30/05/2024

Macarthur FC's Matt Jurman and Sydney FC's Anthony Caceres at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo Credit: Poletti/The Inner Sanctum

With a finals spot locked up for both teams, there are still three valuable points on the line on Saturday night.

Both Sydney FC (4th) and Macarthur FC (5th) are tied on 38 points, with the Sky Blues holding the first tie-breaker with 11 wins, and with just two games to play, a win would put the victor in the driver’s seat for a home elimination final.

Macarthur’s Matt Jurman said that it is a very important game as the side looks for a good finish to the season.

“We’ve come here with the right mentality and we need to go out and play our best. We want to go on and win something. We’re not just happy to be in the finals and make the numbers up. 

“We want to go into the finals with confidence and that starts with these last two games against quality opposition.

“It’s very important [to lock up a home final]. We want to play at home and in front of our fans every game. To have the first week of the finals at home in front of our crowd, it’s very important.

“We need to come out with the right mindset, the right mentality, and make sure that the game plan goes ahead how we want it to be.”

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Sydney FC’s Anthony Caceres said that he expects a strong traveling contingent to support his side.

“It’s an exciting game and an exciting venue to come play at. I’m sure our fans will rock up and make a lot of noise. 

“It’s a great chance to build on the great performance that we put in last week. [We’re] very pleased with how we finished that game with a great victory. [It’s] one that will live in the memory.

“Now we’ve got to continue to build come finals time.”

Caceres also said when asked that coach Ufuk Talay’s goal out of the game is the same as it is every week.

“The performance comes first. The results will hopefully reflect a good performance and it’s just about doing our jobs on the day.

“We know that if we stick to the structures and stick to the collective mentality that we have, things will hopefully go our way and it will be no different on Saturday.”

Macarthur FC’s Matt Jurman, Sony Foundation Australia General Manager Sarah Potts, and Sydney FC’s Anthony Caceres at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo Credit: Poletti/The Inner Sanctum

The fixture marks the first annual Charity Cup match between the two sides, with funds being raised for Sony Foundation Australia. 

Sony Foundation CEO Sophie Ryan expressed gratitude to Macarthur FC for continuing to support the foundation.

“To have a team like Macarthur FC wear jerseys in support of children with disability is incredibly powerful. These players are heroes for our young children, and ambassadors in our community for an inclusive society,” Ryan said.

“We know the fans of Macarthur FC will bid generously to win a limited-edition jersey worn by their favourite Bulls players, and in turn, can feel part of greater social impact knowing these funds will provide a holiday of a lifetime for a child with disability in their community.”

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