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.
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.
Hong Kong 0
Olyroos starting XI: Duncan (G/k), Geria, Donachie, Irvine, Smith, Brillante (De Silva), Edwards, Amini, Williams (Ugarkovic), Pain (Sotirio), Maclaren
Caltex Socceroos defender Jurman departs Al-Ittihad
Caltex Socceroos defender Matthew Jurman is on the lookout for a new club after announcing he has left his Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad. Jurman confirmed on social media he is now a "free agent" and thanked the club for allowing him to experience playing in the Saudi Pro Leag
Taggart joins De Bruyne and Ibrahimovic in FIFA 19 TOTW
Adam Taggart has earned a spot in the FIFA 19 Team of the Week after his hat-trick heroics for Suwon Bluewings. The Australian joins Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos in the latest release of 'in for
Australia U-23 squad named to face New Zealand U-23
Gary van Egmond has named a 24-man squad for Australia U-23's upcoming two-match series against New Zealand U-23 in Wollongong and Campbelltown. The matches, to be played at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Friday 6 September and in Campbelltown on Monday 9 September will serve as