Socceroos Central: Boyle, Ruka & Juric score, Thomas debut

by Ben Somerford on Sep 13, 2020

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Martin Boyle was back in scoring form in Scotland, while Jimmy Jeggo and Lawrence Thomas made their debuts at new clubs in Europe and Tomi Juric, Fran Karacic and Nikita Rukavytsya all netted.

Martin Boyle scored one goal and set up another as Hibernian won 3-0 away to St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday to continue their bright start to the season.

In the 17th minute, Boyle found space on the right flank, dribbling into the box and cutting back inside for Joe Newell to make it 2-0.

Boyle popped up for a rare headed goal, although it may have come off his shoulder, as he got on the end of a deep cross from a second phase corner in the 59th minute.

He almost grabbed a double when he unleashed a powerful diagonal shot which St Mirren keeper Zdenek Zlamal palmed away.

Edinburgh Live gave Boyle an 8/10 rating and wrote: “Electric as per and grabbed what might be his easiest ever goal in the second half.”

Tom Rogic wasn’t in the Celtic squad which won 5-0 at Ross County.

In the Israeli Premier League on Sunday, reigning top scorer Nikita Rukavytsya took his season tally to five goals already with a double in Maccabi Haifa’s 3-1 victory over Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Rukavytsya, who scored 22 league goals last term and scored in the Europa League in midweek, got the opener on 23 minutes with a high left-foot finish.

He made it 2-1 in the 61st minute with a close-range finish after his initial effort was blocked.

In the Belgian First Division on Sunday, Trent Sainsbury was an unused sub as Kortrijk won 3-0 over Excelsior Mouscron.

In the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday, Ajdin Hrustic was absent as FC Groningen lost 3-1 to PSV Eindhoven on the opening weekend.

Massimo Luongo put in a full shift as Sheffield Wednesday started the English Championship season with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City on Saturday.

Yorkshire Live gave Luongo a 6/10 rating for his display. They wrote: “Quiet afternoon for the popular Aussie.

“Struggled to really impose himself and was yellow cautioned after a mistimed challenge on Glatzel.”

The win is significant for Wednesday who will battle relegation this season after they were docked 12 points for breaking spending rules.

Harry Souttar was an unused sub as Stoke City drew 0-0 away to Millwall.

In League One, Bailey Wright started and played 78 minutes as Sunderland drew 1-1 with Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Wright got a 5/10 rating from the Sunderland Echo and wrote: “Made one tremendous challenge to halt a dangerous Rovers’ counter in first-half stoppage time but struggled to contain Brandon Hanlan throughout the contest.

“Was immensely fortunate to avoid a red card when the referee went to his pocket for a second yellow, only to decide against it at the last moment.”

Cameron Burgess put in a full shift as Accrington Stanley won 2-0 over Peterborough, while Ash Maynard-Brewer was an unused sub as Charlton won 2-0 at Crewe.

Ryan Edwards was an 87th minute substitute as Burton Albion lost 2-1 at Fleetwood, while Ryan Williams was a 69th minute sub in Portsmouth’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury.

In League Two, Thomas Beadling started and played 73 minutes as Barrow drew 1-1 with Stevenage, while Jack Iredale was a 69th minute sub in Cambridge’s 3-0 win over Carlisle.

In the Greek Super League, Jimmy Jeggo made his debut for Aris, playing a full 90 minutes, in a 3-1 win over Lamia.

In the Austrian Bundesliga, James Holland started but was replaced after 36 minutes as LASK won 1-0 over Austria Vienna.

In the Danish Superliga, Lawrence Thomas debuted and kept a clean sheet as SonderjyskE won 2-0 over Awer Mabil’s champions FC Midtjylland on Friday.

Thomas made some good first-half saves, including a sharp block from Jens Cajuste’s volley in the 45th minute. Mabil started and played 78 minutes for Midtjylland.

In the Serbian SuperLiga, Milos Degenek put in a full shift as Red Star Belgrade defeated Cukaricki 3-1 on Friday night.

In the Croatian Prva HNL, Deni Juric started and played 77 minutes while Doni Grdic as Sibenik drew 0-0 at Slaven Koprivnica.

On Sunday, Fran Karacic scored with a low free-kick as Lokomotiva Zagreb went down 2-1 to Anthony Kalik’s HNK Gorica.

In the Bulgarian First League, Tomi Juric scored an 88th minute equalizer as CSKA Sofia drew 1-1 at Cherno More on Saturday.

Juric scored with a close-range header to clinch a last gasp point for CSKA.

 In the Japanese J.League on Sunday, Thomas Deng put in a full shift as Urawa Reds won a see-sawing game 4-3 at Consadole Sapporo, while Mitch Langerak played a full game as Nagoya Grampus lost 3-2 at Yokohama.

Jason Geria was a 76th minute sub for JEF United in a 2-0 win at Ehime in the J2.League.

In the Korean K League on Sunday, Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis were both absent as relegation threatened Suwon Bluewings lost 2-1 at Seoul.

Jason Davidson, Brandon O’Neill and Rashid Mahazi all didn’t play for their clubs either.

Connor Chapman was a half-time substitute as Daejeon Hana Citizen lost 2-0 at Jeju United in the K2 League.

In the Qatari Stars League on Sunday, Shane Lowry played the full 90 minutes as Al Ahli won 1-0 at Al Khor.

Finally in midweek in the Saudi Arabian Pro League, Craig Goodwin played 78 minutes as Al Wahda secured a spot in the AFC Champions League with a fourth place finish after a 2-0 win at Al Hazm.