It took more than 90 minutes for Macarthur FC to nail the match, but 21 year old Ali Auglah’s composed finish for his first ever A-League goal was worth the wait.
The young star, pictured, celebrated with gusto, including with Bulls fans after the final whistle.
Apart from securing three premiership points for the Bulls, the 1-0 win over Western United on Saturday night at Campbelltown Stadium was notable for a number of other reasons.
The Bulls had not been able to inflict defeat on Western in their last four A-League games, so this was a great way to break that minor hoodoo.
Also, it gave the Bulls the first back-to-back victories since December 2022.
Last week Macarthur FC defeated the Central Coast Mariners 2-1 in round two of the 2023-24 A-League season.
Against Western United, the Bulls dominated the match in the first half, and were unlucky not have pocketed the premiership points after 45 minutes.
Following Saturday’s win, the Bulls have seven points from two wins and a draw so far.
In round four, the Bulls head south to take on Melbourne City this Sunday, November 12, from 3pm at AAMI Park.
But before they do that, coach Mile Sterjovski and his squad will have another AFC assignment to deal with, but least it’s at home.
Macarthur FC host Phnom Penh Crown FC in matchday four of the AFC Cup group stage.
Phnom Penh Crown FC, who are top of the group with three wins from as many outings, defeated the Bulls 3-0 in their first encounter late in October, handing the Aussie side their first defeat so far.
The Bulls will be looking to avenge that defeat, but also bolster their hopes of progressing to the next round of the competition.
Match details: Macarthur FC v Phnom Penh Crown FC.
Thursday, November 9 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Kick-off at 7pm.