Socceroos Central: Taggart returns with near-miss

by Ben Somerford on May 24, 2020

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Adam Taggart returned to the Suwon Bluewings starting line-up and hit the post as his side claimed their first win of the new Korean K League season.

Taggart, who dropped out of Suwon’s starting XI last weekend due to fitness, was up front as the Bluewings edged past Incheon United 1-0 on Saturday.

Terry Antonis was still out suspended, while Rashid Mahazi wasn’t in the Incheon matchday squad.

Taggart almost made the most significant impact in the 32nd minute when he was released into space on the right side of the box, before firing low across the keeper but hitting the base of the upright.

The winner came in the 61st minute, when Yeom Ki-Hun was preferred over Taggart to take the decisive penalty.

Brandon O’Neill started and played 77 minutes as Pohang Steelers went down 2-1 at home to FC Seoul in the Korean K League on Friday night.

O’Neill, who debuted last weekend, was impressive in his central midfield role, with his physicality a feature.

Jason Davidson dropped out of the Ulsan Hyundai starting XI as they drew 1-1 with Busan I’Park in the Korean K League on Sunday.

Ulsan made two changes to their back four, with Davidson replaced by 30-year-old full-back Jeong Dong-Ho. Davidson was an unused sub.

Nick Ansell wasn't in the Jeonnam Dragons squad which drew 0-0 at Seoul E-Land in the Korean K2 League on Sunday.

Connor Chapman was absent injured again as Daejeon Hana Citizen won 3-2 at Jeju United in the Korean K2 League on Saturday.

Brandon Borrello was back in the SC Freiburg matchday squad but didn’t get on the park as they went down 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

Mathew Leckie was left out of the Hertha Berlin squad as his side won 4-0 over city rivals Union Berlin on Friday night.