Derbyshire lifts Bulls to 2nd in A-League

English striker Matt Derbyshire's two first-half goals have lifted Macarthur FC to a 2-0 home win over Perth Glory and second on the A-League ladder.

MATT DERBYSHIRE of Rotherham.
MATT DERBYSHIRE of Rotherham. Picture: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

A double from English striker Matt Derbyshire has propelled Macarthur FC to a 2-0 home win over Perth Glory and lifted the Bulls to second on the A-League ladder.

Derbyshire's first-half brace enabled Macarthur to bring up a third successive win for the first time in their history and move two places up the table.

The striker skilfully rounded off a flowing 10th minute team move and then converted Macarthur's first penalty, after Perth debutant Sebastian Langkamp tripped Markel Susaeta.

The Bulls dominated the first A-League game between the two clubs, enjoying the lions share of possession and chances in one of their most complete performances of the season.

Macarthur had 10 attempts to Perth's one in the first half, with Glory struggling to deliver penetrating balls into the penalty area.

Derbyshire moved to outright second in the Golden Boot race and has scored 10 of the Bulls' 19 goals.

He flicked the ball home from close range after Ivan Franjic headed down a cross from Tommy Oar.

Derbyshire confidently put away the penalty, though Perth clearly felt Susaeta had initiated contact and a spot kick shouldn't have been awarded.

It was a similar story In the second half, with Macarthur carving out most of the opportunities.

Loic Puyo blazed a shot over the bar, Franjic had a header cleared off the line by Darryl Lachman and Etxebarria shot straight at Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

Substitute Carlo Armiento added some life to Perth's attack and had one fierce shot stopped by Bulls' goalkeeper Adam Federici.