Aussies abroad: Oar closing in on UCL berth

Tommy Oar is on the verge of UCL qualification with APOEL.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 

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Tommy Oar is one step closer to playing in the UEFA Champions League while there was late drama involving Bailey Wright’s Bristol City in the Championship this morning (Wed).


Tommy Oar’s Cypriot club APOEL are on the brink of qualifying for the group stage of this season’s Champions League after an impressive 2-0 win at home in the first leg of their qualifying tie.

Two goals inside the first 10 minutes was enough for APOEL to beat Slavia Prague 2-0 to take a healthy advantage to the Czech Republic next week.

Oar started for the home side, playing 52 minutes before he was replaced.

If they progress, APOEL will go into the main draw for this season’s Champions League and could face the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.


Bailey Wright’s Bristol City bounced back from defeat over the weekend to come away with a 2-2 draw at Brentford.

But the Robins left it late to snatch a point with the in-form Bobby Reid equalising for the visitors in the eighth minute of stoppage-time.

Skipper Wright got through another 90 minutes for City to ensure he’ll be in good nick for the Caltex Socceroos’ upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.


Left-back James Meredith was involved in a pulsating clash at The Den, but his Millwall side went down 4-3 against Ipswich Town.

Meredith was involved in the thick of the action, picking up a yellow card for a strong challenge in the first half before he was eventually replaced with 15 minutes to go.

The defeat means the Lions are still searching for their first win since their promotion to the Championship.

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Brisbane Roar stunned Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 to book a spot in the ACL Group Stage

Brisbane Roar stunned Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 to book a spot in the ACL Group Stage.

Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi paid tribute to his team’s desire after the Hyundai A-League club confounded many pundits by defeating Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 in China to qualify for the ACL group stage overnight.

In chilly conditions, in-form Brandon Borrello and Caltex Socceroo Tommy Oar struck in the first half to lay the platform for the win in the ACL qualifier at Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium.


Gus Poyet’s Shanghai, with Carlos Tevez and Obafemi Martins up front, were booed off at half time and despite huffing and puffing, could not find a way past Jamie Young in the Brisbane goal.

“Since I’ve been up been here, that’s probably been the biggest win – especially because a lot of people really didn’t give us a chance of beating them,” Aloisi told Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) of AAP after the game.

“But we showed we’re not only a good footballing team but we can also fight when we have to and defend.”

After defeating Global FC last week, Roar now have qualified for Group E, where they’ll play K-League team Ulsan Hyundai, Thailand’s Muangthong United and J-League outfit Kashima Antlers.

Ironically, Roar striker Dimi Petratos confirmed his transfer to Ulsan just prior to the clash in Shanghai and is now set to meet his former teammates.

Roar winger Tommy Oar was key to the win with a goal and an assist.

“Because of the conditions in Brisbane we’re very fit so when we come and play in the cold we can run a lot more,” he told reporters after the game.

“That was a big advantage for us today.”

The win was greeted with delight with many on social media  including Australian players in Asia. And Tevez’s losing start to his Chinese career garnered plenty of interest globally.

“People shouldn’t underestimate the culture we’ve got at Brisbane Roar,” Aloisi added.

“We’ve shown that time and time again. It was a brilliant result – a tough game, but bloody hell, it was an unbelievable atmosphere, and a really good performance.

“We know it’s going to be difficult, we know we’ve got another big couple of months coming up, but this is the position we wanted to be in.”

Brisbane now fly to Melbourne to face City on Saturday in another huge clash with top-four implications in the Hyundai A-League.

In injury news, full back Jack Hingert rolled his ankle against Shanghai and is unlikely to play at AAMI Park on Saturday.

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Brisbane Roar reach Asian Champions League group stage after stunning Shanghai

Roar forward Brandon Borrello celebrates scoring against Perth Glory with Tommy Oar.

Brisbane Roar have qualified for the group stage of the AFC Champions League for the third time in their history after downing Asian powerhouse Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 in China overnight.

Two clinical first-half finishes from Brandon Borrello and Tommy Oar stunned the home fans at Hongkou Stadium, with the Roar holding their nerve in the second stanza to see out a famous victory.

