Rose strike not enough to claim win in Perth

A fine strike from Lachie Rose wasn’t enough to deliver three points for the Bulls on the road after two late goals from Perth Glory snatched all three points in a 2-1 defeat for Macarthur FC on Saturday night.

The Bulls were on course to claim all three points having dominated the match for over an hour but were unfortunate to leave empty handed after succumbing to two second half goals at Macedonia Park.

In his first start since returning from a broken foot, Rose put the Bulls ahead with a superb solo strike minutes before half time before Adam Taggart and Mark Beevers stole all three points for Perth with two second-half headers.

After a cagey opening half, Rose took matters into his own hands with a solo run, evading two markers before firing into the corner of the net with fierce drive from the edge of the box to break the deadlock in the 43rd minute.

The Bulls were difficult to break down in the second half and stifled Perth’s attack with a disciplined defensive block before Taggart poached an equaliser in the 69th minute.

Five minutes later, Beevers claimed the winner with another header from close range.

The defeat leaves Macarthur three points adrift of the top six but the Bulls still have realistic hopes of making the finals. The South West Sydney club returns home on Saturday April 8 to face rivals Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.