Debut point for Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers settled into life in the A-League with a credible 0-0 draw against the Central Coast Mariners tonight.

It was a debut to remember for the 10,458 fans who packed into Parramatta Stadium and braved the cold wet weather.

Supporters were in full voice as the Wanderers started the game strongly by creating plenty of scoring opportunities in the opening half.

The best chance of the half fell to western Sydney junior, Labinot Haliti, who was put through on goal in the 36th minute but was caught in possession by the Mariners defence.

He wasn't put off by the miss though and responded with several troublesome crosses for attacking teammates Mark Bridge and Dino Kresinger.

The trio each had multiple shots on goal but couldn't find a way past Mariners goalkeeper Matt Ryan and the scores remained deadlocked at half-time.

In the second-half the Wanderers resumed where they left off with Mark Bridge testing the goalkeeper early with powerful right foot strike.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic made a double substitution soon after introducing Kwabena Appiah-Kubi and Japanese import Shinji Ono.

Ono was given a warm welcome by the Wanderers crowd and soon had fans on their feet by beating a lunging challenge and threading a clever through ball.

Despite being heavily marked Ono continued to create space and nearly scored in the 66th minute. Central midfield partner Aaron Mooy teed up the marquee man but his shot flew over the crossbar.

Central Coast started to dominate the midfield and nearly made the hosts pay when Bernie Ibini-Isei forced a fine save from Ante Covic.

As the game wound down so did the chances with heavy rain making play difficult.

In extra time the Wanderers had a late penalty shout turned down and Kresinger saw his effort cleared off the line.

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