The Hyundai A-League club’s reward following the result is a place in Group E of the ACL, where they’ll face Japan’s Kashima Antlers, Thailand’s Muangthong United and Korea Republic’s Ulsan Hyundai.

Coach John Aloisi made seven changes to the side that beat Philippines outfit Global FC in last week’s ACL qualifier, with Jamie Maclaren starting up front and Jamie Young retaining his spot in goals.

The Roar boss didn’t have to wait long to find out if he’d pulled the right rein with Borrello, fresh from his four goal haul in last week’s qualifier, volleying into the back of the net inside two minutes.

Playing out from the back Young found the head of Corey Brown, whose flick on allowed Oar to charge into space down the left flank.

The Socceroo swung in a perfectly weighted cross that found Borrello at the back post, who blazed a first time strike into the back of the net.

The in-form forward came close to grabbing a second ten minutes later when he went on a weaving run and was afforded time to shoot, with his drive hitting the post and diverting away from danger.

Shanghai began to get a foothold on the match midway through the half, with their attacking pressure drawing a number of fouls from the Roar in dangerous areas.

Striker Obafemi Martins came closest to drawing his side level when he tried to get on the end of a set-piece variation but Maclaren was alert to the danger and able to smother his effort.

Despite the home side’s weight of possession Young’s first meaningful save came just shy of the half hour mark when he dived athletically to save a curling shot from Cao Yunding.

Having soaked up some pressure, Roar doubled their advantage five minutes before the break when Borrello took on his defender in the box before cutting the ball back for Oar who calmly slotted home.

Brisbane lost defender Jack Hingert to injury just before the interval with Daniel Bowles his replacement, however Shanghai were frustrated in their bid to get back into the match in the second stanza.

A fine reaction save from Young palmed a shot from Martins onto the bar, while marquee signing Carlos Tevez threatened at various stages.

Not content to sit back and preserve their advantage Roar looked to kill the game off in transition, with Maclaren coming close with a cheeky chip, while skipper Matt McKay somehow missed an open goal from just a couple of yards out in injury time.

It mattered little as Brisbane Roar were able to see out the match, claiming a deserved 2-0 result.

They’ll now look forward to hosting Muangthong United on match day 1 of the ACL Group Stage with an away match against Ulsan Hyundai, who this week acquired former teammate Dimitri Petratos, to follow.


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Gold Coast-born Socceroo Tommy Oar has signed with Brisbane Roar

Gold Coast-born Socceroo Tommy Oar has signed with Brisbane Roar for the next two years.

Brisbane Roar have secured a major coup, signing Socceroos winger Tommy Oar on a two and a half year deal.

The 24-year-old has signed on for the remainder of this season plus two more years.

He will attend the Roar’s Hyundai A-League Round 22 match against Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium on Friday (4 March, 7pm KO) but will not play as it has been five weeks since he left English club Ipswich Town.

The Gold Coast-born Oar has played 34 times for Australia and scored four goals.

He had two seasons for the Roar from 2008-10, playing 23 times for two goals.

Oar then headed overseas where he played 105 games (14 goals) for Dutch club FC Utrecht.

Since deciding to return to Australia last month, Oar has been hotly chased by a number of Hyundai A-League clubs but committed to the Roar today.


“Tommy is a quality player with a proven record in top-flight football,” said the Roar’s Football Operations Manager Craig Moore.

“His signing continues Head Coach John Aloisi’s intentions to bring the best and brightest players to the club.”

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Transfer talk: Socceroo winger Tommy Oar ponders future

Tommy Oar is unlikely to return to the Hyundai A-League after leaving Ipswich Town.

According to reports, club-less Socceroo Tommy Oar appears unlikely to return to the Hyundai A-League with China or somewhere Europe his likely next destination.

Oar was granted a release from English Championship club Ipswich over the weekend, citing homesickness as the primary reason for terminating his contract.

It led to speculation the 24-year-old was set for a return to Australia, with a host of A-League clubs sure to be interested in the 28-cap Socceroos winger.

