Macarthur FC shine in first trial game at home stadium

It was a vocal day at Campbelltown Sports Stadium at the weekend for Macarthur FC's first home trial.

The fledgling team played just their second ever trial match on Saturday, and the first at their home stadium in Leumeah.

The event, which was preceded by a fan day, saw the Bulls take on representatives from the Macarthur Football Association and Bankstown District Amateur Football Association in respective halves of football.

And it was a victorious day out for the A-League club, registering a two-nil win, with both goals coming from the first half.

Westfields Sports High School graduate Moudi Najjar - on loan to the Bulls from Melbourne City for the 2020/21 season - scored one of the goals, while trialling player Lochlin Rose picked up the other.

Macarthur FC chairman Gino Marra said it was a fantastic day out at Leumeah.

"It was great to see so many of our members come out to support the team for the first time at Campbelltown Stadium," he said.

"I'd like to thank our members for their support and look forward to seeing them grow with the club.

"The buzz is really starting to build as we get set for the upcoming A-League season.

"I'd like to thank and acknowledge our two association partners, Bankstown and Macarthur, for being part of the day.

"It was a fantastic display of the community coming together to celebrate football in the area."

Many excited fans donned the club's inaugural jerseys to cheer on the players from the stands.

A host of the club's biggest names were also involve in the match, including inaugural captain Mark Milligan (who also captained the Socceroos), goalkeeper Adam Federici, former Socceroo Ivan Franjic and English recruit Matt Derbyshire.

The trial match came a day after the club announced the signing of Spaniard Benat Etxebarria - known simply as Benat.

The experienced central midfielder becomes the Bulls' third international player, after Derbyshire and Loic Puyo.

The 33-year-old joins Macarthur FC from Athletic Bilbao, where he had played for seven years. Benat has played 251 games with the club in La Liga in the Europa and Champions leagues.

Benat has represented his country on four occasions, bringing a tonne of big-game experience to the young club.

Coach Ante Milicic said the Spaniard would be an enormous boost to the Macarthur FC ranks.

"I'd like to welcome Benat to the club," he said.

"Having played on some of football's greatest stages including the Champions and Europa leagues against some of the biggest names in the world, a player of his calibre does not become available too often. He brings a wealth of experience from the top leagues in Spain and will be extremely beneficial for the younger players in the squad to learn off.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him join our group."

Benat will be able to join his new Bulls teammates after completing 14 days of quarantine.

The 2020/21 A-League season kicks off on December 27. Macarthur FC will play home games out of Campbelltown Stadium and train at Fairfield Showground.

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