Coast keeper's brash challenge proves costly in A-League
FOOTBALL: Jerrad Tyson's return to the A-League, after almost three years out of it, has gone pretty well.
He's made some impressive saves for Western Sydney in consecutive 1-1 draws, with heavyweight Melbourne City a week ago and then with Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
But the 27-year-old had a moment to forget in the latter, with his brash challenge in the box.
He started the game well enough, denying Brett Holman with a stirring stop but then was penalised following an overzealous challenge on Jamie Maclaren.
The Roar striker was within the edge of the goal square when Tyson lunged towards the ball and Maclaren's feet.
Maclaren went down, the whistle screeched and the sharp shooter made the most of the spot kick.
"Frustrated to have lost us our clean sheet last night,” he said.
Tyson told AAP after the match he didn't believe he made contact but he'd spoken to Maclaren who said there was contact. Evidently, the referee saw it that way too.
Then on Saturday, he said via social media: "Regardless of my opinion on the call, I gave the ref the option with the hashtag 'harshlessonlearned.'
Tyson has replaced Andre Redmayne in the Wanderers' line-up after the side conceded 13 goals in six outings.
It was a welcome return to the big stage for the patient player, who was a Maroochydore product.
He made one previous A-League outing for the Wanderers almost three years ago before stints at Perth Glory and Sun Pegasus.