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Socceroos Central: Metcalfe goal & assist, Boyle best afield

Martin Boyle was voted Hibernian’s Player of the Match while Kye Rowles was subbed off at half-time after an average display in Hearts’ 5-0 loss to Rangers in Scotland’s Premiership. Boyle started and played 89 minutes as Hibs edged past Dundee 2-1, with the Socceroo having a spectacular second-half volley saved. BBC Sport rated Boyle…

Matildas Central: KCC, Foord & Catley play in front of record crowd

Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross all played in front of a Women’s Super League record crowd as Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday. A record crowd of 60,160 turned out at Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners piling on three first-half goals to run away with victory. Catley returned to the starting line-up…

Socceroos Central: McGree & Silvera combine for winner, Boyle & Yengi goals

Socceroos Riley McGree and Sam Silvera combined for the decisive goal as Middlesbrough stunned English Championship leaders Leicester City 2-1 on the road. McGree stole the ball on the right side before releasing Silvera who fired home in the 37th minute for a 2-0 lead. The goal was Silvera’s fourth in the league since joining…

Matildas Central: Fowler & Kennedy’s City bundle out Arsenal

Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy both played their part as Manchester City knocked out Steph Catley, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Caitlin Foord’s Arsenal from the English Women’s FA Cup. City triumphed 1-0 at Arsenal to book their spot in the FA Cup quarter-final, with Fowler coming on in the 67th minute, while Kennedy was introduced in…

Socceroos Central: O’Neill stunner, goals to Nieuwenhof, Boyle, Yengi & Silvera

Aiden O’Neill scored his first Standard Liege goal in magnificent style with a volleyed winner in their 1-0 triumph over Leuven in the Belgian Pro League on Saturday. O’Neill chested down the ball before an unstoppable half volley in the 19th minute which proved to be the winner. “To be honest, there is a bit…

Matildas Central: Catley concedes spotkick on return, Wheeler concedes two

Matildas left-back Steph Catley returned to Arsenal’s starting line-up but gave away a penalty as the Gunners were shocked 2-1 by Mackenzie Arnold and Katrina Gorry’s West Ham United on Sunday. The Hammers have been struggling in the English Women’s Super League but have now managed back-to-back wins, coming from behind to triumph over Arsenal.…

Socceroos Central: Volpato nets in Serie A, Glover gaffe in derby

Cristian Volpato offered a glimpse into the future of the Socceroos with a brilliant goal in Italy’s Serie A on Saturday as Sassuolo lost 4-2 to Bologna. Volpato, 20, wasn’t part of Australia’s Asian Cup campaign which ended on Friday night with an extra-time 2-1 loss to South Korea, preferring to focus on his club…

Matildas Central: Foord nets third goal in three games

Caitlin Foord extended her goalscoring run to three goals in three games as Arsenal won 2-0 over Liverpool in the English Women’s Super League on Sunday. Foord started in her usual role on the left side of attack, while Steph Catley was again benched with Katie McCabe starting at left back. Liverpool goalkeeper Teagan Micah…

Socceroos v Indonesia: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

No one will argue the 4-0 scoreline didn’t flatter the Socceroos. Arguably it papered over the cracks of what was a disconnected and sloppy display against 146th-ranked Indonesia. The opening goal was a fortunate own goal, the second came after Team Garuda bossed play for 15-20 minutes. The other two goals came very, very late.…

Socceroos v Uzbekistan: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Socceroos earned themselves the best chance of success in the Asian Cup knockout stage by clinching top spot on Tuesday although the uninspired performance and lack of chances will raise more concerns. Australia lacked creativity but did what was required, managing a dull 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan, to secure top spot in Group B.…