Former Mariners striker on target in Japan

Australian striker Mitchell Duke put his injury troubles firmly behind him by scoring his first goal in over a year in Shimizu S-Pulse’s 2-0 win on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old continued his comeback with the stoppage time sealer away to Kashiwa Reysol, securing Shimizu’s third win of the J-League season.

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Duke came off the bench for the third straight match late in the contest and applied a cool one-on-one finish to wrap up three points.

Capped four times by the Caltex Socceroos, the former Central Coast Mariners man has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines since making 29 appearances in his first season in Japan.

The strong centre-forward played 90 minutes for the first time in almost a year last month and will hope for an extended run in the first-team as he seeks to make the most of the final six months of his contract.


Fellow Australian Milos Degenek also tasted victory in Japan overnight, completing a full match at the back in Yokohama F. Marinos’ 2-1 win over Jubilo Iwata.

Another former Mariners star, Oliver Bozanic, started and played over an hour of Ventforet Kofu’s 1-1 draw away to Kawasaki Frontale.

Elsewhere in Asia, Jeju United defender Aleksandar Jovanovic notched 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw in the K-League while Dario Vidosic couldn’t prevent a 2-1 loss for Seongnam in Korea’s second division.