But Oar’s agent Michael Jansen told News Corp it was “unlikely” his client would return to Australia.

“We are looking closer to home, but that does not mean we rule out options in Europe or elsewhere,” Jansen said in the Daily Telegraph.

“As for Australia, right after the news came out that he left Ipswich, there were a lot of clubs who made contact.

“But at this point it’s unlikely he will sign for an A-League team.”

A report in the Courier Mail Newspaper revealed Brisbane Roar is interested in bringing Oar back to the club where he started his professional career.

But it’s understood the Gold Coast junior has also received a big-money deal from a club in China which Roar would be unable to compete with.

Oar played 22 times for Roar between 2008 and ’10 before moving on to FC Utrecht in the Netherlands where he played for five seasons.

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Socceroo winger Tommy Oar departs championship club Ipswich Town

Oar departs Ipswich Town

Socceroo winger Tommy Oar has departed English club Ipswich Town after negotiating an early release from his contract in order to move closer to home.

The 24 year-old joined the Tractor Boys in August on a two-year deal and made nine appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

Oar admitted he had struggled to adapt to life in England and hinted that a move back to Australia was a possibility after a number of years abroad.

“I’d like to thank Ipswich Town for their co-operation over ending my contract,” Oar told


“It’s a great club and the manager, staff and players made me feel very welcome but while I have enjoyed playing for Ipswich, I have found it difficult to settle into life in England.

“I have been away from home for five or six years now. My family came over at Christmas and maybe I’ve got to a point where I want to be closer to home again.

“It’s just one of those things where moving over here as not worked out as I had hoped but I’d like to wish the Club, the manager, the staff and the players the best of luck over the rest of the season and I hope to be watching Ipswich in the Premier League next year.”

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy said he was disappointed to lose a player of Oar’s quality but insisted the club needed to do the right thing after meeting with the winger.

“Tommy came to see me and said that he hadn’t settled in England and asked if it was possible to end his contract,” McCarthy said.

“It’s disappointing obviously as we had high hopes for him. He had shown great quality in training but I don’t want to keep a player at the Club who doesn’t want to be here. We wish him well.”

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Tommy Oar striker up to speed now

Pacey former Hyundai A-League winger Tommy Oar feels fans will see him at his electric best in the second half of the season at his Championship club Ipswich Town.

Oar linked with the Portman Road club in September after his release from Dutch club Utrecht.

The forward has by his own admission taken time to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Championship.

But the 24-year-old feels he’s starting to settle better at the club after starting twice for the Tractor Boys since his arrival.

And the former Roar striker is said to have impressed boss Mick McCarthy in training with the hope that translates into on-field form.

“In the last month or so I think I’ve been training really well and physically I feel a lot better than I did when I first arrived,” Oar told the club website.


“It took me a while to get up to speed because I missed out on pre-season and did a lot of travelling with Australia, but now I feel a lot sharper and think that has shown in the games I’ve featured in recently, as I feel I’ve done reasonably well.

“I always knew it would take a fair bit of time to get up to speed because of the travelling [with Australia] and the lack of a pre-season, but also because I had to adapt to new surroundings and a new way of living [in England] but that’s all fine now.

“Hopefully I can keep working hard and break into the starting line-up but full credit to the boys at present, we are on a great run and they are delivering on the pitch so we can’t really complain.

“It’s exciting to be pushing up towards the top end of the table and long may that continue.”


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Tommy Oar impressing at Ipswich Town

Tommy Oar on the ball during Ipswich Town's Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy insists Socceroos winger Tommy Oar has been “doing great in training”, despite the Australian’s slow start in England.

Oar joined the Championship club in August but has made just five senior appearances, with McCarthy claiming the Australia international has struggled with the “tempo” of England’s second tier.

The former Utrecht speedster made his Ipswich debut in the League Cup against Manchester United, playing a full game, and then made two consecutive league appearances, including a start against Huddersfield Town.

That game ended in disappointment, however, as Oar was subbed at half-time with what turned out to be concussion.

But McCarthy remains convinced Oar will succeed in the Championship.

