Sydney serve Macarthur their first defeat of the season

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Sydney FC ended Dwight Yorke’s unbeaten run as a manager by downing Macarthur FC 3-2 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday night in a drama-filled match.

The Sky Blues flew out of the blocks and found themselves on the right end of a penalty decision in the 13th minute. Matthew Millar was deemed to have brought down Robert Mak inside the area. Mak took responsibility but saw his penalty saved. However, Wood was quickest to react powering home from close range.

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It was a case of zero to hero for Millar, with the defender nodding home Macarthur’s equaliser following Craig Noone’s deep right-sided freekick just three minutes later.

The left-hand side was proving profitable for Sydney, with Mak looking to get in behind on every occasion. Several of his deliveries were seen flashing across the face of goal without a crucial goalward touch.

Macarthur’s task was made much harder eight minutes before half-time with an extended VAR review seeing Jonathan Aspropotamitis’ yellow card upgraded to a red.

The side did not seem to be deterred by this disadvantage with Noone driving inside in the 42nd minute; his consequent shot requiring Redmayne to tip the ball over the bar.

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The action didn’t stop there with Sydney retaking the lead in first-half stoppage time. Joe Lolley’s original volley produced an exceptional save from Filip Kurto, although the rebound fell into the path of Mak – the winger finding the bottom-left corner from inside the box.

The visitors were in front at the break after an action-packed first period with the Bulls reeling from a couple of decisions that didn’t fall for the side.

Sydney carried on with a strong start to the second period with a Mak shot saved before Lolley dragged one wide of the right post. Macarthur then scrambled the ball off their own goal line just before the hour mark.

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Chances kept trickling through for the Sky Blues with Mak and Lolley constant threats down either flank, and the side eventually found their third goal. Segecic getting on the end of a right-sided cross at the back post to slam the ball into the roof of the net in the 83rd minute.

Anthony Carter set up a nervy final few minutes for Sydney rolling a shot in off the post, but Steve Corcia’s team were able to hold on. Carter would rattle in the crossbar in the final seconds of the game to see a point go begging for the Bulls.

The victory sends Sydney FC into third, and while this was Macarthur’s first defeat of the 2022/23 season, they remain in the top six.

 

Macarthur FC 2 (Matthew Millar 16’, Anthony Carter 87′)

Sydney FC 3 (Patrick Wood 13’, Robert Mak 45+1’, Adrian Segecic 83′)

 

Stadium: Campbelltown Sports Stadium

 

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick and Greg Taylor

Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

 

Macarthur FC: Filip KURTO (GK), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Tomislav USKOK, Ivan VUJICA, Daniel DE SILVA, Jerry SKOTADIS (Jed DREW 46′), Kearyn BACCUS (Jake MCGING 46′), Matthew MILLAR, Craig NOONE (C) (Charles M’MOMBWA 46′), Daniel ARZANI (Al Hassan TOURE 62′), Lachlan ROSE (Anthony CARTER 77′)

Unused subs: Nicholas SUMAN (GK), Rhys YOULLE

 

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Rhyan GRANT, James DONACHIE, Aaron GURD, Diego CABALLO (Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH 87′), Patrick YAZBEK (Paulo Retre 46′), Anthony CACERES (Max BURGESS 87′), Luke BRATTAN (C), Joe LOLLEY, Robert MAK (Jaiden KUCHARSKI 76′), Patrick WOOD (Adrian SEGECIC 65′)

Unused subs: Alex PARSONS, Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK)

 

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

 

 

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