A pair of Chris Bale penalties rescued Team Wellington on Sunday in the ASB Premiership as the capital side drew 2-2 with Canterbury United at David Farrington Park.
After what appeared to be an 87th minute winner from the head of Canterbury United defender Dan Terris, Bale converted his second penalty of the game four minutes into stoppage time to dramatically salvage a point for the hosts in the clash of two sides in the thick of the chase for the top four.
When Terris headed home from a Canterbury corner with only three minutes of regulation time remaining, Canterbury coach Willy Gerdsen must have felt his side were about to be joint-leaders of the competition.
But when Juan Chang was ruled to have handled in the area and sent off in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Bale stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty to equalise moments before the final whistle.
Earlier, Angus Kilkolly opened the scoring for the visitors just after the half hour mark, slotting the ball past Team Wellington goalkeeper Scott Basalaj on the end of a swift Canterbury United counter attack starting in their own half.
The hosts pulled level in the 66th minute after Canterbury United goalkeeper Coey Turipa hauled down Team Wellington’s Andy Bevin and Chris Bale dispatched the spot kick for 1-1.
The result sees Canterbury United stay in third place while Team Wellington are just two points behind in fifth spot on goal difference.
ASB Premiership 2015-16 – Round 9
Sunday 24 January
Team Wellington 2-2 Canterbury United (half: 0-1)
TW: Chris Bale (pen) 66’, 90+4’
CU: Angus Kilkolly 32’, Dan Terris 87’