Mandurah City’s push for the WA State League title was held up at Hyundai Stadium on Saturday evening when Western Knights forced a 2-2 draw against the Dolphins.
On a heavy pitch, with rain falling both sides found conditions hard to adapt to but it was the visitors who found the back of the net first five minutes before the break when a rare defensive lap let the Knights in on goal.
Lance Louvie superbly equalised three minutes later, leaping to head over the advancing keeper to send the sides into the dressing rooms level at the break.
City applied the pressure for much of a rain-sodden second half only to be denied by some superb goalkeeping before Ged Burke popped up on the left in the 75th minute to give the home side the lead.
Another great save denied City but their lack of goals proved their undoing when Knights found a gap out left to fire home from short range in the 78th minute to level again.
“For the neutral, a great game of football,” president Pete Rowe said.
“But we sensed we lost two points. That said, we’re still top and everything is to play for.”
The reserves lost keeper Straun Herd with a quad injury in their game, forcing defender Simon Bell to go between the sticks. City fought hard to come back from 2-0 down to level the scores only for the visitors to grab late winner with a stunning strike.
The under-18s recorded a fine 2-1 win thanks to goals from Bailey Mullins and Jamie Willman.