Socceroos Central: Poor Mooy back pass, Jones shock

by Ben Somerford on May 08, 2017

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Aaron Mooy's poor back pass was costly, while Brad Jones’ Feyenoord blew their chance to seal the Dutch title and Stefan Mauk got a rare game for struggling NEC Nijmegen.

On the final day of England’s Championship season, all Aussies in action suffered defeats, headlined by Aaron Mooy’s play-offs bound Huddersfield losing 3-0 at home to Cardiff City.

Mooy’s poor back pass proved costly, with goalkeeper Danny Ward sent off after coming off his line to apply pressure after Kenneth Zohore collected the ball, only to bring him down.

Elsewhere, Bailey Wright, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Callum Elder all played full games for their respective sides, while Ryan Williams was a 74th minute substitute.

Mile Jedinak was absent for Aston Villa due to a groin complaint.

Staying in England, James Meredith put in a full shift as Bradford City drew 0-0 with Fleetwood to clinch a 1-0 aggregate victory and secure a spot in the League One play-offs final against Millwall on Saturday.

 

Brad Jones played a full game in goal for Feyenoord, with Rotterdam coming to a standstill with the side expected to claim the win they needed to clinch the Dutch Eredivisie league title on Sunday.

Feyenoord were crushed 3-0 by Excelsior, with three second-half goals proving decisive, although Jones could do little about them.

Jones' side can still wrap up the title with victory over Heracles on the final day, as they sit one point clear of second-placed Ajax.

Elsewhere, Stefan Mauk made his first appearance for NEC Nijmegen since the opening day of the season.

Mauk was an 86th minute substitute as NEC claimed a crucial 2-1 win over AZ Alkmaar to keep their survival hopes alive.

Kenny Dougall was a 59th minute substitute while Craig Goodwin was left on the bench as Sparta Rotterdam also boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 win over Twente.

In the SPL, Tom Rogic made his first start since December as Celtic thrashed St Johnstone 4-1. Rogic started and played 70 minutes after a long-term ankle injury.

Elsewhere, Ryan Edwards played 89 minutes as Partick Thistle lost 2-1 to Rangers, while Scott McDonald put in a full shift as struggling Motherwell lost 1-0 to Ross County.

In Germany, Mathew Leckie was replaced at half-time after an early yellow card as Ingolstadt drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen, leaving them in grave danger of relegation, sitting four points from safety with two games to play.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Langerak kept a clean sheet as Stuttgart moved closer to promotion to the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue. Stuttgart is three points clear with two games to play.

In Denmark, Mustafa Amini put in a full shift and helped AGF to a 1-0 win over Viborg but it wasn’t enough to avoid the relegation play-offs. Chris Ikonomidis was an unused sub.

In UAE, Mark Milligan’s Bani Yas drew 4-4 in midweek confirming their relegation from the top flight.

In China, Ryan McGowan was given a straight red card in the 88th minute for a penalty offence as Guizhou Zhicheng lost 3-0 to Shanghai SIPG.

Full games
Mat Ryan (Genk), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Jimmy Jeggo (Sturm Graz), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Tomi Mrcela (Chunnam Dragons), Connor Chapman (Incheon United), Bruce Djite (Suwon)
Minutes
Ben Halloran - 40th minute sub (Heidenheim), Tomi Juric - 61st minute sub (Luzern), David Williams - started & played 63 mins (Szombathelyi), Mitch Duke - 82nd minute sub (Shimizu S-Pulse), Dario Vidosic - 81st minute sub (Seongnam)
Unused subs
Brad Smith (Bournemouth), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Gabriel Cleur (Virtus Entella), Scott Jamieson (IFK Goteborg), Oliver Bozanic (Ventforet Kofu), Matt Jurman (Suwon Bluewings)
Notable absentees
Nathan Burns (Tokyo), Robbie Kruse (Liaoning), Apostolos Giannou (Guangzhou R&F)