10-man Stallions salvage vital draw

Battle: James Andrew looks to win the ball on Sunday night. This Saturday (6.30pm), the Stallions play Sutherland at Seymour Shaw Park and United 58 play Mt Druitt at Popondetta Park at 7pm. Pictures: Football NSW

Battle: James Andrew looks to win the ball on Sunday night. This Saturday (6.30pm), the Stallions play Sutherland at Seymour Shaw Park and United 58 play Mt Druitt at Popondetta Park at 7pm. Pictures: Football NSW

Marconi coach Peter Tsekenis said he was "proud" of their 0-0 draw with Sydney United 58 in Sunday's local derby after being reduced to 10-men for more than half the match.

Coming off back-to-back losses, the Stallions kept their finals chances alive with a spirited second half display without in-form Mitch Mallia who was sent off before half-time.

Marconi and United 58 will play their round of 32 FFA Cup games on July 31 against South Hobart (Blundstone Arena) and St George FC (Illinden Sports Centre) | 7.30pm

Marconi and United 58 will play their round of 32 FFA Cup games on July 31 against South Hobart (Blundstone Arena) and St George FC (Illinden Sports Centre) | 7.30pm

"We had a couple of half-chances but it was hard being down a man for over half the game but we dug in and got a result of sorts," Tsekenis said.

For United, it was their third straight week playing a team without their full complement and once again failed to capitalise on their opportunities. The Reds remain in fourth while Marconi are in ninth place.