Socceroos Central: Irvine stars, Ryan continues good run

by Ben Somerford on Mar 10, 2019

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Jackson Irvine put in a starring performance for Hull City, while Mat Ryan’s run without conceding a goal in open play continued in the Premier League.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan played his part as Brighton & Hove Albion boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ryan was only beaten by a 50th minute Luka Milivojevic penalty, earning a 7/10 rating from The Argus.

The Argus wrote: “Had little to do, such was the diligent defending in front of him. Australian will be pleased not to be beaten in open play for almost 3.5 hours.”

Aaron Mooy put in a full shift as bottom-placed Huddersfield Town sunk to a 2-0 home loss to Bournemouth.

Mooy earned a 6/10 rating from the Yorkshire Post who wrote: “Not at his best, but still looked Town's best hope.”

Jackson Irvine was named as Hull City’s ‘starman’ by the Hull Daily Mail as his side lost 3-0 away to Nottingham Forest in the English Championship on Saturday.

Irvine was given a 7/10 rating and the Hull Daily Mail wrote: “A performance that made you feel weary just watching him.

“The Australian covered a huge amount of ground to break up play and help launch counters. Eventually ran out of steam as Forest finished strongly.”

Bailey Wright returned to the Bristol City starting line-up at right-back and put in a full shift in a 1-0 home loss to promotion hopefuls Leeds United.

Wright earned a 6/10 rating from the Bristol Post who wrote: “Had a tough job down the right-hand side with Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison to deal with and did a good job. Picked up a booking after taking down Luke Ayling.”

Massimo Luongo earned a 6/10 rating from West London Sport as QPR drew 0-0 with Stoke City.

West London Sport wrote: “Fired a dangerous-looking left-footed shot a few inches wide as the R’s attempted to take speedy advantage of the Stoke red card. Occasionally wayward crossing when QPR were in a position to open up the visitors.”

Mark Milligan earned a 6/10 rating from the Edinburgh News as Hibernian drew 1-1 with Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Friday night.

The Edinburgh News wrote: “Two goal-saving blocks to deny Arfield and Morelos. A tough night against strong Rangers midfield.”

Scott McDonald scored with an early back post header to help Partick Thistle off the foot of the Scottish Championship table with a 2-1 win over former club Dundee United.

Full games

Danny Vukovic, Apostolos Giannou, James Holland, Alex Gersbach, Ryan McGowan, Ben Garuccio, Kenny Dougall, Cameron Burgess, Jack Iredale, Lyndon Dykes, Tom Beadling, Jack Duncan, Rhys Williams, Brad Jones, Milos Degenek, Mitch Langerak, Andrew Nabbout, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Aleksandar Susnjar, Brad Smith
Ajdin Hrustic – SB 87, Awer Mabil - ST 69, Jesse Curran – SB 73, Oliver Bozanic – SB 86, James Meredith – ST 61, Ryan Williams - SB 70, Bradden Inman – ST 82, Adam Taggart – SB 26
Unused subs
Jimmy Jeggo, Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury, Dean Bouzanis, Denis Genreau, Adam Federici, Mile Jedinak
Notable absentees
Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Tom Rogic, Robbie Kruse, Dylan McGowan, Matthew Jurman