A pair of hat tricks highlight this week’s Aussies Abroad wrap as we count down to the Asian Cup. Taylor Tombides, on loan at English Isthmian Premier League club Canvey Island from West Ham, hit a hat trick on his debut for his new club, while Tolgay Ozbey also netted three times in an Indian Federation Cup game.
Elsewhere, Scott McDonald put in a star performance for Millwall in the FA Cup, scoring one goal and setting up another, defender Jackson Ivrine scored a rare goal in the Scottish Premier League, and Apostolis Giannou also got on the scoresheet in Greece.
In the English Premier League, Chris Herd was missing for Aston Villa due to Socceroos commitments while Mile Jedinak was also missing for Crystal Palace due to Socceroos commitments as the sides played out a 0-0 draw. Brad Jones was missing due to injury for both matches as Liverpool FC first won 4-1 at home to Swansea City before being held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Leicester City. Jason Davidson was missing due to Socceroos commitments as West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 away to West Ham United. Mark Schwarzer was not in the squad for Chelsea FC as they lost 5-3 away to Tottenham Hotspur. Curtis Good was also not in the squad as Newcastle United played out a 3-3 draw with Burnley FC.
In the Championship in England, Cameron Burgess and Adam Taggart were not in the squad as Fulham FC lost 2-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.
In the English League One, Shane Lowry played a full match as Leyton Orient won 3-0 away to Yeovil Town. Massimo Luongo was missing due to Socceroos commitments as Swindon Town drew 2-2 away to Fleetwood Town.
In League Two in England, Alex Cisak played a full match and kept a clean sheet as York City played out a goalless draw with Plymouth Argyle. James Wesolowski came on in the 67th minute as Shrewsbury Town lost 1-0 away to Burton Albion, for whom Shane Cansdell-Sherriff was not in the squad.
In the third round of the FA Cup in England, Scott McDonald played a full match, scored one goal and set up another as Millwall FC were held to a 3-3 draw at home to League One side Bradford City, for whom James Meredith played a full match. Bailey Wright played a full match while Neil Kilkenny was an unused substitute as Preston North End lost 2-0 at home to Championship side Norwich City. Mitchell Austin played until the 82nd minute as Southport FC lost 1-0 at home to Championship side Derby County. Rhys Williams was in the starting eleven but was substituted in the 5th minute due to injury as Middlesbrough FC beat fellow Championship side Barnsley FC 2-0. Adam Federici was an unused substitute while Ryan Edwards was not in the squad for Reading FC as they won 1-0 away to Huddersfield Town. Jason Davidson was missing due to Socceroos commitments for West Bromwich Albion in their crushing 7-0 win over Gateshead FC, for whom Alex Baird was not in the squad. Both Cameron Burgess and Adam Taggart were not in the squad for Fulham FC as they played out a scoreless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Curtis Good was also not in the squad as Newcastle United lost 1-0 away to fellow Premier League side Leicester City. Chris Herd was missing for Aston Villa due to Socceroos commitments as they won 1-0 against Championship side Blackpool FC. Mile Jedinak was also missing due to Socceroos commitments as Crystal Palace won 4-0 away to Dover Athletic.
In the Conference Premier in England, Alex Grant played a full match as Macclesfield Town won 2-1 away to Grimsby Town. Aaron Downes played a full match as Torquay United drew 1-1 with Alfreton Town. Lee Burns played a full match as Dartford FC lost 2-1 at home to Kidderminster Harriers. In matches played earlier in the week, Downes again played a full match as Torquay were held to a 1-1 draw away to Bristol Rovers. Burns also played a full match as Dartford lost 3-0 away to Braintree Town.
In the English Conference South, Jeremy Walker played until the 62nd minute as Concord Rangers won 1-0 at home to Staines Town. Shane Huke was missing due to injury for Ebbsfleet United as they won 3-1 away to Boreham Wood. In matches played earlier in the week, Walker was an unused substitute for Concord as they won 2-1 away to Bromley FC. Huke was not in the squad as Ebbsfleet lost 2-0 at home to Chelmsford FC.
In the Isthmian Premier League in England, Taylor Tombides played a full match and scored a hat-trick as Canvey Island lost 4-3 at home to Bury Town.
In the English Evo-Stik Division One South, Greg Downes was an unused substitute as Romulus FC lost 2-1 at home to Sutton Coldfield Town.
In the Scottish Premier League, Jackson Irvine played a full match as Ross County drew 1-1 with Dundee FC. Earlier in the week, Irvine came on in the 42nd minute and scored his side’s only goal as County lost 3-1 at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
In the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Caleb Patterson-Sewell was an unused substitute as Gil Vicente lost 5-1 at home to giants FC Porto.
In the Turkish SuperLig, Aziz Behich was missing due to Socceroos commitments as Bursaspor won 3-1 at home to Akhisar Belediyespor.
In round four of the Turkish Kupasi, Behich was again missing due to Socceroos commitments as Bursaspor played out a 1-1 draw with Samsunspor.
In the Greek Superleague, Apostolis Giannou played a full match and scored the opening goal of the game as Panionios GSS lost 3-2 away to PAOK Salonica. Theo Markelis was not in the squad as PAE Veria lost 3-1 at home to Panetolikos.
In the Maltese Premier League, Adrian Zahra was not in the squad as Valletta FC won 3-2 away to Qormi FC.
In the Indian Federation Cup, Milan Susak played a full match as East Bengal played out a 0-0 draw with Mumbai FC. Tolgay Ozbey played until the 75th minute and scored a hat-trick as Dempo FC won 4-1 at home to Sporting Goa, for whom Jerry Karpeh was missing due to injury. Sean Rooney played until the 74th minute as Bengaluru FC won 1-0 at home to Shillong Lajong. In matches played earlier in the week, Susak again played a full match as East Bengal won 1-0 away to Royal Wahingdoh. Rooney also played a full match as Bengaluru played out a scoreless draw with Mohun Bagan AC. Ozbey played a full match and set up the only goal of the game as Dempo won 1-0 at home to East Bengal, for whom Susak played a full match. Karpeh did not play as Sporting Goa lost 1-0 at home to Mumbai FC, and he was also missing due to injury in Goa’s 2-1 win at home to Royal Wahingdoh.
In the United Arab Emirates League Cup, Brett Holman played until the 81st minute for Al Nasr as they won 2-1 away to Ajman Club.
As the January transfer window opens, one Aussie who is on the move is Mark Schwarzer, who has joined Leicester City until the end of the 2015-16 season. The former Socceroos goalkeeper signed with the Foxes after not featuring this season for EPL leaders Chelsea.comments