Dwight Yorke's Macarthur FC secure first Australia Cup win

Just five games into his managerial career Dwight Yorke claimed his first piece of silverware, lifting the Australia Cup after his Macarthur FC side ground out a 2-0 win over Sydney United 58.

A 32nd-minute penalty from Al Hassan Toure and a second spot-kick from Ulises Davila in the closing stages of the second half secured victory for Yorke's team on Saturday.

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The win also brought Macarthur's first trophy since they entered the A-League Men in 2020 and ensures they will take their place in the 2023-24 AFC Cup.

The Bulls had plenty to overcome at Sydney's CommBank Stadium, not least a boisterous crowd of 16,461 which was dominated by United's fans displaying Croatian flags.

Around 3,000 United supporters marched down Parramatta's Victoria Road before the match, with flares and banners generating an electric atmosphere from kick-off.

Part-timers United, who became the first NPL team to reach the cup final, beating ALM sides Brisbane Roar and Western United en route, were buoyed by the backing and were up for the fight.

That filtered through to the pitch when a push-and-shove erupted over United's treatment of Macarthur winger Daniel Arzani.

The six-cap Socceroo was a class above, causing United countless problems down the left flank until being taken off with 15 minutes to go.

A 14th-minute Arzani corner found the head of Jonathan Aspropotamitis and were it not for the reflexes of United goalkeeper Danijel Nizic the Bulls would have taken an early lead.

The Bulls continued to press forward and got their reward when Davila was brought down inside the box following a clumsy challenge from United defender Anthony Tomelic.

Toure converted from the spot and was greeted with projectiles from the United fans as he ran towards their end cupping his ears in celebration.

United pushed forward but could not fashion an equaliser no matter how hard they tried, Chris Payne taking a touch too many when they countered Macarthur.

Striker Patrick Antelmi, who had perhaps the best chance of the night, could only cushion a header into the hands of Bulls goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

The Bulls, who went close through Lachlan Rose in the second half, eventually got their second when substitute Craig Noone was felled in the United box and Davila wrapped up the result in the 90th minute with a well-taken penalty.