Ten-man Bulls stun Newcastle to stay top of A-League Men, Sydney records first season win
Macarthur FC has pulled off a miraculous victory, fighting back from a goal down with 10 men to beat Newcastle 2-1 to retain top spot on the A-League Men table.
Bulls goalkeeper Filip Kurto receives a red card for taking out Newcastle striker Valentino Yuel
Macarthur scores twice in its come-from-behind win over the Jets to remain the only unbeaten side in the league
Sydney records its first win of the ALM season, defeating Wellington 2-1
Bulls’ goalkeeper Filip Kurto was sent off in the 18th minute of Sunday’s clash at Campbelltown Stadium before Newcastle snatched the lead through Beka Mikeltadze’s wonderful free kick 17 minutes later.
But Macarthur wouldn’t lie down with Danny De Silva equalising with a brilliant volley three minutes after half-time, before teeing up James Meredith to head home the winner in the 84th minute.
Both clubs had the disruption of COVID-19 cases during the week but the game got off to a lively start before being plunged into chaos.
Valentino Yuel burst forward and Kurto came out of his box and went through the in-form striker.
Referee Alex King immediately stopped play to send Kurto off, electing not to play advantage — which left the Jets frustrated as Olivier Boumal had put the ball in the net.
Youngster Nick Suman replaced Kurto in between the sticks and was tested by Daniel Penha and Boumal before Newcastle’s breakthrough came.
After Mikeltadze was pushed in the back, the Georgian stepped up and fizzed a wonderful strike through the diving Suman’s outstretched palm.
Two minutes into the second half, Newcastle spurned a golden opportunity when Yuel just over-hit his attempt to find Boumal at the back post.
A minute later, Macarthur equalised in spectacular fashion.
Craig Noone lifted a cross towards De Silva, who smashed home a brilliant volley.
Macarthur’s winner came late, after Newcastle youngster Sam Silvera gave away a sloppy free kick in a dangerous area.
De Silva looped his free kick towards the back post and Meredith’s bullet header proved unstoppable.
Sydney bounce back with Wellington win
Sydney FC has won its first game of the ALM season, defeating Wellington Phoenix 2-1 to close out round five.
The Sky Blues had stuttered in the opening stages of the season, earning just two points from their first four games.
The former champions have lacked cohesion and energy over the past month, often crumbling under pressure against equally fancied opponents while also struggling to create and convert chances on goal.
However, the Sky Blues rediscovered the spark that has seen them become the most decorated club in the men’s competition, easing past 10th-placed Wellington in Sydney on Sunday evening.
New signing Elvis Kamsoba continued to impress for Sydney, scoring his second goal of the season in the 19th minute after an assisted header from Harry Van Der Saag.
Le Fondre then got on the scoresheet himself just before the hour, finishing off a charging midfield run from Anthony Caceres to make it 2-0.
However, the same instability that has plagued the Sky Blues threatened to torpedo them in the closing stages as Wellington clawed a goal back in the 83rd minute.
Forward Ben Waine just beat Sydney’s offside trap to latch onto a through-ball from substitute Ben Old, slotting beneath Sydney keeper Andrew Redmayne’s legs for 2-1.
Sydney had hoped the VAR would rule the goal out for offside, but after a lengthy delay, it was allowed to stand.
The Phoenix continued pushing into stoppage time, but their surges came to nothing.
Star Sydney midfielder Milos Ninkovic had a final spectacular strike ricochet off the post as the last act of the game as the Sky Blues claimed their first three points of the men’s campaign.