Aussies abroad: Irvine on target in Scotland

Socceroo Jackson Irvine found the net overnight to help Ross County earn a hard-fought 2-1 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

The 22-year-old was only drafted into the starting lineup following an injury to Martin Woods in the warm-up and he made the most of the opportunity.

The midfielder controlled the ball from a deep corner before unleashing a thumping strike past Motherwell keeper Connor Ripley in the 20th minute.

The two-cap Socceroo played the full 90 minutes for the Staggies, while Scott McDonald got through 79 minutes for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Massimo Luongo started in his second consecutive match as Queens Park Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mass Luongo in action in the Championship for QPR.

Bailey Wright got through 90 minutes as Preston North End slumped to a 3-1 loss at home to Brentford, while Jason Davidson played 83 minutes in Huddersfield’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak was a late substitute for Crystal Palace as Alen Pardew’s side suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Tottenham.

In League one, James Meredith played a full match as Bradford City secured a 1-1 draw away to Port Vale.

In League two, Socceroo keeper Alex Cisak kept a clean sheet as Leyton Orient earned a 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

In Germany, Mat Leckie started and played 90 minutes as FC Ingolstadt defeated Mainz 1-0 at home.