Wanderers claw back 3-goal deficit
Hamilton Wanderers fought back from three goals down to secure a point away to the Canterbury Dragons on Sunday.
Rain battered down on the pitch in Canterbury making the conditions tough for the 21 players on the field, but Wanderers started well, with defender Jordan Shaw having a volley go straight at Canterbury keeper Conor Tracey.
It was a wake-up call for Canterbury, who within two minutes had found the back of the net via Stephen Hoyle.
A long ball from Tom Schwarz found Hoyle who made no mistake for his 20th Canterbury career goal.
Schwarz went from provider to scorer 10 minutes later heading home the ball, after Gary Ogilvie had whipped in a pin-point cross.
The first half then became a much more physical affair, with late challenges and fouls coming in before the half time whistle.
At the start of the second half, Canterbury grabbed a third goal, as Stephen Hoyle scored his second from a volleyed attempt.
The game looked to be getting away from Wanderers, while continuing to become a more physical affair, however in the 60th minute the momentum started to turn.
Rhys Ruka found himself on the scoresheet after a shot bounced in front of Conor Tracey before hitting the back of the net.
Just a few minutes later, Martin Bueno found space to work with and slotted home a shot to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes left to play for.
Temperatures finally boiled over after Derek Tieku for Wanderers was sent off for a second yellow card offence, but it was not enough to halt the momentum swing as Wanderers grabbed the equaliser.
Bueno expertly dispatched the free kick to pull Wanderers level with 15 minutes to play, with the drama not finishing there.
With minutes left on the clock Jordan Shaw received a second yellow card and was sent off for Hamilton Wanderers, leaving the away side with nine men. They had done enough for the 3-3 result, and remain in the top four of the ISPS Handa Premiership.
Hamilton Wanderers face off against league leaders Auckland City next weekend, a team they’ve yet to beat in two years in the premiership.
Derek Tieku was sent off for Hamilton Wanderers during the game against Canterbury.