Socceroos Central: Mooy creates, Williams scores

by Ben Somerford on Feb 09, 2020

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Aaron Mooy was in the thick of the action as Brighton & Hove Albion drew 1-1 with Watford in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Mooy along with Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan both played full games, but it was the former who was involved in the key moments.

Mooy’s turnover led to Watford’s opening goal as Abdoulaye Doucoure went on a driving run before a fine 19th minute finish.

The Australian midfielder almost hauled his side level after finding space inside the box but his low left-footed effort was saved by Watford keeper Ben Foster.


The Seagulls equalized in the 78th minute from an Adrian Mariappa own goal.

Mooy received a 7/10 rating from the Bexhill Observer, who wrote: “Steady performance in the heart of Albion’s team. Never shy of the ball and always looking to create.

“Lost the ball for Watford’s goal but was unlucky to make amends in the second half, drawing a fine save from Foster.”

Ryan earned a 7/10 rating from the Bexhill Observer, who wrote: “Very little to do other than acting as the fulcrum for Albions playing from the back. Absolutely no chance with the goal.”

Ryan Williams scored Portsmouth’s second goal in their 2-0 win at Tranmere Rovers in England’s League One on Saturday.

Williams, who played a full game, struck in the 51st minute when he burst forward into space, received the ball on the edge of the box and fired in low on his left boot.

Ajdin Hrustic returned to the FC Groningen starting line-up and played 90 minutes as they won 1-0 over Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday.

There had been reports of fan unrest over Hrustic’s recent performances, before he was dropped to the bench, so his return was pleasing.

James Holland put in a full shift in midfield as LASK Linz defeated Sturm Graz 2-0 to qualify for the Austrian Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Lyndon Dykes played a full game as Livingston exited the Scottish FA Cup with a 1-0 loss at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Ben Garuccio put in a full shift at left-back at Hearts progressed to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Falkirk on Saturday.

Martin Boyle got an assist as Hibernian eased into the next round of the FA Cup with a 4-1 win away to BSC Glasgow on Sunday.

Boyle, who started and played 80 minutes, used his pace to break clear down the right and set up Marc McNulty for the opening goal.

Full games

Jackson Irvine, Callum Elder, Harry Souttar, Mark Milligan, Ryan Edwards, Bailey Wright, Fran Karacic
Unused subs
Kenny Dougall, Mitch Austin
Notable absentees
Brandon Borrello, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Brad Smith, Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic, Daniel Arzani, Aziz Behich