Two familiar City names on the scoresheet headlined the Olyroos 2-1 win against Macarthur FC.
It was a much more confident and composed start from the Olyroos than their most recent fixture against Sydney FC.
They had the better of the first half and controlled possession but despite this, were unable to generate any big scoring chances.
Macarthur was on the scoresheet first through Lachlan Rose in the 68th minute, before City’s Connor Metcalfe and Ramy Najjarine (loaned to Newcastle for this season) scored two goals in two minutes.
It was a quiet first half for the Olyroos captain which saw him called into action just once, making a comfortable save from a powerful Michael Ruhs attempt. He was beaten by a Lachlan Rose strike in the 68th minute but otherwise, didn’t put a foot wrong.
Started the game brightly and showed his usual eagerness to get forward while still doing his job defensively. He was one of three substituted at half time as Graham Arnold looked to rotate his squad.
Was promoted to the starting XI after impressing off the bench against Sydney. He continued this on with another strong performance which helped his team control the midfield. O’Neill also played a full 90 minutes and looks to be in great shape less than six weeks out from the A-League season commencing.
Like his City teammate, Metcalfe was also promoted to the starting XI and ran out the full 90 minutes with no issues. His 79th minute strike was the highlight of the match, cutting onto his left foot and slamming home a quality finish from outside the box which left the Bulls keeper no chance.
Ramy Najjarine (loaned to Newcastle Jets for 2020/21 season)
Najjarine was substituted on in the 63rd minute and didn’t waste any time getting into the action, providing a spark off the bench. He too found himself also on the scoresheet, tapping in a scuffed Macarthur back pass which ultimately proved to be the winner.