Dávila a diamond in the rough in narrow Macarthur win

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Campbelltown Stadium groaned as an opening period of flavourless football between Macarthur and Brisbane Roar crept to its conclusion on Friday night.

The dearth of both quality and personality sharpening the cold rather than distracting from it.

“They barely had a shot on goal in the first half, but then there’s that one moment of quality. A player of that quality can do that for Macarthur at any time,” said Roar head coach Warren Moon post-match.

“We don’t have Dávila, they do. That’s the difference. He’s one of the best in the league.”

In a game that so desperately needed a spark, Macarthur’s leading goalscorer delivered it once again.

When questioned about his approach at half-time, Moon said, “Apart from bringing Dávila into our changing room, swapping his shirt and putting him on our side, there’s not much else I can do.”

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Flashes of flair from their new skipper whet the appetite of Bulls fans in the opening three rounds of the season. Before an ugly challenge from Central Coast Mariners’ Jacob Farrell forced the Mexican onto the sidelines for just shy of two months.

Macarthur head coach, Ante Milicic was asked to comment on Moon’s praise of his captain.

“He’s a special player,” he said, taking a moment before responding as though sifting through a booklet of superlatives all equally fit for use.

“He makes a difference and that’s why we were all so determined to bring him to our football club. He’s our captain, our leader. He showed his quality tonight.”

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Dávila has shown his quality on more nights than just this one. And in more ways than just scoring goals.

At the same time as leading Macarthur’s squad in goals scored, he has claimed two assists. He is the most fouled player not only at his club, but throughout the entire league, being fouled 65 times. An impressive 21 times more than the player in second place, Farrell, the 19-year-old, who injured him back in round three.

In a statistic telling of the grit that accompanies the class, the attacking midfielder has the second-most successful tackles in the Bulls’ squad. Bettered only by centre-back, Aleksandar Šušnjar.

“It doesn’t surprise me when when opposition coaches speak so highly of him,” said Milicic.

Dávila’s heroics snatched a victory that propels Macarthur back into the finals places. With their talisman back to full fitness as he records a trio of 90-minute performances, the Bulls can chase the teams above them rather than flee from those below.

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Macarthur will journey to Tasmania for the second time this season to face second-placed Western United on Tuesday.

Statistics sourced from Ultimate A-League and FBref

Feature Image Credit: Macarthur FC

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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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