The South West Phoenix secured a gripping 1-1 draw against title hopefuls Kingsley Westside FC on Saturday at a blustery Onside Sports Stadium. Despite currently parked at the bottom half of the State league division 2 table, Nick Carter’s men built on their recent transformation of fortunes to come within inches of knocking off another genuine contender. Riding high on the back of their 4-3 away win over league leaders Carramar Shamrock Rovers a week earlier, the Phoenix entered the clash in good spirits prior to kickoff — although the visitors quickly put these positive emotions on ice. After dominating possession and forcing the Phoenix defenders to guard the 18-yard box with their lives, Kingsley Westside broke their resistance in the ninth minute through Luke Coltman. Some quick-thinking from the visitors resulted in a clever ball being pierced through to the fringes of the six-yard box, with Coltman defty curling his shot into the bottom left-hand corner on the net. Such was the sheer power of Coltman’s strike, Phoenix ‘keeper Jamie Oakey — or any goalkeeper for that matter — would have been powerless to stop it. The game’s turning point came in the shadows of half-time, when Kingsley Westside skipper Adam O’Neill squandered a golden chance to put his side 2-0 up and effectively out of sight. With the goal at his mercy, O’Neill fluffed his lines and skewed his header from five metres out off target. This appeared to lift the Phoenix, who burst out of the traps in the second half, with slick youngster Charlie Betts leaving the visiting defenders wishing they had stayed in Perth. With the home side turning the screws in the second half in a bid to secure a point, Corey Barclay popped up at the near post in the 73rd minute, and steered his piercing header off a corner into the roof of the net. Despite Carter heartily urging his side on from the touchline, the Phoenix were unable to find a winner, however another determined display against a title contender could well be enough to ensure they achieve a strong finish on the league table.