EFL wrap: Massimo Luongo scores in Queens Park Rangers win

QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo in action in the Championship.

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo was on target in England overnight as QPR cruised to a big win in the Championship.

After being named in Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos squad for this month’s World Cup Qualifiers, Luongo celebrated his call-up with his side’s fourth goal in their 5-1 win over Rotherham United.

The midfielder popped up with a clinical header from 12 yards following a teasing cross from Yeni N’Gbakoto.

Jackson Irvine

The in-form midfielder played 90-minutes but was on the wrong end of the score line as Burton Albion fell to a 5-3 loss at home to Brentford in the Championship.

Mile Jedinak

The Socceroos skipper played a full game at centre-back as Aston Villa accounted for Wigan Athletic 2-0 at The DW Stadium.

Villa sit in 12th spot in the Championship.

James Meredith

In League one action, Meredith got through a full shift as Bradford City downed Swindon Town 2-1 at home to help consolidate fourth spot on the ladder.

Cameron Burgess

The defender played 90 minutes as Bury earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw away to Millwall.

Aiden O’Neill & Bradden Inman

The Aussie duo both got through full games for their respective sides as Peterborough and Oldham played out a 1-1 draw at ABAX Stadium.


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Melbourne City FC 4 -0 Newcastle Jets-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne City have consolidated third spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder following a resounding 4-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

An early trademark header from City striker Tim Cahill opened the scoring, with substitute Nick Fitzgerald doubling the advantage after the interval with a delicate chip.

City striker Tim Cahill opens the scoring against the Jets with a header on Saturday night.

Two goals in six minutes from Bruno Fornaroli put the result beyond doubt, with the City captain converting from the penalty and sweeping home from close range.

While City dominated possession from the outset it was the visitors that had a great chance to open the scoring when Andrew Nabbout was played through on goal but he pushed his shot wide of the back post.

Aside from a chance to substitute Morten Nordstrand at the start of the second half that was to be as close as the Jets would come to finding the back of the net on a night City dominated.

Fornaroli came close to sealing a hat-trick with a couple of inviting late chances however it mattered little as his side claimed back-to-back wins for the first time since Round 2.

The result sees City move three points clear of Brisbane ahead of their match against the Reds, while Newcastle remain one win outside the top six with either the Wanderers or Phoenix to push ahead when they also meet on Sunday.


1-0 Melbourne City: Tim Cahill, 12’

Josh Rose whipped in a cross to the six-yard line where Cahill got the better of Johnny Koutroumbis in the air and headed strongly past Jack Duncan. Cahill celebrated the goal by paying homage to Aussie tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt who was in the crowd with a mock serve.

Tim Cahill

2-0 Melbourne City:  Nick Fitzgerald, 65’

Former Mariners pair Anthony Caceres and Fitzgerald combined in the attacking third, with Caceres chipping the Jets defence to play in his teammate. Fitzgerald, who’d been on the pitch less than ten minutes, showed great composure to chip the onrushing Duncan and hit the back of the net.

3-0 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli (pen.), 75’

Bruce Kamau had been on the pitch less than three minutes when he won his side a penalty after being upended in the box by Daniel Mullen. City’s skipper stepped up to the spot, sending Duncan the wrong way with his conversion.

Bruno Fornaroli

4-0 Melbourne City: Bruno Fornaroli, 81’

Ivan Franjic played in the overlapping run of Fitzgerald who fired the ball across the face of goal. Caceres got a touch as he miscued a shot but Fornaroli was on hand at the back post where he had plenty of time to pick his spot to grab a double.

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Adelaide United 2-1 Brisbane Roar FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A last gasp penalty has seen Adelaide United beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 in sensational scenes at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Sergio Cirio was the hero for the home side after he converted from the spot in the eighth minute of stoppage time after Michael Theo was sent off with full time imminent.

The Roar goalkeeper was marched for making contact with an opponent’s head and with the visitors having already made their three substitutions midfielder Thomas Kristensen pulled on the gloves for the resulting spot kick but was unable to keep it out.


