More than seven years after making his debut for Sydney FC, Max Burgess finally bagged his first A-League Men’s goal for the club as he helped the Sky Blues down Macarthur in a 3-0 win on Sunday night.
Burgess laid on an assist for Patrick Wood before getting on the end of a Trent Buhagiar delivery to put Steve Corica’s side 2-0 up after half an hour of play.
After spending time in Portugal and Wellington, Burgess had to endure an ugly and drawn-out split from Western.
Burgess returned home to Sydney earlier this year, finally inking a deal with the Sky Blues and the midfielder, whose surges forward were troubling for the Bulls, has begun to make his mark for Corica’s men.
“We brought Maxy in because we knew the quality he had,” Corica said.
“It was just about getting match minutes and game time because last year he was out for most of it.
“He’s getting stronger and stronger. In that season at Western he started to score goals.
“That’s what we want from him and he got his first goal for the club and he should’ve had a second with a header.
“He’s working really hard for the team defensively and with the ball he’s got a lot of quality.”
Sydney’s victory ended the Macarthur’s five-game unbeaten streak, but also resulted in the Sky Blues putting two wins together for the first time this season.
After a slow start to the campaign, Corica’s side are finding their rhythm even allowing for injuries and COVID-19 diagnoses.
They had three positive cases which ruled Bobo and Elvis Kamsoba out of the win over the Bulls, while Adam Le Fondre’s hamstring complaint could keep him sidelined for a while.
The performances of Burgess, Buhagiar and Wood will at least give Corica comfort as he prepares for January when his side will be forced to travel to Victoria three times.
“All three of them, I can’t fault them, when you get goals it’s confidence for me and the team,” he said.
“We’ve got a Cup game in a few days, we’ve got to back up and do it again.
“We had three out with COVID and a couple of injuries too. I don’t see anyone coming back for the game.
“The ones with COVID will be another week or so. Kosta (Barbarouses) will maybe be back the week after, that’s the plan.
“We showed we’ve got good depth in our squad and I thought the boys brought in from the youth team did well.”