Socceroos Central: Borrello assist, Irvine strike

by Ben Somerford on Aug 12, 2019

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Brandon Borrello and Massimo Luongo made their club debuts while Jackson Irvine scored and Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet on the Premier League opening day.

Brandon Borrello made his competitive return and SC Freiburg debut after a long-term ACL injury in the German DFB Pokal on Saturday.

Borrello missed more than 12 months of football but started and played 111 minutes in Freiburg’s extra-time 1-0 win over Magdeburg.

The Australian also played a part in the winning goal, laying off the assist for Luca Waldschmidt.

In the English Championship on Saturday, Jackson Irvine got on the scoresheet as Hull City won 2-1 over Reading.

Irvine made it 2-0 in the 16th minute, heading in Jarrod Bowen’s cross.

Irvine earned a 7/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail who wrote: “Opened his account for the season with an unstoppable header to make it 2-0, topping off a boisterous effort in midfield.

“Sloppy passing crept into his game for the closing quarter as Reading pushed.”

Massimo Luongo made his Sheffield Wednesday debut as an 80th minute substitute as they won 2-0 over Barnsley.

Luongo joined the Owls from QPR on deadline day for an undisclosed fee.

In the English Premier League on Saturday, Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet as Brighton & Hove Albion won 3-0 away to Watford.

Ryan received a 7/10 rating from the Brighton Argus, who wrote: “Even in a match where he is protected as well as this, there always tends to be chance for a goalkeeper to shine away in the Prem.

“Looked like it was his foot which thwarted Gray at 1-0. Assured.”

New signing Aaron Mooy was an unused sub.

Ryan Edwards put in a full shift and got an assist as Burton Albion won 2-1 at Gillingham in League One.

Lyndon Dykes missed an injury-time penalty and spurned the chance of a winner as Livingston drew 2-2 at St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.

Dykes, who put in a full shift, shot low to Zander Clark’s left but the goalkeeper did well to save the spotkick.

Full games

Jimmy Jeggo, Fran Karacic, Harry Souttar, Mark Milligan, Mitch Langerak, Rashid Mahazi, Adam Taggart
Bailey Wright – ST 72, Oliver Bozanic – SB 73, Ajdin Hrustic – ST 80, James Holland – SB 56, Awer Mabil – ST 86
Unused subs
Adam Federici, Anthony Kalik, Dylan Ryan
Notable absentees
Tom Rogic, Daniel Arzani, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith