Sydney FC silence Macarthur’s night

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The newest Sydney derby has gained some heat this season given their three encounters across the A-League Men and FFA Cup. It was the boys in sky blue that took home the points with a dominant 3-0 display under the lights in Campbelltown.

Sydney FC showed class, confidence and experience as they rolled Macarthur FC to climb to sixth place in the A-League Men.

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After opening moments of domination from the Bulls including a succession of corners, Craig Noone found himself in space just outside of the box, and curled one onto the top of the crossbar. The 34-year-old continued to drift inwards to influence his side’s attacking phases as much as possible.

Just 10 minutes in, Max Burgess was played in behind beautifully by Paulo Retre, and squared in for Patrick Wood to toe in from point-blank range.

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In the next 10-15 minutes the game adopted a more end-to-end feel. Lachlan Rose, who again led the line for Ante Milcic, crossed into the hands of Andrew Redmayne before Patrick Yazbek pulled his shot narrowly wide of the post.

Tommy Oar was deployed as a clear pivot for Macarthur to play through. Stand-in skipper Noone bounced the ball off him in his drives forward, whilst Daniel De Silva and Moudi Najjar’s width left them open for frequent, long switches of play.

Sydney’s attacks were less frequent but far more potent.

Trent Buhagiar reminded spectators of his express pace when he left the Bulls’ backline in the dust, crossing it in for Burgess who had little to do to make it 2-0. It was Burgess’ second goal involvement of the game in his fourth start of the campaign.

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As rain set in over Campbelltown Stadium the visitors understandably assumed a deeper position to protect their 2-0 lead. This left most of the possession and aggression to Macarthur, who stung the gloves of Redmayne a handful of times in the opening 10 minutes after the break.

Buhagiar’s relentless and admirable work throughout the night was rewarded as he scuffed into the corner from inside the box to make it 3-0. If he needed more to include himself in the conversation for player of the match, he had surely just got it.

He would nearly grab another just minutes later, when his shot was deflected narrowly wide of the near post.

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A goalmouth scramble could well have salvaged some consolation for the hosts had De Silva found the final pass, before Wood’s impressive night continued when he had his shot saved by Suman.

Sydney would gift debuts to both Adrian Segecic and Corey Hollman before full-time, such was their dominance in the latter stages, as Macarthur slip out of first place in the league for the first time since round three.

Macarthur FC 0
Sydney FC 3 (Wood 11′, Burgess 29′, Buhagiar 59′)

Campbelltown Stadium
Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick & Andrej Giev
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Macarthur FC: Nicholas ŠUMAN(GK), James MEREDITH(76′), Daniel DE SILVA, Thomas OAR(76′), Moudi NAJJAR, Craig NOONE(c), Tomislav USKOK, Jake HOLLMAN(56′), Adrian MARIAPPA, Charles M’MOMBWA(65′), Lachlan ROSE, Jordon MUTCH(56′), Michael RHUS(65′), Liam ROSE(76′), Aleksandar JOVANOVĆ(76′)
Unused Subs: Jake McGING, Antonis MARTIS, Levi KAYE(GK)

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE(GK), James DONACHIE, Alex WILKINSON(c)(85′), Paulo RETRE, Trent BUHAGIAR(85′), Joel KING, Anthony CÁCERES, Max BURGESS(66′), Rhyan GRANT(75′), Patrick YAZBEK, Patrick WOOD(75′), Harry VAN DER SAAG(66′), Miloš NINKOVIĆ(75′), Adrian SEGECIC(75′), Corey HOLLMAN(85′) Ben WARLAND(85′)
Unused Subs: Tom HEWARD-BELLE(GK), Liam McGING

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Tom Macraehttp://medium.com/@macraetomr23
Communications undergrad at Western Sydney University covering Macarthur FC in the 2021/22 season. Newcastle United. Jack Grealish fangirl.

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