Socceroos Central: Taggart treble, Mooy & Behich debut

by Ben Somerford on Aug 19, 2019

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Adam Taggart netted a rare treble in Korea while Aaron Mooy and Aziz Behich made their club debuts and two Aussies scored in the Scottish League Cup.

Adam Taggart continued his remarkable goal scoring form in the Korean K-League with a hat-trick in Suwon Bluewings’ 3-1 win at Gangwon on Saturday.

Taggart opened the scoring in the 13th minute, before making it 2-0 in the 56th minute.

He settled the contest with a 95th minute winner to make it 3-1.

Taggart has now scored 16 league goals this season.

In the English Premier League on Saturday, Aaron Mooy made his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion as an 85th minute substitute in their 1-1 draw with West Ham United.

Mat Ryan was in goal for the Seagulls, earning a 7/10 rating from the Brighton Argus.

The Argus wrote: “Kept Albion on terms with a save he would probably have been expected to make from Snodgrass.

“Got a hand to the Hernandez goal. Albion need him to be this confident and precise with the ball at his feet.”

On Mooy, the Argus wrote: “Went on late for his debut as one of the attacking three.”

Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani were absent for Celtic but it was another Australian who got on the scoresheet as the Hoops beat Dunfermline 2-1 in extra-time in the Scottish League Cup.

Dunfermline defender Thomas Beadling leveled the contest in the 77th minute, sending the match to extra-time.

Beadling fired home emphatically after some good flank play by substitute Andy Ryan.

Lyndon Dykes got on the scoresheet as Livingston progressed with a 2-1 win at Forfar Athletic.

Dykes, who put in a full shift, opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a bullet header.

Jackson Irvine put in a full shift as Hull City drew 1-1 at Brentford. Irvine earned a 7/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail.

The Hull Daily Mail wrote: “Typically all-action from the Australian, who covered almost every blade of grass on his last trip to Griffin Park.

“No chances for another goal but his work-rate off the ball was flawless. Helped form a tight unit.”

Massimo Luongo was a 58th minute substitute for Sheffield Wednesday, earning a 6/10 rating from The Star in a 1-0 loss at Millwall.

The Star wrote: “Spread the ball around well when first introduced but struggled to show similar qualities throughout.”

In the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday, Aziz Behich made his debut for new club Istanbul Basaksehir as they lost 3-0 away to Yeni Malatyaspor.

In the German Bundesliga on Friday night, Mathew Leckie put in a full shift as Hertha BSC drew 2-2 with champions Bayern Munich in the season opener.

Leckie, who played a wide attacking role, only earned a 5/10 rating from 90min.com.

Brandon Borrello made his Bundesliga debut, starting and played 69 minutes, as SC Freiburg won 3-0 over FSV Mainz.

Others
Full games

Ajdin Hrustic, Jimmy Jeggo, Harry Souttar, Mark Milligan, Ryan Edwards, Andy Rose, Mitchell Langerak, Rashid Mahazi
Minutes
Awer Mabil – ST 68, James Holland – ST 53, Anthony Kalik – ST 62, Oliver Bozanic – SB 88
Unused subs
Dylan Ryan, Adam Federici
Notable absentees
Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith