Bulls end the season with draw against rivals  

Macarthur FC’s 2021/2022 A-League season ends in a 1-1 draw against their rivals Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown Stadium.  

The Wanderers took the lead in 10 minutes after a goal from Jarrod Carluccio after poor defending from James Meredith. The Bulls had several chances to get the equaliser in the first half, but they struggled to find the end product. 

The Bulls eventually got their equaliser after a VAR decision awarded the home side a penalty which Tomi Juric converted. Macarthur feared they would end the season in defeat after The Wanderers scored late in the game, but VAR overruled it.   

Key Moments

2’| Ulises Davila attempted an ambitious chip inside the box to beat the keeper, but it went wide.

10’| Goal for Western Sydney Wanderers. A poor clearance from Meredith gives Carluccio a header towards the goal. 

14’| Filip Kurto makes a great diving save to deny Bernie Ibini’s curling shot from outside the box.

16’| Meredith’s header from close range is comfortably saved by Tomas Mejias following a free-kick.

21’| Jake McGing found himself in a scoring position; however, he miss-timed the shot, and the ball went out for a goal kick.

38’| Alessandro Lopane wanted to increase The Wanderers’ lead by attempting a long shot, which Kurto saved comfortably.

41’| Meredith is presented with a golden opportunity in front of goal to put The Bulls level. Still, the shot lacked power, and Mejias saved it.

45’| The Bulls had a chance to end the half with an equaliser when Al Hassan Toure went for a curling shot but missed the target.

51’| Mejias is forced to make a save after Charles M’Mombwa makes a cross-shot towards the goal.

52’| PENALTY FOR THE BULLS! VAR reviews Mark Natta’s challenge on Tomi Juric, and the referee awards a penalty.

55’| GOAL FOR THE BULLS! Juric converts from the spot after slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.

70’| Kurto makes an outstanding save after a shot from outside the box by Tomer Hemed.

87’| The Wanderers believe they scored the winning goal, but VAR overruled the decision.

90+5’| Kurto produces a brilliant save to keep The Bulls on level terms.

Macarthur FC: 1 (Juric 55’ (P))

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Carluccio 10’)

Macarthur FC: 12. KURTO Filip (GK), 2. MCGING Jake, 4. MEREDITH James (9. JURIC Tomi), 7. DESILVA Daniel (11. OAR Tommy 68’), 8. MUTCH Jordan 10. DAVILA Ulises (C), 15. SUSNJAR Aleksandar, 20. USKOK Tomislav, 23. MARIAPPA Adrian, 24. M’MOMBWA Charles (31. ROSE Lachy 68’), 35. TOURE Al Hassan (99. GIANNOU Apostolos 77’)

Substitutes: 1. SUMAN Nicholas (GK)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. MEJIAS Tomas (GK), 2. GORDON Zygmunt (C), 6. MOURDOUKOUTAS Tass, 9. IBINI Bernie (10. HEMED Tomer 58’), 13. RUSSELL Tate (7. NAJJARINE Ramy 58’), 22. KOUTROUMBIS John, 23. PETRATOS Dimitrios, 29. ANTONIS Terry (8. UGARKOVIC Steven 32’), 32. CARLUCCIO Jarrod, 33. NATTA Mark, 36. LOPANE Alessandro (11. OGAWA Keijiro 58’)

Substitutes: 1. MARGUSH Daniel (GK), 3. TRAORE Adama, 45. BONETIG Alexander

Venue: Campbelltown Stadium

Referee: Casey Reibelt                       

Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher and Adam Powers

Fourth Official: Ben Abraham