Ulises Davila was heralded as the league’s best by Bulls coach Dwight Yorke after playing a starring role in Macarthur FC’s commanding 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon.
The Mexican playmaker scored one and set-up another for winger Al Hassan Toure in the hard-fought victory over the Jets at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
“He’s massive. There’s no other way to describe it, he’s the best player in the league by a mile in my opinion,” Yorke said. “He’s not just a wonderful player but a wonderful guy. He’s such a great leader to have and I am so blessed to have such a fantastic footballer.”
After a cagey first 44 minutes, the Bulls pried an opening when Davila’s long-range pass created an opening for Toure. The winger out-manoeuvred his marker to fire an instinctive shot into the far corner to break the deadlock.
The Bulls’ celebrations were cut short a minute later when referee Adam Kersey pointed to the spot when Beka Mikeltadze was fouled by Filip Kurto. However, the Georgian striker missed from the spot, spraying wide of the target.
Six minutes after the restart, the Bulls came within centimetres of doubling their tally. Davila’s glancing header beat Jets’ goalkeeper Jack Duncan but not the upright, bouncing off and onto Duncan, before trickling out of play.
The host’s onslaught continued with Bachana Arabuli’s header flashed narrowly wide of the target on the hour mark, steering a powerful header from Ivan Vujica’s cross ever so close to goal.
Arabuli’s acrobatic attempt shortly after had the fans off their feet with a bicycle kick that came close to hitting the target.
It was only a matter of time before the Bulls doubled their tally with captain Davila leading by example. A clever through ball from Daniel Arzani found Keanu Baccus on the run, whose shot was blocked into the path of Davila. From a half-volley, the Mexican midfielder rattled the back of the net with an emphatic finish that sealed three points for Macarthur FC.
The Bulls move into fourth on the ladder and will have a chance to jump into second spot when they host Central Coast Mariners at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night.
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