Queensland hold Adelaide in solid away performance

Queensland Roar have kept their chances of winning the A-League minor premiership alive by holding league leaders Adelaide United to a draw at Hindmarsh Stadium.

In a spirited, scoreless encounter the Roar had the majority of the play along with more shots on goal but could not convert.

The best chance of the game came in the eighth minute when Roar winger Michael Zullo crossed perfectly for Sergio van Dijk who met with his head bu Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic pulled off on of the saves of the season to deny the Dutchman.

Another close call came six minutes before half-time when it seemed young Roar striker Mitch Nichols had a free shot on goal but Adelaide defender Scott Jamieson made a well-timed challenge to thwart the shot.

After half-time the match died down as both sides tried to play at their own tempo but after the 70th minute there was action again.

On 73 minutes Nichols tried his luck from long range but just missed the target having beaten Galekovic.

At the other end, the Reds had their chance to win the game when Jamieson swung a well-weighted cross into the area where skipper Travis Dodd was lurking but Roar keeper Griffin McMaster flew out to get a punch away.

Moments later, midfielder Fabian Barbiero found himself in a goal scoring position but his shot cleared the crossbar.

In the final five minutes both coaches, Queensland’s Frank Farina and Adelaide’s Aurelio Vidmar pulled the changes in a desperate attempt to collect the points but niether could muster the goal required to separate the two sides.

The point sees the Reds go two points clear on top of the table whilst the Roar sit third, a further two points away and keeps the minor title race wide open.

It was the first time a visiting side had kep the Reds goalless in 15 games and Roar midfielder Massimo Murdocca felt the draw was a deserved result.

“It was a tough game, a stalemate in the end, nobody was going anywhere, there were not many chances. We will take a draw,” Murdocca told Fox Sports.

“Adelaide are the benchmark and we knew it would be tough so to come away with a draw is fine for us.

“I thought a draw was a fair result.”

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