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87'
J. Hollman
D. Genreau
84'
A. Šušnjar
Yellow Card
82'
S. Colakovski
A. Nabbout
77'
M. Ruhs
Goal
1 - 1
59'
C. Metcalfe
C. Noone
0 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
50% 49%
4
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 7
Total Passes 517 512
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FULL TIME: MACARTHUR FC 1 MELBOURNE CITY 1 - A frenetic and thrilling finish at Campbelltown Stadium however, after 90 minutes, the two sides could not be separated.  On top in general play, Melbourne City looked to be in control when Connor Metcalfe struck just before the hour mark.  However, an error at the back from the visitors let in Michael Ruhs for the equaliser to set up a thrilling finale.  Both sides created late opportunities but ultimately neither side was able to break the deadlock.
90' + 2' A last roll of the dice for Macarthur FC who have won a free kick in a dangerous attacking position after Antonis Martis was taken down from behind by Adrián Luna.
90' + 2' Melbourne City are throwing everything at the Macarthur defence in the final minutes however they will advance no further on this occasion with the flag raised for offside.
90' There will be four minutes of additional time played in this second half.
90' CHANCE! Already with a goal to his name, Metcalfe goes within a whisker of making it a double!  From a standing start, he unleashes a wicked strike that has Federici beaten however the ball slams into the crossbar and stays out.
89' We enter the final two minutes of regulation time with Melbourne City pressing hard in attack to try and find a winner.
J. Hollman
D. Genreau
87' SUBSTITUTION MACARTHUR FC - A final change for the hosts - Jake Hollman will make an appearance as Denis Genreau comes from the field.
A. Šušnjar
Yellow Card
84' YELLOW CARD MACARTHUR FC - Aleksandar Šušnjar becomes the first player to pick up a booking this evening.
S. Colakovski
A. Nabbout
82' SUBSTITUTION MELBOURNE CITY - Suddenly the heat is on the league leaders and they make a change with Stefan Colakovski coming on for Andrew Nabbout.
82' CHANCE! Macarthur FC are finishing with all the momentum as Derbyshire makes the break down the right - he cuts the ball inside looking for Ruhs but there is too much on the cross and the moment passes for the hosts.
F. Berenguer
A. O'Neill
77' SUBSTITUTION MELBOURNE CITY - The second of a double change for Melbourne City will see Aiden O'Neill make way for Florin Berenguer.
M. Tilio
C. Noone
77' SUBSTITUTION MELBOURNE CITY - The visitors, defending a 1-0 lead, swing their first substitution with Craig Noone replaecd by Marco Tilio.
M. Ruhs
Goal
77' GOAL MACARTHUR FC (Michael Ruhs) MACARTHUR FC 1 MELBOURNE CITY 1 - Something from nothing as Macarthur FC draw level!  A horrible mix up at the back from Melbourne City lets in Michael Ruhs - fresh onto the field, he bursts inside the penalty area and rattles the back of the net.
M. Ruhs
L. Puyo
75' SUBSTITUTION MACARTHUR FC - More fresh legs for the hosts with a quarter of an hour to play - Michael Ruhs comes on as Loïc Puyo leaves the pitch.
75' Macarthur FC are appealing for a penalty after Denis Genreau was brought down just inside the area however referee Shaun Evans is having none of it.
73' Things just haven't quite gone Maclaren's way this evening - the league's leading scorer watches on as his shot is saved by Federici but, in any case, the linesman's flag is up.
71' A strong run from Scott Galloway who gets to the edge of the penalty area but the defender is unable to get any power behind the shot and Federici makes a comfortable save.
69' Macarthur FC are let off the hook with Maclaren conceding a free kick for handball but their defence is under the pump as Melbourne City look to turn the screws.
67' Noone looks to deliver from the left but the ball takes a deflection and lobs safely into the arms of Federici.
66' Jamie Maclaren bursts inside the penalty area and fires off his left but Federici makes the save - Melbourne City will have another chance from a free kick with play to come back for a foul in the lead up.
64' Melbourne City have really lifted the tempo in the past few minutes as they look to press home their advantage.
A. Golec
J. Meredith
60' SUBSTITUTION MACARTHUR FC - It's a double change for Macarthur FC with Anthony Golec coming onto the field in place of James Meredith.
A. Martis
C. M'Mombwa
60' SUBSTITUTION MACARTHUR FC - Having fallen behind, the hosts need a spark and they look to the bench with Charles M'Mombwa replaced by Antonis Martis.
C. Noone
Assist
59' An excellent ball from deep on the left from Craig Noone put the ball on a platter for Metcalfe who finished superbly for the opening goal of the match.
C. Metcalfe
Goal
59' GOAL MELBOURNE CITY (Connor Metcalfe) MACARTHUR FC 0 MELBOURNE CITY 1 - The deadlock is broken as Melbourne City finally find a way to unlock the Macarthur FC defence!  A brilliant first time touch from Connor Metcalfe whose sharp volley gives Federici no chance at all.
58' A disappointing result for Macarthur FC from the corner with the ball bouncing safely into the waiting arms of Glover.
54' CHANCE!  Connor Metcalfe runs onto the ball inside the penalty area with just the keeper ahead - his shot is on target however Adam Federici comes up with a brilliant reflex save.
52' Aleksandar Susnjar muscles his way through to get to the cross at the near post but he is unable to beat Glover from the angle.
