A thrilling seven-goal encounter unfolded in the scorching heat of Campbelltown as the Bulls secured three points, triumphing over local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers.
It was truly the Battle of the West at Campbelltown Sports Stadium after the Bulls defeated local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in a scorcher of a match. The first half saw all of the action, starting with the Frenchman Valere Germain being the first to open the scoring for the Bulls after successfully converting a penalty in the 18th minute. Just two minutes later, the Wanderers managed to equalise and added a second goal in the 28th minute, but this did not deter the Bulls.
The Bulls’ equaliser, in the 30th minute, came in the form of Raphael Borges Rodrigues, who skillfully slipped through the Wanderers’ defense, sending keeper Daniel Margush the wrong way and slotting the ball into the net. The Wanderers fought back, scoring in the 42nd minute but the Bulls were determined to keep it even going into the break. In the third minute of injury time, Valere Germain executed a perfect header, securing his second goal of the night.
The second half commenced at a slower pace for the Bulls, but their determination to break the deadlock and secure three points remained evident. In the 51st minute, the Wanderers were reduced to 10 men as Thomas Beadling received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Bulls Captain Ulises Davila. Substitutions followed, with Jake Hollman, Yianni Nicolaou, Bernardo Oliveira, and Lachlan Rose entering the game for Kearyn Baccus, Kealey Adamson, Raphael Borgess Rodrigues, and Jed Drew, respectively.
The Bulls persisted in their fight throughout the second half, culminating in breaking the deadlock in the third minute of injury time. Ivan Vujica delivered a perfect cross to Valere Germain, who headed the ball towards the goal. Although Wanderers’ keeper Lawrence Thomas almost cleared it, the ball barely crossed the line. With this goal, Germain secured his first hat-trick in the A-Leagues and three crucial points for the Bulls.
The match ended in a 4 – 3 victory for the Bulls, coming out on top against rivals Western Sydney Wanderers and securing another three points.
Want to see the Bulls play live? The Bulls are back in action at home on Tuesday 13th of February, 2024 at 6:00pm, for the AFC Cup Zonal Semi Finals against Malaysian team Sabah FC at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Full season-ticketed members will be granted entry to this game exclusively. Tickets are now on sale, so remember to secure your seat today!