Australia Cup win can galvanise Bulls heading into new A-League Men season

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An early piece of silverware is exactly what Macarthur FC need heading into the 2022/23 A-League Men season in less than a week.

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A 2-0 victory over Sydney United on Saturday night at CommBank Stadium has given the side a sturdy platform to go into the new ALM season with.

Winning the 2022 Australia Cup is not just a huge boost for the playing squad, but it’s also a landmark occasion for the Bulls as a football club.

Coach Dwight Yorke believed a maiden trophy represented a step towards the goals set by the hierarchy at the southwest Sydney club.

“This was a competition we wanted to go all the way, and we needed to build,” Yorke said.

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“Here we are from a historical point of view, we have won the cup.

“They [the hierarchy] laid out the ambition of the club – wanted to be in and amongst it. They wanted to win things.”

The cup run was a different format from what Yorke has experienced in the past with the domestic cup taking place at the start of the season.

However, the former Sydney FC forward noted it could be just the start his side needed heading into the season.

“You talk about momentum when you play football matches in any competition, any level,” Yorke said.

“I hope that the players will embrace it – embrace the challenge ahead. It’s going to be tough, but that’s what we’re in the business for. We don’t expect it to be easy we become a target now, and the players have to live up to that. We are certainly pushing them to make sure that we continue to get the best from them.”

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The ad hoc schedule for Macarthur in pre-season has meant a run of competitive matches right from the start. Most have been played against semi-professional teams with Yorke praising the intensity of the games, including the final against Sydney United.

“I thought they were incredible tonight. They really put up a good show. We thought it might have been a little bit easier for us,” Yorke explained.

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“It was important because you don’t get to play too many friendlies and it’s a bit scrappy, but these have become real competitive games.

“The further we prolong; the games keep coming. We got better and stronger, and it was all about getting to the final and winning it, and we managed to do that.”

The Bulls will be hoping to get their A-League Men campaign off to the right start on Saturday travelling to take on the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

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