Soccer: Mandurah City keeps top spot following 1-1 with South West Phoenix

Soccer: Mandurah City keeps top spot following 1-1 with South West Phoenix

WILD weather did not dampen the spirits of Mandurah City as it maintained its top of the table position with a 1-1 draw against South West Phoenix on Saturday night.

Mandurah hosted the Phoenix under lights, and looked strong early on, dominating the early stages.

Phoenix were more limited by the swirling winds and sheets of rain, but on 40 minutes they stunned the home crowd, going 1-0 up after a ball that should have been cleared found its way to the striker who made no mistake.

Mandurah went about restoring parity after half time but had to be weary of the Phoenix’s potent counter attacking.

With around 15 minutes to go, a swift play down the left set up Mandurah for an equaliser and Jeff Bright made no mistake, dispatching the ball to the top corner to level the scores.

Minutes later, Jordan Rhodes bobbed up and would have surely sealed the three points if not for an outstanding save from the South West keeper; a save that ultimately earned his side a point on the road.

Head coach Doug Hesketh said his coaching staff was proud of his side’s efforts.

“Mick and I are very proud of the effort displayed and over all happy all things considered South West Phoenix are a good side,” he said.

“We finished the game 1-1, a very well earned point in difficult conditions to stay top.

“I think the supporters enjoyed the game.”