Sydney FC, Melbourne Heart play to scoreless draw

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm •  Published: December 2, 2012
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SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart played to a scoreless draw in the A-League on Sunday, extending the Alessandro Del Piero-led team's winless streak to five matches and leaving Sydney in last place in the Australian competition.

New coach Frank Farina watched from the stands, allowing interim coach Steve Corica to maintain control of the club on the field in an attempt to end its four-match losing streak.

Earlier this week, Del Piero said he had never lost even three matches in a row during his 19-year career with Serie A powerhouse Juventus, and felt Sydney would turn around the season soon.

Del Piero, who was substituted in the 70th minute after tweaking his troublesome right hamstring, will be sent for scans on Tuesday.

"I think it's more tight, cramping sort of, in the hamstring so we'll have to wait and see from Tuesday onwards, see how the MRI looks and go from there," Corica said.

In the other Sunday match, Jeremy Brockie's goal in the 22nd minute gave the Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

In earlier ninth-round play, Central Coast's Nick Montgomery scored the winner with 14 minutes remaining to allow the Mariners to take over first place with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United. It was the Mariners' fourth consecutive home win.

Adelaide had led 1-0 from Bruce Djite's goal before Josh Rose blasted a left-foot shot past rookie Reds goalkeeper Paul Izzo just before halftime.

Mariners coach Graham Arnold paid credit to his side's comeback abilities for the win which moved the Mariners a point ahead of Adelaide, with the Victory four points behind.

"You go down 1-0 against the run of play in tough conditions, against an in-form side, and come away with the win — that just shows the character of the side," he said.