ARMADALE denied Sorrento a return to the top of the NPL WA table through a goalless draw at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday.
The hosts hit the bar, post and had one cleared off the line in the second half after a resilient Armadale had a penalty saved and missed chances of its own.
Armadale coach John O’Reilly was frustrated his side did not win the game, but praised the efforts of his improving team.
“It’s hard to walk away feeling too happy when we had a penalty, it didn’t go in and then we end up drawing 0-0,” he said.
“Defensively we’re delighted. We’ve been working hard during the week and it was close to perfect in terms of shape and work-rate, but disappointing we didn’t nick it.”
The visitors could have taken the lead from the penalty spot inside five minutes when Kyle King was fouled in the area, but James Morgan saved the spot kick.
Anthony Skorich lifted over the bar from Billy Quinncroft’s lay-off, before Sorrento’s Sean Canham headed wide in a first half of few chances.
Ryan Pearson curled an effort against the post and Reece Vittiglia blasted one on to the bar from range as Sorrento turned the screw after the break.
Armadale’s best chance in the second half fell to Quinncroft, who was denied by a brilliant follow-up save from Morgan after he spilled the initial shot from distance.
Canham and Steve McDonald both had headed chances late on for the hosts, which were scrambled to safety as both teams shared the points.