Match Results

by GGArmy on October 24, 2011

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Match Review

With the Socceroos using the friendly match as a tune-up for Tuesday's qualifier with Oman in Sydney, it was one-way traffic in front of 10,041 fans as the gulf between the teams looked every bit the 128 ranking places that separate them.

Front man Josh Kennedy continued his stunning recent strike-rate with a first-half brace giving him seven goals in his last four games and 14 from 27 national team appearances.

Fellow Japan-based striker Alex Brosque also bagged a double, while Luke Wilkshire netted the opener in the second minute as Australia racked up a 4-0 half-time lead.

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck made good on his promise to field a strong starting line-up, but tweaked things slightly with Rhys Williams starting at right back and the ever-reliable Wilkshire pushed forward into midfield.

It worked a treat as the pair were involved in everything early, with Wilkshire getting Australia off to a swift start.

A Kennedy through-ball found Williams unmarked and the Middlesbrough defender cut the ball back for Wilkshire to side-foot home his sixth international goal.

Australia kept at Malaysia's throat and several chances went begging before Kennedy doubled the advantage in the 33rd minute.

Brosque found Neil Kilkenny, who played a neat ball to Kennedy and the lanky striker made no mistake with the finish.

After having one shot cleared off the line, Shimzu S-Pulse striker Brosque made amends in the 39th minute when he drilled a shot home from a clever Kennedy set-up.

Nagoya striker Kennedy was a constant menace and secured his double in first-half injury time from close range following a sublime cross from Williams.

Osieck made four changes after the break, with Nathan Coe replacing Adam Federici in goals and Adam Sarota, James Troisi and Matthew Spiranovic all injected.

Robbie Kruse also came on in the second half and the changes slowed the scoring rate as Australia lacked the cohesion of their first-half performance.

But Brosque kept things ticking over in the 68th minute, beating Malaysian keeper Khairul Mat from outside the box to make it three goals in as many games.

As well as giving the likes of Kennedy, Wilkshire and Sasa Ognenovski early marks, Osieck was able to completely rest key midfielder Brett Holman for the Oman match.