Next Monday night, Macarthur FC will run on to the field at Campbelltown Stadium to host Wellington Phoenix as outright competition leaders.
The Bulls’ brilliant 2-0 win over Sydney FC on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium catapulted them to A-League top spot with 15 points, one more than the team they will play next, Wellington Phoenix.
Wise football commentators will almost certainly remind everyone at Campbelltown that premierships are won after 27 rounds, not seven.
Fair enough, but there’s also noting wrong with celebrating your successes – whenever they come along.
And the Bulls, who are also undefeated with four wins and three draws from their seven games so far, deserve to gloat for a minute or two.
To me their biggest success this season has been their turnaround from a week defensive team to one that’s got a brick wall in front of their excellent goalkeeper, Filip Kurto.
But they are also developing a new style, in which rapid fire counter attacking plays a key role.
It certainly did on Saturday night, against a very slick Sydney FC outfit that had a mountain of possession.
But the Bulls had the patience of a saint and when the first real opportunity came along just before the half hour mark, they pounced on it.
French import Valere Germain got in the clear on the right side of the field but could not put himself in a position to go for goal, so looked back and saw young Jake Hollman steaming through on the other side
Germain crossed the ball across to the winger, who stepped back inside and calmly slammed the ball into the back of the net.
Six minutes before full time, Germain scored to give the Bulls a 2-0 win and the three premiership points, which pushed them up to the top of the ladder.
This was a great victory from a football team that deserves a lot more support than it currently gets, especially at home.
Outer South Western Sydney fans have a chance next Monday night to check out what a special football team coach Mile Sterjovski is building right here in Macarthur.
If that’s not enough, it is a top of the table clash, between first and the team that’s equal second on the ladder.
Macarthur FC v Wellington Phoenix, Monday, December 18, kick off 7pm.