Aussies Abroad: Irvine’s late goal earns Hull dramatic win

Jackson Irvine struck a last-minute winner on his 100th appearance for Hull City to earn the Tigers a 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.

Hull came from behind to stun the west London side in the 89th-minute at Loftus Road, as a deft touch by the Caltex Socceroos midfielder redirected Jarrod Bowen’s firmly-struck free-kick into the QPR net.

With only one point separating the clubs in the Championship table going into the match, Rangers midfielder Ilias Chair put the home team ahead in the 20th minute with a low strike into the bottom corner.

But Grant McCann’s visitors were handed a lifeline 12 minutes later when QPR goalkeeper Joe Lumley fumbled a cross from Josh Bowler into the path of the awaiting George Honeyman, who made it 1-1.

Hull had not won in four away matches until Irvine’s poacher’s effort secured all three points to lift the Tigers back into the top half, and three points outside of the top six.

“I said to the boys, 'treasure this feeling' after the game,” said McCann. “But we don't need to have these up and down rollercoasters every week, it's not good for my heart to be honest.”

Featured image courtesy of Hull City on Twitter

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Meanwhile in the Championship, Massimo Luongo was ruled out of Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-1 home defeat against Cardiff City with a head injury sustained last week, reported the Sheffield Star.

Kenny Dougall was an unused substitute as Barnsley continued their resurgence with a 0-0 draw at Swansea City.

Down in League One, Harry Souttar helped eighth-placed Fleetwood Town to a clean sheet in a 0-0 home stalemate against seventh-placed Bristol Rovers.

In the Scottish Premier League, Martin Boyle could not prevent Hibernian from going down 2-0 at Livingston. Jon Guthrie’s double saw the Lions leapfrog Hibs into fifth on the ladder.

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Firm rivals Rangers at Celtic Park, as the Hoops lost the initiative in the title race. Steven Gerrard’s side are two points behind with a game in hand.

Back on home soil, Rhyan Grant was sent off but Andrew Redmayne and his Sydney FC teammates rallied to beat Jamie Maclaren’s Melbourne City 2-1 in a top of the table clash in the Hyundai A-League.

Goals from Adam Le Fondre and Kosta Barbarouses did the damage after Young Socceroo, Connor Metcalfe, had put the second-place visitors ahead at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.


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