Mariners held after McBreen miss
A missed penalty from Central Coast Mariners striker Daniel McBreen handed the Wellington Phoenix a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the A-League.
A 17th-minute goal to Matt Simon gave the Mariners the advantage before Kenny Cunningham equalised on the stroke of half-time to finish what was a frustrating half for the hosts on a high.
The visitors found attacking opportunities hard to come by in the second half but were awarded a penalty by referee Matthew Gillett when Trent Sainsbury was fouled by goalkeeper Glen Moss. However, they failed to make the most of it, with McBreen's attempt well wide of the mark as the Phoenix survived with a point.
The draw leaves the Mariners nine points behind leaders the Brisbane Roar, with Wellington still second from bottom.