Socceroos Central: Taggart double, Ryan saves penalty

by Ben Somerford on Nov 24, 2019

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Mat Ryan saved a penalty in the English Premier League while Massimo Luongo returned from injury and Brandon Borrello made a rare Bundesliga start.

Adam Taggart is set to claim the Korean Golden Boot after scoring a double in Suwon Bluewings’ 4-2 win away to Jeju United in the K-League on Sunday.

Taggart made it 1-1 in the 15th minute from the penalty spot, to take his season goals tally to 19.

He also put his side ahead 3-2 in the 76th minute, with Terry Antonis providing the assist.

Taggart now has 20 goals this K-League season with one game remaining. He is two goals ahead of Ulsan Hyundai’s Júnior Negrão.

Taggart and Antonis both played full games in the win. 

In the English Premier League on Saturday, Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy both played full games as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 2-0 at home to second-placed Leicester City.

Ryan made a penalty save from Jamie Vardy although the spotkick had to be re-taken due to encroachment and the Foxes star converted on the second attempt.

The goalkeeper earned a 9/10 rating from the Brighton & Hove Independent who wrote: “Man-of-the-match performance. Kept his team in it. Saved Vardy's first penalty before VAR got involved.

“Reaction stops, a penalty save, one-on-ones, he did it all.”

Mooy earned a 6/10 rating. “Dogged tackles high up the pitch was his main contribution. The strength and size of the Leicester defence led to him having a tough day at the office.”

Jackson Irvine put in a full shift as Hull City came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Middlesbrough in the English Championship on Sunday.

Irvine got an assist of sorts for Jarrod Bowen’s 71st minute goal, although it was more of a miscontrol.

The Socceroo got a 6/10 rating from the Hull Daily Mail who wrote: “City’s number 10 but unable to offer that reliable link between midfield and attack for long spells. Improved once given a numerical advantage to work with and played a part in forcing Boro backwards.”

Callum Elder started but was replaced after an hour for the Tigers.

Elder got a 5/10 rating. “Fell below the standards he has set at left-back. Failed to stop the cross from McNair that set up Tavernier and then guilty of missing simple tackles. Withdrawn in the second half as part of a tactical reshuffle.” 

Massimo Luongo returned from an ankle injury as a 70th minute substitute as Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-1 at West Brom in the English Championship on Saturday.

Ryan Williams scored his side’s third goal as Portsmouth eased to a 3-0 win away to Rochdale in League One on Saturday.

Williams put in a full shift and swept home through the opposition keeper’s legs in the 88th minute.

Brandon Borrello made his first Bundesliga start since August, playing 58 minutes, as SC Freiburg drew 1-1 at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Tom Rogic started and played 76 minutes and got an assist as Celtic eased past Livingston 4-0 in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Rogic provided the pass for Odsonne Edouard’s 19th minute goal in the win.

Lyndon Dykes, who has been linked with a move to the English Championship, put in a full shift for Livingston.

Full games
James Holland, Oliver Bozanic, Apostolos Giannou, Harry Souttar, Mark Milligan, Mitch Langerak, Ryan Edwards, Mustafa Amini, Fran Karacic, Milos Degenek, Brad Jones
Martin Boyle – SB 68, Bailey Wright – ST 65, Kenny Dougall – SB 46, Jason Cummings – ST 78, Bernie Ibini – SB 76, Ajdin Hrustic – ST 83, Jimmy Jeggo – ST 79, Anthony Kalik – ST 86, Rashid Mahazi – ST 73, Craig Goodwin – ST 90
Unused subs
Adam Federici, Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Jason Davidson, Aziz Behich, Jason Geria
Notable absentees
Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric