Olyroos hit Hong Kong for six

The Olyroos began their road to Rio with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Hong Kong in their opening AFC U-23 Championship qualifier on Friday night.

There was a distinct Hyundai A-League flavour to the scoresheet with Glory striker Jamie Maclaren claiming a hat-trick and Victory forward Connor Pain banking a brace.

German-based Mustafa Amini was the other goal scorer for the Aussies, firing in a spectacular left-footed volley from outside the box to notch the game’s opener.

Aurelio Vidmar’s side dominated the clash in Kaohsiung from the outset, with Hong Kong rarely threatening Jack Duncan in goal.

They took a 2-0 lead into the break courtesy of Amini and Pain, who made a great solo run to notch his first of the night.

The Aussies piled on four unanswered goals in the second stanza, with Maclaren grabbing three of those. The best being a trickey juggling effort in the box that finished in the back of the net in the last minute of stoppage time to ice the result.

The Olyroos starting XI for their AFC U-23 Championship qualifier against Hong Kong.

Steve Ugarkovic, Daniel De Silva and Jaushua Sotirio all made appearances off the bench, while Adam Taggart was not risked as he seeks to return from injury.

The Olyroos will next take on tournament hosts Chinese Taipei on Sunday before their final match against Myanmar on 31 March.

The AFC U-23 Championship, which will be played in Qatar in 2016, doubles as the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games, with the top three ranked teams stamping their ticket for Brazil.

To progress to the AFC U-23 Championship the Olyroos need to top their Group F or be one of the best five second place teams.

Match Details

Australia 6

Hong Kong 0

Olyroos starting XI: Duncan (G/k), Geria, Donachie, Irvine, Smith, Brillante (De Silva), Edwards, Amini, Williams (Ugarkovic), Pain (Sotirio), Maclaren