Men’s Match Report | Late Drama Sees Points Shared

A 95th-minute equaliser sees our boys in blue walk away with a point to remain undefeated.

Match Report

Both sides looked to get off the mark quickly in what was a thrilling back-and-forth contest.

In the 6th minute, Macarthur’s Jed Drew unleashed a powerful right-footed shot from the left side of the box, only to be denied by an excellent save from Paul Izzo.

The breakthrough for Macarthur came in the 12th minute when Matthew Millar found the back of the net with a precise right-footed shot from the centre of the box, beating Izzo in the bottom left corner.

Looking to strike back immediately, Fornaroli continued to be a threat, with a left-footed shot from the left side of the box in the 22nd minute, narrowly missing the target.

Despite a myriad of attacking efforts, Macarthur’s defence held firm.

Damien Da Silva and Roderick Miranda had their chances with headers from set-pieces, but they couldn’t find the mark.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 24: Zinédine Machach of Melbourne Victory controls the ball during the A-League Men round five match between Macarthur FC and Melbourne Victory at Campbelltown Stadium, on November 24, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Despite sustained pressure, Macarthur’s defence held firm, blocking attempts from Bruno Fornaroli and Jake Brimmer. The 60th minute saw Fornaroli’s left-footed shot from the centre of the box blocked, while Brimmer’s attempt from outside the box in the 61st minute sailed just a bit too high.

A pivotal moment in the match occurred in the 62nd minute when Adama Traoré received his second yellow card, reducing Tony Popovic’s side to ten men.

A stunning goal-line clearance from Damien Da Silva in the 79th minute ensured Macarthur weren’t able to double their lead and give Victory every chance possible to equalise.

As the clock ticked down, Macarthur seemed poised to secure the win, but our boys in blue had other plans. In the 95th minute, a stroke of luck favoured Victory as Yianni Nicolaou scored an own goal after Bruno Fornaroli weaved his was into the box, levelling the score at 1-1.

The final whistle blew shortly after, concluding a thrilling contest that saw Melbourne Victory salvage a valuable point.

Next Match

Isuzu UTE A-League | Round 6
Central Coast v Melbourne Victory
Date: Sunday 3 December
Time: 3pm (AEDT)
Location: Industree Group Stadium, Gosford