Late drama as Bulls snatch vital victory over Roar

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Macarthur FC claimed the latest of wins to keep their finals hopes alive getting up 3-2 against Brisbane Roar on Sunday afternoon.

After an uneventful opening 10 minutes, Macarthur found the net in the 14th minute. Winger Al Hassan Toure bursting in behind down the left and finding Bachana Arabuli in the box who lashed home a well-struck volley into the right side of the goal.

The Roar nearly responded a couple of minutes later as Stefan Scepovic saw a low effort saved by Bulls’ goalkeeper Filip Kurto. The side went close again half an hour in with Nikola Mileusnic’s curling effort from the edge of the box flying just over the bar.

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Brisbane carried on creating chances and would have been level 10 minutes before halftime if not for a couple of brilliant defensive interventions. Scepovic’s fierce strike from the left of the box was originally tipped onto the woodwork by Kurto before Jonathan Aspropotamitis headed the ball away from the line.

The visitors continued to put their opponents under pressure for the remainder of the half, but they failed to capitalise going into halftime a goal down.

The second period adopted a frantic pace early with both sides almost scoring within a couple of minutes. Brisbane’s Mileusnic’s shot cleared away before Macarthur went straight down the other end as Toure curled one agonisingly wide of the right post.

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Macarthur added some security to their lead in the 67th minute scoring a second goal. Matthew Millar driving into the box from the right and firing an accurate finish into the bottom left corner.

The comfortable scoreline was short-lived for the Bulls as a quickfire double saw Brisbane draw level.

Substitute Jay O’Shea bent a beautiful shot into the top right corner from the edge of the box in the 68th minute to pull a goal back. Then, just a couple of minutes later, the side restored parity courtesy of a superb header from Jez Lofthouse bouncing off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal.

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Scepovic thought he’d won the points for the Roar with a minute of regular time to play – his header cannoning back off the crossbar from point-blank range.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Jordan Courtney-Perkins, who had been a consistent threat down the left for Brisbane, received his marching orders for a second yellow card.

In the dying embers of the match, the Bulls bagged a winning goal through Jake McGing’s bullet header following a left-sided cross.

It was an essential win for Macarthur that pushes them to within three points of sixth-place, while Brisbane sit seven points away from finals football.

Macarthur FC 3 (Bachana Arabuli 14’, Matthew Millar 67’, Jake McGing 90+5’)

Brisbane Roar 2 (Jay O’Shea 78’, Jez Lofthouse 80’)

Stadium: Campbelltown Sports Stadium

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant Referees: Andrej Giev and Greg Taylor

Fourth Official: Hassan Jomaa

Macarthur FC: Filip KURTO (GK), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Tomislav USKOK (C), Daniel DE SILVA (Jerry SKOTADIS 81’), Jake HOLLMAN (Charles M’MOMBWA 60’), Bachana ARABULI (Ali AUGLAH 60’), Kearyn Baccus, Ivan VUJICA, Al Hassan TOURE (Jake MCGING 81’), Matthew MILLAR, Daniel ARZANI (Jason ROMERO 75’)

Unused subs: Nicholas SUMAN (GK), Oliver JONES

Brisbane Roar FC: Jordan HOLMES (GK), Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Thomas ALDRED (C), Rahmat AKBARI (James O’SHEA 46’), Nikola MILEUSNIC (Marcel CANADI 89’), Jez LOFTHOUSE (Louis ZABALA 89’), Taras GOMULKA (Scott NEVILLE 77’), Henry HORE, Jack HINGERT (Carlo ARMIENTO 65’), Stefan SCEPOVIC, Kai TREWIN

Unused subs: Noah SMITH, Macklin FREKE (GK)

Feature image credit: Macarthur FC

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Timothy Gibson
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