Socceroos Central: Irvine debut, Armenakas goal

by Ben Somerford on Jan 17, 2021

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Jackson Irvine made his Hibernian debut alongside Socceroo Martin Boyle as they won 2-0 over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Irvine, who signed as a free agent in midweek, started and played 73 minutes in the victory, earning a 7/10 rating.

Edinburgh Live wrote: “An encouraging performance from the new recruit, but he will need time to get back up to speed.”

Boyle didn’t get such a good rating, slated with a 5/10. Edinburgh Live wrote: “Kept quiet by Killie's back line on his return from injury.”

Elsewhere, Tom Rogic started and played 80 minutes but had a poor game as Celtic drew 0-0 with Livingston on Saturday.

Rogic earned a 4/10 rating from Glasgow Live who wrote: “Granted, he was playing out of position as the 'false 9' but he was very sloppy in possession and failed to bring Celtic up the pitch.”

Panos Armenakas scored his maiden senior goal for Zulte-Waregem in a 5-1 victory away to Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian First Division A on Saturday.

Armenakas was an 88th minute substitute before scoring in the second minute of stoppage-time, tapping into an empty net.

Elsewhere, Trent Sainsbury returned from a back injury to sit on the bench as Kortrijk lost 2-1 at KV Oostende.

Danny Vukovic played a full game as Genk’s title hopes took a hit with a 2-0 loss at Excelsior Mouscron.

Ajdin Hrustic earned significant game-time in the German Bundesliga as a 53rd minute substitute in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 win over Schalke 04 on Sunday.

Jimmy Jeggo started and played 55 minutes as Aris went down 1-0 at home to Panathinaikos further slipping off the pace in the Greek Super League on Sunday. 

Aziz Behich started and played 83 minutes as Kayserispor went down 2-1 at Gaziantep FK in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.

Mat Ryan was absent again as Brighton & Hove Albion claimed an important 1-0 win at Leeds United in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Harry Souttar put in a full shift and earned a 7/10 rating as Stoke City drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship on Saturday.

The Stoke Sentinel wrote: “Impressive again in both defending and the way he can bring ball out from the back. Some vital tackles too.”

Bailey Wright put in a full shift as Sunderland won 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon in League One on Saturday.

Ryan Williams, who played the full 90, got the decisive assist as Portsmouth won 1-0 away to Fleetwood Town.

Cam Burgess, Jordan Lyden, Ryan Edwards and Callum Elder all played full games in League One while Kenny Dougall started and played 83 minutes for Blackpool.

Scott Neville and Jordan Murray both scored the goals as East Bengal drew 1-1 with Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League on Friday night.

Full games

Brad Jones, Dylan Fox, James Donachie
Anthony Carter – SB 80, Dimi Petratos – ST 46, Joel Chianese – ST 81, Nick Fitzgerald – SB 62, David Williams – ST 86
Unused subs
Mathew Leckie, Brandon Borrello, Daniel Arzani, Sam Silvera, Ash Maynard-Brewer, Declan Lambert, Ryan Lambert, Bradden Inman
Notable absentees
Riley McGree