Both the Wanderers and the Mariners put an emphasis on denying the opposition space and neither side could find the breakthrough.
The high profile marquee signings of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono have immensely raised the profile of the A-League, but there are also plenty of intriguing coaching appointments and tactical developments to ensure the upcoming new season will be the most exciting yet.
Graham Arnold rejected the overtures of Sydney FC to remain coach of the Central Coast Mariners, much to the club’s delight.
Gary van Egmond’s focus on youth could bode well for his plans to implement a positive, possession style at Newcastle Jets.
Kosmina’s second tenure at Adelaide has seen him attempt to turn the Reds into a more proactive footballing side.
Ian Crook has to find a way to make Sydney attractive again, while getting the best out of marquee signing Alessandro Del Pier.
The biggest managerial move of the A-League off-season saw Ange Postecoglou move home to Melbourne Victory, where his challenge lies in changing the fortunes of the dysfunctional side.