Aussies abroad: Youngster makes EPL debut

There was a Premier League debut for one young Aussie, while another found the back of the net for the second time this week.

Overall it was another promising weekend for our Aussies abroad as a number of Caltex Socceroos look to play themselves into form ahead of next month's FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Here's the wrap of the results.


Teenager Aiden O'Neill made his English Premier League bow for Burnley against Liverpool as the Clarets stunned the Reds 2-0 at Turf Moor.

The midfielder only got a small taste of the action, coming on as a substitute in injury-time, but will certainly be one to watch having signed his first professional contract with the club back in January.

Aaron Mooy was back in action for Huddersfield Town as they moved to the top of the Championship table courtesy of a 2-1 home win over Barnsley.

Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright came up against each other at Loftus Road as Queens Park Rangers were beaten 2-0 by Preston North End.

Jackson Irvine continued his sensational start to life at Burton Albion, finding the back of the net with a diving header in the 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Mile Jedinak was not in the squad for Aston Villa for their road trip to Derby County as the sides played out a 0-0 stalemate.

The Socceroos skipper is still awaiting a clearance following his transfer from Crystal Palace, while fellow Aussie Jordan Lyden was not in the squad.

In League One, James Meredith helped Bradford City to a 3-1 home win over Coventry City. The visitors were missing fellow Aussie Andy Rose due to injury.

Tom Rogic got through 90 minutes for Celtic as they beat St Johnstone 4-2, making it back-to-back wins to open the Scottish Premiership season.

Scott McDonald scored the opener for Motherwell in their clash against Rangers but they suffered a 2-1 reverse at Ibrox Stadium.


Milos Degenek was at the back for TSV 1860 Munich as they claimed a 2-1 win over Karlsruher SC in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

Mitch Langerak’s VfB Stuttgart are also through to the next round of Germany’s Cup competition, keeping a cleansheet in their 3-0 away win over FC Homburg.

Daniel De Silva was a second half substitute for Roda JC in the Eredivisie but couldn’t help his side overcome a 1-0 deficit against Vitesse Arnhem.

James Jeggo played the duration of SK Sturm Graz’s 3-1 win over SKN St. Polten as his side moved to the top of the Austrian Bundesliga after match day six.

Aziz Behich ensured Bursaspor started Turkey’s new Superlig season with three points, setting up the winner in his side’s 2-1 win against Adanaspor.


In China, Michael Thwaite opened the scoring for Liaoning Whowin, while Dario Vidosic played the first half but they ultimately went down 2-1 to Shanghai Shenhua in the CSL.

Matthew Spiranovic played a full match for Hangzhou Greentown as they held run away league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande to a goalless draw.

Tomislav Mrčela was in action for Suwon Bluewings as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Jeonnam Dragons in the K-League.

Tando Velaphi was in goals for Shonan Bellmare as they were beaten 1-0 by Kashima Antlers in Japan.

In Thailand Aurelio Vidmar’s Bangkok Glass were held to a 1-1 draw by Chonburi FC, with skipper Matthew Smith playing the duration.

Mark Bridge was also part of a 1-1 result as Chiangrai United shared the points with Ratchaburi FC.