51' NO GOAL!  Mark Milligan's hands go to his head in despair as he deposits the ball into the back of his own net but, fortunately for the hosts, the linesman's flag is up for offside.
49' Matt Derbyshire lobs a long ball towards goal but there is too much weight on it and Glover is able to snatch it safely from the air.
47' Macarthur FC would be happy with their efforts in the first half and will be confident going into this second half of getting the result this evening - they have won four of their five A-League games when they've gone into half-time at 0-0.
Liam Rose
J. McGing
46' SUBSTITUTION MACARTHUR FC - A pre-meditated substitution for Macarthur FC with Jake McGing to be replaced by Liam Rose.
45' SECOND HALF - Macarthur FC kick off and we are back underway at Campbelltown Stadium!
HALF TIME: MACARTHUR FC 0 MELBOURNE CITY 0 - Referee Shaun Evans blows his whistle to end an absorbing opening 45 minutes!  Defence was the name of the game in the first half with both sides struggling to break through and create any meaningful scoring opportunities.  Lots to look forward to in the second half with the scores locked up at 0-0.
45' We will have one minute of additional time played in this first half.
44' Derbyshire attempts a long pass from hard up against the sideline but the ball is cut off by the Melbourne City defence.
42' Despite his best efforts, Nabbout is unable to keep the ball in play and Macarthur FC have a throw in right on half way.
40' Loïc Puyo clatters into Aiden O'Neill and Melbourne City are awarded a free kick.
38' A weaving run from Aleksandar Susnjar who gets to the by-line and wins Melbourne City a corner.
36' The ball falls for Lachlan Rose who has a crack from just outside the penalty area but his effort clears the crossbar by a considerable margin.
34' Meredith delivers a crisp ball from the left looking for the run of Derbyshire but some good defence from Melbourne City means the pass doesn't quite reach the Macarthur FC striker.
33' Derbyshire almost gets on the end of a long ball however Glover is quickly up off his line and he manages to hack the ball clear.
31' Both defences are right on top at the moment - we have crossed the half hour mark and there has been just one shot on target to date.
30' Meredith hooks the ball towards goal but it floats too close to Tom Glover who plucks the ball from the air.
29' Craig Noone wins the ball in a dangerous position at the edge of the are but he is stripped of the ball after an excellent challenge by Beñat Etxebarria.
26' Macarthur are awarded a free kick and they have a chance to set up from just short of half way.
23' Melbourne City have had 60% of possession so far in this first half but, apart from Jamie Maclaren's chance, they haven't been able to trouble the Macarthur FC defence.
21' A disappointing result for Macarthur FC as Denis Genreau lays the ball off to Lachlan Rose but Curtis Good is in excellent position for the visitors to make the block.
19' CHANCE!  Jamie Maclaren runs onto the ball with just the keeper ahead and looks certain to add to his 19 goal tally this season however the striker has fired wide.
18' Craig Noone's ambitious corner from deep on the left fails to trouble the Macarthur FC defence and it floats over the goal line for a goal kick.
15' WIth five balls into the area, Melbourne City have looked the more dangerous in the opening exchanges - they have an opportunity here with a corner.
13' James Meredith on the burst delivers a dangerous looking ball from the left but Curtis Good is in excellent position to nod the ball to safety.
10' Jamie Maclaren does superbly to control a tricky ball and somehow he manages to get a shot away but the ball bounces wide of the far post.
8' Andrew Nabbout, trying to create something down the right, fires the ball forward however his attempted through ball is cut off by Mark Milligan.
6' CHANCE!  An excellent ball out to the left finds Matt Derbyshire in space but the striker's left footed effort hammers into the woodwork - in any case, the linesman's flag is up for offside.
5' Curtis Good gets on the end of an excellent cross from the left however his header whistles over the crossbar.
3' Craig Noone has a crack from the angle but Adam Federici has the near post well covered and he is able to keep the ball out.
2' Andrew Nabbout takes a few moments to compose himself after being on the receiving end of a solid challenge right in the middle of the field.
1' FIRST HALF - Melbourne City kick off to get us underway in the first half!
Melbourne City (4-3-3): Glover (GK); Jamieson, Good, Stokes, Galloway; Luna, O'Neill, Metcalfe; Noone, Nabbout, Maclaren. Subs: Sutton (GK), Tsubaki, Colakovski, Tilio, Berenguer, Garuccio, Mills.
Macarthur (3-4-2-1): Federici (GK); Susnjar, Milligan, McGing; Meredith, Etxebarria, Genreau, Lachlan Rose; Puyo, M'Mombwa; Derbyshire. Subs: Suman (GK), Golec, Ruhs, Hollman, Martis, Popovic, Liam Rose. 
Let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for this crucial contest.
Clear in top spot with a game in hand, Melbourne City are in white-hot form having recorded eight wins from their past ten matches.  Last week they blew cross-city rivals Melbourne Victory off the park, recording a 7-0 victory with the A-League's top goal scorer, Jamie Maclaren, finding the net five times.
It's been a lean couple of weeks for fifth-placed Macarthur FC who have recorded a draw and two losses from their previous three fixtures.  Last week, they were in a good position at half time to put away the bottom-placed Jets however in the end had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Welcome to Campbelltown Stadium for what is shaping as a season-defining clash between Macarthur FC and Melbourne City.