“He’s doing great in training, he trained really well today, I was delighted with him, and I have been whenever he trains,” McCarthy said, according to

“But he himself has said that getting up to speed playing at what we play at, the pace that the game’s played at, has been difficult for him, and the sheer physicality of it. The tempo of the game, he’s just not used to playing at that.

“And then, of course, he played and he got concussed and played for 40 minutes not knowing where he was. I kept having to keep telling him his name’s Tommy Oar and he’s at Ipswich, he wasn’t quite sure.

“And then he got injured again, he hurt his knee, but he’s doing great in training, I’m delighted with him.”

Since the concussion, Oar has made two appearances off the bench for McCarthy’s side for a total of 10 minutes playing time.

The past two matches has seen Oar sit on the bench, and McCarthy concedes competition for places on the left has hurt the ex-Brisbane Roar youngster.

“I’m pleased with him, he’s been unfortunate, and we’ve played well, of course,” the former Republic of Ireland boss said.

“We’ve had Ryan Fraser playing there and Freddie Sears has gone and played there and been the star of the team from there, so it’s been difficult for him to get back in.”

With five games in the next 18 days for Ipswich, Oar may well get more opportunities.

Ipswich’s next fixture is against Massimo Luongo’s Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.

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Socceroo wrap: Tommy Oar debuts against Manchester United

Tommy Oar made his Ipswich Town debut against Manchester United.

Socceroo Tommy Oar made his debut for Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup against Manchester United overnight while Socceroo striker Tomi Juric netted his first goal for new club Roda JC Kerkrade.

Juric – who made his Eredivisie debut against Feyenoord at the weekend – started in Roda’s KNVB Beker clash with De Treffers, netting his side’s second in a comfortable 3-0 win.

Fellow Aussie Rostyn Griffiths also played the full match for Roda while former Perth Glory youngster Daniel De Silva came off the bench just after the hour mark.

Meanwhile, Socceroo winger Tommy Oar made his competitive debut for Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup, with Mick McCarthy’s side suffering a 3-0 loss to Premier League giants Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Oar impressed in a 90 minute performance for the Blues but it wasn’t enough as goals to Wayne Rooney, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial handed Louis Van Gaal’s side a 3-0 victory.


Elsewhere, James Holland got through a full game for MSV Duisburg but could do little as his side were thrashed 5-0 at home to Eintracht Braunschweig.

Tom Rogic backed up his goal-scoring performance against Dundee at the weekend with a substitute appearance in Celtic’s 2-0 League Cup win over Raith Rovers.

In Cup action elsewhere, Socceroo defender Tomislav Mrcela played 90 minutes for Lokomotiva Zagreb in their 8-0 drubbing of Nehaj in the HR Nogometni Cup.

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Socceroo Tommy Oar signs for Ipswich Town

Socceroo Tommy Oar fires a shot from distance against Kyrgyzstan.

Socceroos attacker Tommy Oar is set to sign with English Championship club Ipswich Town on a free transfer bringing an end to a five year stint in the Eredivisie.

The former Brisbane Roar star parted ways with Dutch club FC Utrecht at the end of last season after failing to come to terms on a contract extension.

Ipswich Town, who lead the standings in England’s second tier with three wins and a draw to start the season, confirmed the news overnight but haven’t revealed the length of the deal.

“We have watched Tommy a few times and checked him out on our scouting system,” said manager Mick McCarthy.

“We have done our due diligence on him and he will be a good signing for us.”

“I spoke to Jan Wouters [former Holland international], who worked with him at Utrecht, and he gave him a glowing report.

“He is quick and direct and puts some great crosses in. He does all the tracking back as well. I’m delighted to have him.

“He’s a full Australian international and he will add to the competition here.”

The 23-year-old will link up with his new club over the weekend and can look forward to coming up against fellow Socceroos Massimo Luongo, Adam Taggart and Jason Davidson throughout the season.

Oar is part of the Socceroos squad that will play Bangladesh in a FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifier in Perth on September 3 before travelling to face Tajikistan during the upcoming international break.



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