Maclaren strike seals Olyroos win over Korea

The Olyroos have ended their China tour on a high after beating Korea Republic 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Perth Glory’s Jamie Maclaren on Tuesday night in Wuhan.

The Glory striker’s goal came on 38 minutes after a defensive lapse saw a Korean defender’s clearance hit Maclaren with the ball rebounding into the net.

It was the least they deserved after a first half where the Korean keeper made a string of saves to keep out the Olyroos.

Melbourne Victory’s Connor Pain and Ryan Edwards of Reading with two of the best opportunities on goal in the first half.

The score remained 1-0 in the second half for the Olyroos to register their first win of the tournament.

This was the Olyroos’ third and final game of their China tour, a four-team tournament featuring the home nation as well as Brazil and Korea Republic.

The Olyroos’ first game on Friday night saw the Aussies draw 2-2 with Brazil.

Hero of that game was Corey Gameiro who scored the first goal and won the penalty converted by Mustafa Amini.

They then lost 3-1 to China PR on Sunday night. The Aussie goal scored by Dutch-based Travis Cooper. 

Coach Aurelio Vidma has used the tournament to prepare his side for next AFC U-22 Championship campaign which will double as the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Olyroos’ starting line up against Korea Republic:

John Hall, Corey Brown, James Donachie, Ryan Edwards, Corey Gameiro, Jackson Irvine, Kwame Yeboah, Steven Urgakovic, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Connor Pain, Shane D’Cunha.