Aussies abroad: McGowan scores against ACL champions

There were plenty of Aussie goal scorers across Asia over the weekend. Here's the wrap of how our overseas contingent fared for their clubs.


Ryan McGowan scored his first goal for Henan Jianye against Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.

The Caltex Socceroo defender showed all the intent of a striker to spring the off-side trap, before chesting the ball down and firing past the goalkeeper.

The finish gave his side an early advantage but unfortunately they couldn’t hang on against the reigning ACL champions, going down 2-1 on their travels.

Trent Sainsbury notched another shutout as part of Jiangsu Suning’s backline. The CSL league leaders eased to a 2-0 win against Shanghai Shenhua to retain top spot on the ladder.

Michael Thwaite’s Lianing Whowin had to settle for a point following a 2-2 draw against Tianjin Teda.

Meanwhile Apostolos Giannou had another unhappy night for Guangzhou R&F with his side beaten 1-0 by Shanghai SIPG.

Nathan Burns found the back of the net after just four minutes for FC Tokyo in the J-League however they suffered a 4-2 reverse at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale.

Elsewhere in Japan, Billy Celeski was in action for Ventforet Kofu as they came back to secure a 1-1 result away to Omiya Ardija.

Adrian Leijer’s Suwon FC were soundly beaten 3-0 by FC Seoul in the K-League.

Brett Holman scored the opener for Emirates Club in the UAE midway through the second half as they accounted for Dubba Al Fujairah 2-0 at home.

Tahj Minniecon broke the deadlock for Loyola Meralco Sparks as they went on to claim a 2-0 on the road to JP Voltes in the Philippines’ UFL Cup.


Massimo Luongo was involved in a frustrating encounter in Wales as Queens Park Rangers played out a goalless stalemate against Cardiff City in the Championship.

Jason Davidson was back in the starting XI for Huddersfield Town as they picked up a vital three points courtesy of a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Bailey Wright was at the back for Preston North End as they played out a 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons.

James Meredith’s Bradford City conceded a late goal that saw the points shared with Shrewbury Town in League One. The 1-1 draw putting a dent in their promotion aspirations.


Mathew Leckie was deployed off the bench for Ingolstadt as they were beaten 2-0 on the road to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga.

James Holland played the duration of MSV Duisburg’s 2-1 win over 1860 Munich in Germany’s second tier.

Compatriot Milos Degenek experienced the high and lows of football, setting up the opener for the visitors before being sent-off with ten minute to play.

Tomi Juric was up front for Roda JC as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Eredivisie league leaders PSV.

Chris Ikonomidis was in midfield for Salernitana as they picked up a point in their relegation scrap with Pro Vercelli VS in Italy’s Serie B.

Antony Golec helped ensure FC Sheriff kept a cleansheet as they ran out 2-0 winners against Zimbru Chisinau to retain second spot in Moldova.