Macarthur record first back-to-back wins in three months

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Perth Glory went into their second game in Tasmania coming off a high, following their win off their weekend fixture, but a mid-week fixture against a fly-in fly-out Macarthur FC gave the home side a reality check.

The Bulls created a dominate first half, opening the scoring in the ninth minute after Ulises Dávila caught Apostolos Giannou’s eye.

Only for Aaron Calver to take a heavy touch, allowing Dávila to play the ball off a second chance and make a run-in front of goal, flaking off Josh Rawlins to find the back of the net to send his side up 1-0.

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Liam Reddy held the fort as the Macarthur attack continued with more chances at goal coming from Giannou and Lachlan Rose, yet Perth continued to trail, playing the Bulls’ game.

It was in the 23rd minute where Glory pushed the play to their end, Bruno Fornaroli ran the ball up looking for teammates, but with no options, he took his chances which did not work in his favour.

A one-two between Jack Clisby and Fornaroli allowed Glory’s leading goal scorer to header the ball with hopes of getting an equaliser, but his close shot range flew right into the gloves of Filip Kurto, and the disappointment was all over Fornaroli’s face.

Glory bought out the big guns, their captain O’Neill and Daniel Sturridge, looking for any opportunity to grab an equaliser and bring life to a Macarthur fuelled game.

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A yellow card was awarded to Aleksandar Susnjar in the 49th minute, as he let the ex-Liverpool player know exactly who he was playing against. Minutes later, the Glory skipper was also booked following a tackle which bought Dávila to the ground.

The ‘home team’ began to find their feet in the second half, Sturridge set up in front of goal only to miss a sitter in the 58th minute and moments later walked himself off, after 18 minutes of game time clutching his groin.

Macarthur faced a late plot twist being forced to play with ten men after their key defender Susnjar was given his marching orders following a second yellow.

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In the 92nd minute, a handball call was made against Macarthur, but upon VAR review the original referee decision was overturned to keep the Bulls’ winning streak alive.

Macarthur held onto their 1-0 lead to secure three points in Launceston, allowing the side to record their first back-to-back win in three months.

Perth Glory: 0

Macarthur FC: 1 (DÁVILA 9’)

Venue: UTAS Stadium, Launceston

Referee: Kurt AMS

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Aaron CALVER, Bruno FORNAROLI (C), Andy KEOGH, Nick FITZGERALD (Daniel STURRIDGE 45’) (Pacifique NIYONGABIRE 64’), Jack CLISBY, Callum TIMMINS, Antonee BURKE-GILROY, Josh RAWLINS, Mitchell OXBORROW (Giordano COLLI. 72’), Darryl LACHMAN (Brandon O’NEILL 45’), (Daniel STYNES).

Unused subs: Cameron COOK (GK), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS.

Macarthur FC: Filip KURTO (GK), Adrian MARIAPPA, Aleksandar ŠUŠNJAR, Jake MCGING (Liam ROSE 32’), James MEREDITH (Tomislav USKOK 64’), Charles M’MOMBWA (Jordon MUTCH, 74’), Tommy OAR, Ulises DÁVILA (C), Craig NOONE (Al Hassan TOURE 64’), Lachlan ROSE, Apostolos GIANNOU (Michael RUHS 74’)

Unused subs:  Nick SUMAN (GK), Moudi NAJJAR.

Feature Image credit: Macarthur FC

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Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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