The Bulls seal their first victory of the season against Sydney FC

Macarthur FC has claimed their first win of the Isuzu UTE A-League season with a strong performance after defeating their rivals, Sydney FC, at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. 

The Bulls put on a brilliant defensive display to frustrate the home side, and our golden boy, Lachie Rose, scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the first half. 

Key Moments

3’| Moudi Najjar received a cross from Craig Noone inside the box, but Najjar’s volley went over the bar from a difficult angle.

5’| The Sky Blues had their first shot on target by Adam Le Fondre; however, Filip Kurto made an easy save.

16’| Noone tried the spectacular by shooting from almost the halfway line after seeing Andrew Redmayne off his line. However, it did not trouble the goalkeeper after comfortably saving it.

17’| GOAL FOR THE BULLS! Lachie Rose puts the Bulls in front by tapping the ball in the net. Ulises Dávila did well to produce a pass in the box which led to an opportunity for Daniel De Silva to make the assist.

23’| Tommy Oar took a firm strike from outside the box after Rose’s assist, but it missed the target. 

26’| POTENTIAL PENALTY! Ninkovic brings Noone down in the box after the Serbian international had his left foot hanging. 

27’| VAR: NO PENALTY! The controversial decision goes against the Bulls, and the score remains 0-1.

32’| Sydney had a close chance to equalise after a cross from Trent Buhagiar forced an awkward save by Kurto.

37’| De Silva crossed the ball into the box, which Rose then headed from a tight angle; however, Redmayne caught it comfortably.  

42’| The Bulls continued to frustrate Sydney, which forced Anthony Caceres to take a long-range shot, but it went well wide from the target.

44’| CLOSE CHANCE! Rose took on some defenders from the left-hand flank with some brilliant footwork before striking the ball inside the box, which Redmayne blocked.  

52’| Aleksandar Jovanović had a strike on target after a frustrating moment where the box was overly crowded, but the shot went straight to the keeper.

53’| The Bulls had another opportunity to increase their lead after Charles M’Mombwa’s shot from outside the box went wide.

55’| Sydney’s Joel King had a shot from outside the box, assisted by Buhagia; however, the Kurto made the save.

Bulls coach Ante Milicic said: “I thought we defended well throughout the game.

“We looked decent on the counter, probably could have taken advantage of a few more situations, but in the end I was really pleased with the effort that the boys put in collectively.

“We go home delighted with three points and a clean sheet, more importantly for us.” said Milicic.


Sydney FC: 0

Macarthur FC: 1 (Rose 17’)

Sydney FC: 1. REDMAYNE Andrew (GK), 3. WARLAND Benjamin, 4. WILKINSON Alexander (C), 8. RETRE Paulo (28. NIEUWENHOF Calem 57’), 10. NINKOVIC Milos (22. BURGESS Max 80’), 12. BUHAGIAR Trent (33. WOOD Patrick 57’), 14. LE FONDRE Adam, 16. KING Joel, 17. CACERES Anthony, 23. GRANT Rhyan, 27. KAMSOBA Elvis                   

Substitutes: 20. HEWARD-BELLE Thomas (GK), 21. VAN DER SAAG Harry, 32. YAZBEK Patrick, 35. MCGING Liam

Macarthur FC: 12. KURTO Filip (GK), 6. JOVANOVIĆ Aleksandar, 7. DE SILVA Daniel (21. HOLLMAN Jake 86’), 10. DÁVILA Ulises (C), 11. OAR Thomas (22. ROSE Liam 66’), 14. NAJJAR Moudi, 15. ŠUŠNJAR Aleksandar (4. MEREDITH James 72’), 17. NOONE Craig, 20. USKOK Tomislav, 24. M’MOMBWA, 31. ROSE Lachlan (9. JURIĆ Tomi 72’)

Substitutes: 1. SUMAN Nicholas (GK), 29. MARTIS Antonis, 35. TOURE Al Hassan

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Stephen Lucas                      

Assistant referees: Grey Taylor and Adam Powers

Fourth Official: Sam Kelly