A-League powers the Socceroos

In a boost for the reputation of the Hyundai A-League, all four scorers for the Socceroos in their victory over Bangladesh in Thursday night's 2018 World Cup qualifier got their break in the competition.

Former Adelaide United flyer Mathew Leckie got the scoring started on six minutes. The Bundesliga-based forward was electric all night and can thank the A-League for developing his game before his move overseas. 

Then former Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory player Tom Rogic got in on the act with the second, with the third goal of the night credited as an own-goal.

The Celtic star's return to the Socceroos was the story of the night and he too was a rising star of the A-League before the Scottish powerhouse snapped him up. 

The reigning A-League Player of the Year Nathan Burns slotted home his first for the Socceroos and the fourth on the night.

The now J-League based star began his career at Adelaide, like Leckie, before spells with Newcastle and most recently Wellington Phoenix. 

And to cap a wonderful night for the A-League, current Melbourne City marquee Aaron Mooy pulled out a moment of magic with a long-range howitzer just on the hour mark to make it five. 

Mooy has blossomed in the A-League at first Wanderers and now City after his career began in Scotland. 

Burns was one of a number of impressive performers against Bangladesh, thriving from the service from the likes of Rogic, Massimo Luongo and Mooy from midfield. 

After his maiden Socceroos goal, Burns was over the moon.

“I’m so happy. It doesn’t matter who it’s against for me,” he told www.socceroos.com.au.

“It’s a milestone in my career, I’m very excited and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Leckie was also as over the moon with his Socceroo goal, which was a nicely taken opportunistic strike.  

After scoring his first Bundesliga goal for his club last weekend, Leckie conceded it was a relief to add to his national team tally.

“It’s obviously been a while for the national team so it was exciting," he said.

“The result was very good as well. It’s been a while since we beat a team 5-0, it was good fun last night.”

Rogic was full of smiles after the game after finally getting off the mark for the Socceroos.

“It’s a really proud moment and I was just enjoying every minute,” he told Fox Sports after the game.