Macarthur 1-1 Wellington Phoenix: Susaeta’s equaliser earns a draw for the hosts against 10-man Phoenix

Markel Susaeta-Macarthur FC

Macarthur scrapped a draw against ten-man Wellington Phoenix.

Macarthur have managed to share points against Wellington Phoenix after picking up a 1-1 draw, with the latter playing with ten men on the field for the final half-hour.

Phoenix showed early intentions and as a result, they got the lead before the half-time whistle, with David Ball being the scorer and McGarry the provider of the assist.

The hosts also had a couple of decent chances in the second half but a taut defence from Phoenix, led by goalkeeper Marinovic, made it difficult for them.

Macarthur gained control from the start of the second half and with Rufer’s dismissal – the decision looked controversial – they started to impose more pressure on Phoenix.

Not long after the red card decision, Macarthur pulled off the equaliser through Markel Susaeta.

Ante Milicic’s side have avoided another set back following last week’s defeat to Central Coast Mariners.

Phoenix are yet to win their first game of this season after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Sydney FC. Now they are ninth in the table and will next face Newcastle Jets.

Phoenix would be disappointed to see off a draw despite taking the lead. The dismissal of Rufer’s, which looks a controversial one, played a big part in the defeat as Macarthur were able to make use of the situation.

David Ball was adjudged the player of the match for scoring his first goal of the season.