Sydney United vs. Macarthur score, result and highlights as Bulls win Australia Cup final

Macarthur have defeated Sydney United 2-0 in the 2022 Australia Cup final on Saturday night.

A vocal crowd of over 16,000 fans turned up at CommBank Stadium as a team outside of the A-Leagues appeared in the decider for the first time. 

While Sydney United boasted greater support off the pitch, it was Macarthur who dominated from the outset with Daniel Arzani causing headaches in the first minute. 

Macarthur captain Ulises Davila won his side a penalty after half-an-hour with Al Hassan Toure stepping up to clinically convert from the spot.

Sydney United started strongly after half-time but struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances. 

Macarthur were having no such issues in the final third with Lachie Rose striking the crossbar with a header after 54 minutes. 

The Bulls then wrapped up the contest in the dying minutes with Craig Noone winning a penalty and Davila making no mistake from the spot. 

Macarthur’s 2-0 win handing the club their first piece of silverware and ensuring a perfect start to Dwight Yorke’s tenure as coach. 

Bulls captain Davila tragically lost his wife this year with his teammates quick to dedicate the title to their skipper.

The Sporting News followed the match live and provided live score updates, commentary below.

MORE: Wayne Bennett’s surprise Australia Cup phone call 

Sydney United vs. Macarthur score

  1H 2H Final
Sydney United 0 0 0
Macarthur 1 1 2


Sydney United vs. Macarthur updates, highlights from Australia Cup final

Full-time: Sydney United 0-2 Macarthur

90th min: GOAL! Davila makes no mistake from the spot. Macarthur lead 2-0 with only injury-time to come. 

89th min: Macarthur win another penalty for a foul on Noone. This could be game over for Sydney United. 

88 min: Noone fires an effort straight at Nizic with Macarthur well in control of this one with time on their side. 

83 min: Carter forces a fine save from Nizic as Sydney United remain alive in this contest. 

81 min: Trifiro strikes a free-kick from distance but Kurto saves it comfortably. 

75 min: Toure tries his luck from the top of the box but he can’t keep it down. Macarthur really should’ve finished this game off but the door is still open for Sydney United to equalise. 

72 min: Sydney United picking up a bit of steam in attack as they get more desperate in search of an equaliser. 

70 min: An impressive Australia Cup crowd of 16,461 confirmed for tonight’s final.

69 min: Antelmi picked out at the far post but his header doesn’t trouble Kurto in Macarthur’s goal. 

68 min: Sydney United really hanging on here as Macarthur repeatedly try to break down their stubborn defence. 

61 min: Baccus fires a shot high of goal from distance as Macarthur threaten to double their lead. Just moments later Rose puts an effort wide of Sydney United’s goal. 

55 min: Trifiro comes on for Sydney United. He scored the winner against Brisbane Roar in the semi-finals, can he turn the tide tonight? 

54 min: Rose hits the crossbar with a header for Macarthur after a brilliant cross from Davila. 

51 min: De Silva delivers a great cross into the box but Arzani can’t connecy correctly at the back post for Macarthur. 

49 min: A lively start to this second half as Sydney United look for an equaliser by pushing forward. It’s already leaving them stretched elsewhere across the pitch so they need to be careful. 

46 min: We are back underway at CommBank Stadium. 

Half-time: Sydney United 0-1 Macarthur

The Bulls take a deserved lead into the break courtesy of a penalty from Toure. Macarthur dominated the opening 45 minutes with captain Davila winning the penalty and Arzani also impressing on the left flank.

45 min: Sydney United almost create something on the cusp of half-time but Macarthur just manage to clear the danger. 

38 min: Arzani continuing to cause Sydney United headaches with Macarthur looking well in control of this one after that opening goal. 

32 min: GOAL! Toure converts the penalty for Macarthur with a great strike from the spot. Does it front of the Sydney United fans too and celebrates right in front of them with his hands to his ears. 

31 min: Macarthur awarded a penalty after Davila was brought down in the box. No VAR for this match so it won’t be reviewed. Looked clear enough. 

26 min: Macarthur counter dangerously after breaking up a Sydney United attack with Toure winning a free-kick in a good position. 

23 min: Payne fires a free-kick straight into Macarthur’s wall with his follow-up effort also not threatening Kurto in goal. 

19 min: Arzani with a mazy run forward which sees him cross to Toure, who can’t keep his effort down. 

14 min: Arzani with a dangerous run at the top of Sydney United’s box but his shot is well off target. Promising early signs from the youngster hoping to get back into the Socceroos’ squad ahead of the World Cup.

13 min: Nizic does well to save a deflected header following a Macarthur corner. The biggest chance of the game so far. 

11 min: Perkatis with the first real shot for Sydney United but it’s well off target after he slipped as he pulled the trigger. 

9 min: Sydney United really struggling to keep possession, looks like they’re setting up to defend and try to strike on the counter. 

5 min: Toure forces the first save of the night with a powerful effort but it’s straight at Nizic. Sydney United really under the pump so far. 

4 min: A great early chance for Macarthur with Arzani and Davila unable to get their shots on target from inside the box. 

2 min: Arzani tries his luck with the subsequent free-kick but his effort is too high. 

1 min: Macarthur immediately on the front foot as Arzani wins an early foul. Bit of a scuffle in the aftermath with Davila rushing in to to defend his teammate. 

Kickoff: We are underway at CommBank Stadium! 

5 mins until kickoff: Both teams are now out on the pitch with the action not too far away. 

15 mins until kickoff: The rain has finally stopped in Parramatta with clear conditions expected during the final. There’s a bit of wind floating around but otherwise perfect weather for football. 

30 mins until kickoff: Some cracking pre-game scenes as Sydney United supporters take to the streets of Western Sydney. 11,000 tickets were sold as of Friday and no doubt plenty more have been snapped up today. 

45 mins until kickoff: This is what it’s all about tonight – the Australia Cup trophy! Not a bad piece of silverware. 

60 mins until kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the 2022 Australia Cup final between Sydney United and Macarthur. This looms as a historic match as Sydney United look to become the first club outside of the A-Leagues to win the competition and Macarthur look to lift their first ever piece of silverware. 

Sydney United vs. Macarthur lineups

Sydney United (4-3-3): Nizic (GK) – Fragogianni, Perkatis, Vlastelica, Bilic – Agamemnonos, Tomelic, Maia – Roberts, Payne, Kaneko.

Macarthur (4-2-3-1): Kurto (GK) – McGing, Aspropotamitis, Uskok, Vujica – De Silva, Baccus – Toure, Davila, Arzani – Rose. 

How to watch Australia Cup final between Sydney United and Macarthur 

Date Saturday, October 1
Kickoff time 7:45pm AEST
TV channel Channel 10
Streaming 10 Play

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