Socceroos Central: Mooy, Goodwin, Edwards score

by Ben Somerford on Oct 23, 2017

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Australian quartet Aaron Mooy, Ryan Edwards, Ryan Williams and Craig Goodwin were all on the scoresheet in Europe over the weekend, while Golgol Mebrahtu netted a hat-trick.

Aaron Mooy grabbed the headlines with the opening goal in Huddersfield’s shock 2-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday in the English Premier League.

Mooy played Thomas Ince in on goal, before his blocked shock fell to the Australian who swept it home on 28 minutes.

The goal was Mooy’s second of the Premier League season, having scored the winner against Newcastle in August.

On Friday night, Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet as Brighton & Hove Albion recorded their maiden Premier League away win, triumphing 3-0 at West Ham.

Brad Smith was absent due to a quad injury as struggling Bournemouth won 2-1 at Stoke City.

In the Dutch Eredivisie, Craig Goodwin came off the bench to score a late equalizer for Sparta Rotterdam in a 1-1 draw with Excelsior on Saturday.

Goodwin was a 70th minute substitute, before landing an 86th minute free-kick in at the far post.

Australian midfielder Kenny Dougall played a full game for Sparta.

On Sunday, Brad Jones was in goal as Ajax piled on three goals inside the final 20 minutes to defeat Feyenoord 4-1.

Elsewhere, Mark Birighitti played a full game for NAC Breda in a 2-0 home loss to PEC Zwolle, while Terry Antonis was an unused sub as VVV Venlo lost 2-0 to ADO Den Haag.

On Friday night, Australian youngster Ajdin Hrustic was sent off for a second bookable offence after 23 minutes in Groningen’s 1-0 home loss to Willem II.

In the Scottish Premier League, Ryan Edwards scrambled home the leveller as struggling Partick Thistle claimed a 2-1 win over Dundee on Saturday.

Edwards, who played a full game, forced the ball home from close range on 76 minutes.

Elsewhere, Tom Rogic came off the bench as a 73rd minute substitute and provided an assist as Celtic won 4-2 over Hibernian in the League Cup.

In the German Bundesliga on Sunday, Mathew Leckie put in a full shift and got an early booking as Hertha Berlin claimed a 1-1 draw away to SC Freiburg.

Leckie said: “It definitely was not the prettiest game of football. We started well, but when they found their rhythm they created more chances.

“We spoke at half time about what we did wrong and after the break we played better football. It was good that we equalize even after missing the first penalty. We can be happy with the result because Freiburg played well.”

In England’s League One on Saturday, Ryan Williams got his name on the scoresheet from close range as Rotherham drew 3-3 with Oxford United.

In Belgium’s First Division A on Sunday, Danny Vukovic kept a clean sheet as Genk claimed a huge 1-0 win away to powerhouse Anderlecht.

In Israel’s Ligat ha’Al, Nikita Rukavytsya went off after only 12 minutes injured as Maccabi Haifa lost 2-1 at home to Beitar Jerusalem.

In Czech Republic’s First Liga on Sunday, Golgol Mebrahtu scored a hat-trick as Mlada Boleslav won 5-1 at Zlin.

Mebrahtu scored after 32, 74 and 90 minutes in the victory where he played a full game.

Finally in Asia, Trent Sainsbury’s rare appearance was the highlight, playing a full game as Jiangsu Suning lost 3-1 at Changchun Yatai.

Sainsbury was making his second start in the past three games and third appearance of the 2017 CSL season.

Full games
Robbie Kruse, Tomi Juric, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Mustafa Amini, Callum Elder, Jesse Curran, Jimmy Jeggo, Mitch Duke, Milos Degenek, Ryan McGowan, Connor Chapman
Ben Halloran – ST 72, Jamie Maclaren – SB 76, Bradden Inman – ST 73, Aiden O’Neill – ST 62, Bernie Ibini – ST 56
Unused subs
Brandon Borrello, Cameron Burgess, Apostolos Giannou, Aleksandar Jovanovic
Notable absentees
Mitch Langerak, Jason Davidson, Matt Jurman (suspension), Tommy Oar