Aussies abroad update

There was a full round in the English lower divisions on Wednesday morning (AEST) with a host of Socceroos in action, including in-form Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo.

The rising star from Sydney was again one of Swindon Town’s best as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away to Gillingham.

Luongo, who was in the Socceroo squad for Brazil 2014, put in a tireless display before he was subbed off with just seven minutes left, while Australian-born defender Brad Smith played a full match for Town on his return from a knee injury.

Elsewhere in League One, Bailey Wright and Neil Kilkenny both got through the 90 minutes as Preston North End draw 1-1 away to Doncaster Rovers.

Striker Scott McDonald continued his impressive early season form as his Millwall side remains unbeaten in the Championship after a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

McDonald produced a couple of flashes of brilliance but lacked the finishing touch to grab all three points for Ian Holloway’s side.

The news wasn’t so good for Adam Federici and Ryan Edwards at Reading, who slumped to their first defeat of the new campaign at home to Huddersfield Town.

Federici was exposed by some shoddy defending in the first half as the Royals trailed 2-0 early, eventually losing 2-1 with Edwards an unused substitute.

Shane Cansdell-Sheriff played a full match as his Burton Albion beat Exeter City 1-0 and James Wesolowski got through 75 minutes of Shrewsbury Town’s 4-0 drubbing of Accrington Stanley in League Two.

Midfielder Jackson Irvine continued to push his claims for a run in the Celtic first team, helping the youth side to a 2-2 draw on the road against Dundee United.

Robbie Kruse’s Bayer Leverkusen has a foot in the UEFA Champions League group stage with a 3-2 away win over FC Kobenhavn in the first leg of their play-off round.

The Socceroos winger missed out on a spot in the squad as he continues his rehab from a knee reconstruction.