Socceroos Central: Maclaren misses penalty

by Ben Somerford on May 06, 2018

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Jamie Maclaren missed a penalty in the Scottish Premiership while Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet against Manchester United to help secure his side’s top flight status.

Firstly to Scotland where Jamie Maclaren won an early penalty for Hibernian in their 0-0 draw with Aberdeen on Saturday.

Maclaren was bundled over inside the box and stepped up from the resultant spotkick, only to be denied.

The ex-Brisbane Roar man’s low shot was saved by Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis diving to his right.

Maclaren also spurned a good chance minutes later when found unmarked at the back post, heading over. He was replaced after 66 minutes.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon said: "He didn't strike (the penalty) anywhere near well enough. It's a comfortable save.

"It's not like Jamie, he normally he gives it the laces. And he has a great chance with the header 10 minutes later. It just wasn't his day."

Elsewhere in Scotland on Sunday, Tom Rogic produced a wonder pass for Celtic's second goal in a 3-1 win at Hearts.

Rogic started and played 82 minutes in the win, unleashing a classy left-foot pass to find Moussa Dembele to make it 2-1 on 51 minutes.

In the English Premier League on Friday, Mathew Ryan kept a clean sheet in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Ryan wasn’t overly tested by the Red Devils but he was forced into a good save from distance in the second half by Marcus Rashford.

The result means Brighton secure Premier League football for next season, as they cannot now be relegated.

Aaron Mooy put in a full shift as Huddersfield took a big stride towards safety with a 0-0 draw away to champions Manchester City.

The Huddersfield Examiner named him their Man of the Match, giving him a 9/10 rating too.

"Outstanding against his former employers. At the heart of Town’s transition from defence to counter attack," they wrote.

Brad Smith was an unused sub again for Bournemouth who secured their Premier League status with a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

In Germany's 2.Bundesliga on Sunday, Robbie Kruse maintained his good attacking form with an assist in VfL Bochum's 3-1 loss away to Union Berlin. Kruse put in a full shift.

In Slovenia's PrvaLiga, forgotten Aussie defender Jason Davidson played a full game and scored for Olimpija Ljubljana in a 2-0 win over Triglav.

In Japan’s J.League on Saturday, Andrew Nabbout was absent for Urawa Reds’ 1-0 loss at Kashima Antlers following a midweek collision which left him clutching his shoulder, forcing him to be substituted.

Mitchell Langerak and Milos Degenek did battle as Nagoya Grampus drew 1-1 with Yokohama F. Marinos, while Ben Halloran returned after several weeks out as an 83rd minute substitute for V-Varen Nagazaki.

Langerak made a crucial late save when Hugo Vieira got in behind one-on-one with the Australian swatting away the shot with his right hand.

Full games

Ajdin Hrustic, Aziz Behich, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Fran Karacic, Jimmy Jeggo, Mustafa Amini, Mile Jedinak, James Meredith, Callum Elder, Cam Burgess, David Williams (Goal), Connor Chapman, Aleksandar Jovanovic
Mathew Leckie – ST 84, Jamie Holland – ST 90, Ryan Edwards – ST 65, Nikita Rukavytsya – ST 72, Tommy Oar – SB 83, Bradden Inman – ST 86, Ryan Williams – ST 71, Mitch Duke - SB 61, Kwabena Appiah-Kubi – ST 85, Bernie Ibini – ST 70
Unused subs
Brad Jones, Mark Birighitti, Kenny Dougall, Aleksandar Susnjar, Tomi Mrcela, Matt Jurman, Dylan McGowan
Notable absentees
Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Bailey Wright, Tomi Juric, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, Kwame Yeboah