Thomas Kristensen

The Reds were themselves already down a man after Marcelo Carrusca picked up a second booking with eight minutes remaining.

Earlier a maiden Hyundai A-League goal from Reds striker Papa Diawara put Adelaide ahead in the first-half in humid conditions in the City of Churches.

The Senegalese striker’s header was cancelled out by Jamie Maclaren’s 14th goal of the campaign on the hour mark, after Roar’s frontman finished off a well worked team goal.

Roar looked the more likely to grab a late winner against a depleted Reds in the closing stages but with the match headed for a draw Theo’s inexplicable moment of madness cost his side dearly.

The result means fourth-placed Brisbane remain just a point in front of Perth ahead of their clash against Victory next weekend, while the reigning champions can move off the bottom of the ladder when they travel to Gosford to face the Mariners in Round 24.


1-0 Adelaide United: Papa Diawara, 16’

Marcelo Carrusca whipped in a corner ball to the front post where Diawara had got goal side of Jade North and was able to head strongly past Theo.

1-1 Brisbane Roar: Jamie Maclaren, 60’

Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic could only parry a long range shot from Kristensen, with Corey Brown on hand to cut the ball back to Maclaren for a tap in.

2-1 Adelaide United: Sergio Cirio (pen.), 90+8’

The Spaniard stepped up to the penalty spot after the Reds were awarded a late penalty for Theo’s red card offence, holding his nerve to fire a winner past Kristensen.


Roar skipper Matt McKay was substituted early in the second half with a knee injury after picking up a knock, youngster Joe Caletti was his replacement.


Marcelo Carrusca 82’: The Reds midfielder was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away after picking up an earlier booking for dissent.

Michael Theo 90+6’: Roar’s goalkeeper was shown a straight red card for an elbow to the head of Dylan McGowan after the Reds defender tried to prevent a quick clearance.

Michael Theo

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC 3 – 1 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Western Sydney Wanderers have consolidated sixth spot in the Hyundai A-League with an impressive 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Spotless Stadium on Sunday night.

A brace from Brendon Santalab and an early strike from Nico Martinez helped Tony Popovic’s side to a comfortable victory, their first of the season at their adopted home ground.

The Wanderers raced out of the blocks and took a deserved lead inside 10 minutes with Argentine star Nico Martinez firing home from the edge of the box.

The hosts continued to dominate proceedings and doubled their advantage just five minutes before the interval with Brendon Santalab netting a powerful strike.

The procession continued after the break with Santalab extending the hosts’ lead with a close-range finish just three minutes into the second half.

Wellington continued to fight and grabbed a consolation in the  final 15 minutes with Gui Finkler netting  a well-taken free kick.

The win leaves Western Sydney five points clear of seventh-placed Wellington and six ahead of Newcastle Jets with four rounds remaining.



1-0 Western Sydney Wanderers: Nico Martinez, 9’

Wanderers fullback Scott Neville won a loose ball inside the Phoenix area with the ricochet finding Martinez who expertly slotted the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers: Brendon Santalab, 40’

Mitch Nichols surged forward down the left flank and picked out Santalab on the edge of the area with the striker taking a touch before firing a powerful left-footed strike past Phoenix keeper Glen Moss.

3-0 Western Sydney Wanderers: Brendon Santalab, 48’

Jack Clisby found Nico Martinez inside the area with the Argentine dinking the ball to the back post with Santalab on hand to bury a close-range header.

3-1 Wellington Phoenix: Gui Finkler, 76’

The Phoenix won a free kick 25 metres from goal with the Brazilian stepping up to curl a delightful strike into the right corner, leaving Janjetovic stranded.


Wellington almost pulled a goal back just before the break with Wanderers keeper Vedran Janjetovic denying the visitors with a smart reflex save.  A long-range strike from Kosta Barbarouses took a wicked deflection and was destined for the back of the net but Janjetovic was able to quickly change direction and parry the ball clear.


Western Sydney Wanderers  have won five of their last seven clashes with Wellington Phoenix

Santalab’s brace moved him ahead of Mark Bridge as Western Sydney’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 29 goals.

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