Folami fires Victory to ALM win over Bulls

December 11, 2022 04:17 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
Follow us on Google News:
Image source: AAPNEWS

A late strike from substitute forward Ben Folami has helped Melbourne Victory grind out a hard-fought 1-0 win over Macarthur FC.

In sapping conditions in front of a crowd of 3,312 at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday, Victory will have left Sydney's south-west feeling they deserved all three points.

The heroics of Macarthur goalkeeper Filip Kurto kept the home outfit in the game and Dwight Yorke's side breathed a sigh of relief when defender Tomislav Uskok was not penalised for a push on Folami in his own box.

But Folami struck with six minutes left to move his side up to fifth on the A-League Men ladder ahead of next week's derby with Melbourne City.

It was Macarthur, however, who began the brighter of the two sides with returning playmaker Ulises Davila causing Victory problems early on.

The Mexican was on the wrong end of some hearty challenges from the Victory midfield but the home side were able to find some opportunities down the right flank with winger Jed Drew.

The teenager had a couple of chances and combined well with Georgian striker Bachana Arabuli, who appeared to give his side the lead in the 26th minute only for his goal to be denied for off-side.

It was a warning shot that woke Victory from their slumber, with their coach Tony Popovic also becoming increasingly animated on the sideline.

Nani and Nick D'Agostino went close to giving the visitors the lead but neither could find the target as both sides trudged off scoreless at the half-time break.

D'Agostino called Kurto into action early in the second half before Davila had an effort cleared off the line by Jason Geria.

Popovic turned to his bench, sending talented forward Folami into the fray with little more than half an hour left and the 23-year-old got straight into the thick of things.

Twice he was played in on goal, Kurto stopping him the first time before a questionable push in the back from Uskok inside the Macarthur box led to some rowdy protests from Victory.

As it turned out, Melbourne didn't need it, with Folami breaking the deadlock after being played in by Nishan Velupillay in the 84th minute and sealing the win.


The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.

Top ASX Listed Companies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK