Socceroos Central: Mooy & Ryan face top opposition

by Ben Somerford on Oct 01, 2017

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Star Socceroos pair Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan both faced big tasks in the English Premier League as their clubs lost to Tottenham and Arsenal respectively but both performed admirably. 

On Sunday, Mat Ryan played a full game and made some good saves as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 2-0 away to Arsenal.

Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi scored for goals for the Gunners, which Ryan could do little to prevent.

The Mirror rated Ryan's game as a 7/10 and wrote: "Outstanding first-half save with his foot from Ramsey."

In the Premier League on Saturday, Aaron Mooy started and played 61 minutes as Huddersfield lost 4-0 to Tottenham.

It was a difficult day at the office for Mooy and Huddersfield who trailed 3-0 inside 25 minutes, but Spurs pouncing on any defensive mistake. Mooy had one of Town’s few shots on goal.

The Yorkshire Post rated Mooy’s game as a 6/10 and wrote: “Huddersfield were overwhelmed at times in midfield.

“Mooy saw less of the ball than usual as a result but he did still provide some dangerous crosses, never more so than in the first half when his floated effort had to be clawed out from under his bar by Lloris.”


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Brad Smith wasn’t in the Bournemouth squad which drew 0-0 with Leicester.

In the Scottish Premier League on Saturday, Tom Rogic put in a full shift in midfield as Celtic drew 2-2 with Hibernian.

Rogic’s display earned him a 6.5/10 from, who wrote: “Powerful runner on the counter-attack forcing Hibs backwards. Dazzling footwork to get past players in tight spaces.”

In Scotland's Championship on Saturday, Scott McDonald scored his fourth goal of the season as Dundee United won 3-1 at Dunfermline. 

In the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday, Brad Jones had a few saves to make and kept a clean sheet as Feyenoord won 4-0 away to AZ Alkmaar.

On Saturday, Mark Birighitti couldn’t re-produce last week’s heroics, playing a full game in goal as NAC Breda lost 1-0 at home to ADO Den Haag.

Ajdin Hrustic was an 89th minute substitute for Groningen, Kenny Dougall and Craig Goodwin played full games for Sparta Rotterdam, while Terry Antonis was an unused sub for VVV Venlo.

In the German Bundesliga on Sunday, Mathew Leckie put in a full shift on the right flank and was busy throughout as Hertha Berlin came from two goals to draw 2-2 with Bayern Munich.

On Saturday, Robbie Kruse put in a full shift but couldn't continue his goalscoring form as VfL Bochum lost 3-0 away to Holstein Kiel in the 2.Bundesliga.

On Friday night, Brandon Borrello had a role in two of Kaiserslautern's goal after coming on as a 54th minute substitute in a 3-0 win over Greuther Furth.

In Hungary on Saturday, David Williams scored the opener for Szombathelyi in a 2-2 draw with Mezokovesd. Williams has five league goals this season.

In the Czech Republic on Sunday, Golgol Mebrahtu came off the bench to score a consolation goal for Mlada Boleslav in a 3-1 loss to Jablonec.

Full games
Tomi Juric, Bailey Wright, Danny Vukovic, Jimmy Jeggo, Callum Elder, Connor Chapman, Ryan McGowan, Matt Jurman
Awer Mabil - SB 70, James Meredith – ST 81, Bradden Inman - ST 54, Aiden O'Neill - SB 46, Mitch Duke - ST 85, Anthony Caceres - ST 65, Ben Halloran ST 64, Alex Gersbach - SB 24
Unused subs
Jackson Irvine, Jamie Maclaren, James Holland, Cameron Burgess, Milos Degenek, Eli Babalj, Bernie Ibini-Isei
Notable absentees
Mile Jedinak, Mitch Langerak, Oliver Bozanic, Nathan Burns, Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson