Aussies Abroad: Mooy, Ryan help Brighton come back to rescue point at Sheffield United

Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy played key roles as Brighton & Hove Albion claimed a valuable point against Premier League high-flyers Sheffield United.

Socceroos number one Ryan made a crucial save at close range to deny Blades record signing Ollie McBurnie on 59 minutes, and made another stop from the Scotsman late on to keep the scores locked at 1-1 at Bramall Lane.

Aussie playmaker Mooy had hauled the Seagulls back into the game against the competition’s sixth-placed side when his lofted free-kick was flicked on by Adam Webster and Neal Maupay nodded in the equaliser in the 30th minute.

The away side’s reprieve arrived four minutes after United left-back Enda Stevens had lashed in a rocket strike from the edge of the area to hand the Premier League’s surprise packets the advantage.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk missed a golden chance to snatch a win for Graham Potter’s side, who hover four points above the drop zone in 15th place, and Potter praised his team’s character in adversity.

"We came back from two goals down in our last away match [against West Ham], and came from behind again,” he said. "The resilience of the group is fine but we have to show more quality with the ball."

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Harry Souttar and Fleetwood Town made a big leap in their chase for a League One playoff spot with a 1-0 win against division heavyweights Portsmouth.

Callum Connolly notched the only goal of the game in the 12th minute as four-cap Socceroo, Souttar, saw out the clean sheet at Highbury Stadium.

Fleetwood’s fifth straight win means the Cod Army leapfrog their promotion rivals into sixth place to cling on to the final playoff place.

Jackson Irvine pulled on the captain’s armband for Hull City but the Tigers fell to a 2-1 Championship defeat at Preston North End at Deepdale.

The away side had taken a half-time lead through Mallik Wilks but two goals in four second-half minutes from Paul Gallagher and Alan Browne flipped the result to leave Hull in 17th position in the table.

Elsewhere in England’s second tier, Kenny Dougall remained on the bench as Barnsley secured a much-needed 1-0 win against Middlesbrough to climb off the bottom of the ladder.

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Milos Degenek led Red Star Belgrade to stretch their dominance in the Serbian SuperLiga to 13 points with a 2-0 win against third-placed Vojvodina.

Crosstown rivals Partizan Belgrade could only draw so goals from El Fardou Ben and Marko Gobeljic either side of half-time extended the 30-time national champions’ lead at the top.

Trent Sainsbury and Maccabi Haifa are keeping the pressure on Israeli Premier League leaders Maccabi Tel-Aviv following a 2-1 win on the road at Ashdod.

Goals from 12-cap Socceroo Nikita Rukavytsya and Yanic Wildschut earned Israel’s second-placed side the victory to close the gap to three points. 

Martin Boyle played 90 minutes as a right-wing back as Hibernian were held to a 1-1 draw by Livingston in the Scottish Premier League.

Christian Doidge put HIbs ahead at Easter Road but Aaron Taylor-Sinclair restored parity six minutes later as the fifth and sixth-placed teams played out a stalemate in Edinburgh.

Back home in the Hyundai A-League, Mitchell Duke had his shooting boots on – scoring twice for Western Sydney Wanderers in their 5-2 triumph against Adelaide United, while Josh Risdon’s Western United fell 2-0 to Wellington Phoenix across the Tasman Sea.

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