Cahill ends Everton drought with timely goal

Qantas Socceroo midfielder Tim Cahill ended his barren goalscoring spell for Everton, with a timely goal in their 3-1 win over Portsmouth overnight.

Qantas Socceroo midfielder Tim Cahill ended his barren goalscoring spell for Everton, with a timely goal in their 3-1 win over Portsmouth overnight.

Cahill rose superbly to head home in the 73rd minute, to give Everton back the lead, which Yakubu extended to 3-1 in the final 10 minutes and lift them back above arch rivals Liverpool into 4th spot on the ladder.

It was Cahill-s 10th goal of the season, but ended a two-month spell without a goal for Everton, although he had scored for Australia on February 6 in the opening World Cup qualifier against Qatar.

Overall it was a pretty good weekend for some of our Aussies abroad, with Brett Holman scoring for the second consecutive week; Josh Kennedy back among the goals for Karlsruhe in Germany, and Danny Invincibile grabbing a vital three points for Kilmarnock against St Mireen, with the only goal.

It didn-t take Kennedy long to be back among the goals after missing out last week, grabbing the second goal in Karlsruhe-s 3-1 win over his former club Wolfsburg.

The goal was Kennedy-s fourth goal in just five games for his new club, since arriving in January and his goals rush is certain to please his Australian boss Pim Verbeek. He also assisted with the first goal, with the Wolfsburg keeper only able to parry down a header by the lanky striker and it was pounced upon to set Karlsruhe on the road to victory.

Holman made it two goals in two games, when he set NEC Nijmegen on their way to a shock 3-1 win over title contenders Feyenoord. Holman grabbed the opening goal against his former club, after 17 minutes, in a weekend of upsets, which also saw Jason Culina-s PSV Eindhoven lose 3-1 to FC Utrecht. Culina remains on the outer at PSV and did not see game time, remaining on the bench.

Scott McDonald may not have scored for Celtic in its 2-0 win over Hibernian, but their was better news for fellow Australian Danny Invincibile, who was on target with the only goal as Kilmarnock won 1-0 against St. Mirren.

Mile Sterjovski made his first start for Derby County, playing 66 minutes in the side-s 0-0 draw at home with Sunderland. Brett Emerton only played an hour in Blackburn Rovers 1-0 win over Newcastle United, with Mark Viduka not sited in the Magpies squad; Lucas Neill played a full game in West Ham-s disastrous 4-0 rout by Chelsea, while Mark Schwarzer was not a happy camper after Middlesbrough lost 1-0 in the dying minutes at home against Reading.

Happier news for Nick Carle, who played a full game, as Bristol City went top of the Championship by two points, after a 2-1 win against Hull City. They also now have a game in hand of 2nd placed Stoke City, who lost 3-0 to QPR. Richard Garcia was replaced in the 55th minute for Hull.

Three Aussies were in action for Leicester City, with Patrick Kisnorbo and Paul Henderson playing full games, while James Wesolwski came on in the 90th minute, as Leicester City won 1-0 away at Cardiff City. David Carney remained on the bench for Sheffield United in a 2-0 loss at home against Charlton Athletic.

In Italy, Vince Grella played a full game, as Torino drew 2-2 away at Sampdoria, while Mark Bresciano also played a full game, as Palermo drew 0-0 away at Reggina.

Meanwhile in other news, Les Pogliacomi-s contract with Oldham Athletic has been terminated by mutual consent, with the goalkeeper returning to Australia in order to try and rectify the problems with a knee injury.