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Socceroos Central: Boyle goal & double assist in Scottish return

Martin Boyle started the new Scottish season with a goal and two assists as Hibernian eased past Egin City 5-0 in the Premier Sports Cup on Saturday. The Socceroo darted in behind the Elgin defence inside the box, before squaring the ball for Dylan Vente to convert in the eighth minute. Boyle made it 4-0…

Socceroos Central: Irankunda scores, Ryan transfer talk

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan’s future is unclear having parted ways with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar and with reports linking him with Spanish outfit Rayo Vallecano. The 32-year-old shot-stopper spent 18 months with AZ, playing 63 times and helping the club qualify for next season’s Europa League. The link with Vallecano, who finished 17th in La…

Matildas Central: Arnold & Raso exits confirmed, Luik returns from injury

Mackenzie Arnold and Hayley Raso have both officially left West Ham United and Real Madrid following the conclusion of their respective contracts on June 3. The Hammers confirmed Matildas goalkeeper Arnold’s departure on Sunday, alongside five other players following a disappointing Women’s Suer League campaign where they finished 11th of 12 teams. Manchester United previously…

Socceroos Central: Duke scores in J1, Makrillos & Chapman moves & transfer talk

Socceroos striker Mitch Duke scored his first goal since May with a clever header in Japanese J1 League leaders Machida Zelvia’s 3-1 away win over Gamba Osaka on Sunday. Duke had been prolific last year with 10 goals in 34 appearances as Machida earned promotion to J1, but hasn’t had as many opportunities this term,…

Matildas Central: Heatley wins Danish Cup, Kerr extension, Vine USA move

Matildas defender Winonah Heatley may have missed Olympics selection but she was celebrating this week after leading FC Nordsjaelland to the Danish Women’s Cup. Heatley was captain as Nordsjaelland triumphed 2-1 over Brondby in Wednesday’s final. The ex-Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City talent started and played the full game, coming in the same week she…

Socceroos Central: Two assists for super sub Smith in MLS

Socceroo Brad Smith came off the bench to provide two assists as Houston Dynamo won 4-1 against his former club DC United in the MLS on Sunday morning. Smith was injected into the game with Houston up 2-1 in the 81st minute and four minutes later he found space down the left flank to provide…

Socceroos Central: Yazbek ‘scores’ in Norway, Duke’s ladder leaders beaten

Socceroo Patrick Yazbek practically scored as Viking drew 2-2 away to Molde in the Norwegian Eliteserien on Sunday. With scores 1-1 early in the second half, Yazbek nipped in at the back post to head Zlatko Tripic’s cross into the back of the net. Yazbek’s header, however, hit the crossbar, before bouncing off opposition goalkeeper…

Matildas Central: Carpenter’s Lyon beaten in UCL final

Ellie Carpenter was in the thick of the action in Saturday’s Women’s UEFA Champions League final but her French club Olympique Lyon went down 2-0 to Barcelona in Bilbao. Carpenter put in a full shift on the right-side of defence for the French champions in a tense final where two second-half goals settled it for…

Socceroos Central: Iredale scores freak goal in 2.Bundesliga playoff

John Iredale scored a freak goal in Wehen Wiesbaden’s German 2.Bundesliga relegation/promotion playoff as they claimed a 2-2 away draw at Jahn Regensburg. Iredale came on in the 70th minute with scores 1-1 and made an instant impact with a goal within 60 seconds of his arrival on the pitch. Ivan Prtajin’s drive was blocked…

Socceroos Central: Irvine & Metcalfe crowned 2.Bundesliga champions

Jackson Irvine got an assist as St Pauli triumphed 2-1 at John Iredale’s Wehen Wiesbaden to lift the German 2.Bundesliga title on Sunday, only seven days after securing promotion. Wiesbaden had gone ahead early, before Aussie Connor Metcalfe fizzed a 38th-minute strike wide. But Irvine pushed forward and laid off for Andreas Albers to equalize…