempt as he may, the Socceroos marksman couldn’t add to his season tally of 13 objectives on a irritating afternoon for the A-League leaders.
Metropolis had been in full dominance from the opening whistle, with the Wanderers taking a first-half lead towards the run of play within the nineteenth minute by way of Brandon Borrello.
The guests grabbed a deserved equaliser within the 58th minute through elegant Dutchman Richard van der Venne.
Nonetheless, regardless of being in whole management of the competition, Metropolis needed to accept a share of the factors in sizzling circumstances.
“The ten-game (goalscoring) streak’s over now and we’re just a little bit upset as a group that we didn’t come away with three factors,” Maclaren informed Community 10.
“We pushed them proper to the tip. They’re a great group at dwelling so we’ll take quite a lot of positives out of that.”
The match statistics proved how one-sided the sport was.
Metropolis had 31 pictures to the Wanderers’ two, had 13 corners to Western Sydney’s none, and entered the hosts’ penalty space 55 instances in comparison with the house facet’s eight.
Regardless of Metropolis’s dominance, it was the Wanderers who went forward within the nineteenth minute.
Ramy Najjarine was the supplier of the possibility with a superbly weighted cross behind Metropolis’s defence that discovered teammate Borrello.
The previous Brisbane Roar star was capable of get the higher of centre-back Curtis Good earlier than slotting the ball into the nook of the online to attain his third purpose of the season.
The normally lethal Jamie Maclaren didn’t hit the goal with first-half probabilities, whereas his Socceroos teammates Marco Tilio and Mathew Leckie had been additionally wasteful with alternatives within the opening stanza.
Metropolis continued to assault within the second-half, with a Tilio shot hitting the submit within the 53rd minute.
The guests lastly netted their well-deserved equaliser 5 minutes later by way of spectacular import van der Venne.
The 30-year-old midfielder made the Wanderers pay for failing to clear the ball from their penalty space with an aesthetic and left-footed shot that curled into the highest nook of the online.
“It’s unbelievable that we didn’t win the match,” van der Venne stated.
Wanderers coach Marko Rudan praised his facet’s “resolute” defensive effort, however was sad with the 3pm (AEDT) kick-off time of the match.
“For those who anticipate high quality from both group – and I really feel for each units of gamers – at three o’clock in 32 diploma warmth … you’re not going to get it,” Rudan stated.
“One thing must be checked out and stated, as a result of it’s ridiculous to have three o’clock kick-offs.”