Aussies abroad: Leckie and Oar shine, Davidson debuts for West Brom

Mathew Leckie and Tommy Oar produced match-winning performances, while Jason Davidson made his Premier League bow


Socceroos defender Jason Davidson made his Premier League debut, coming on as a substitute in West Bromwich's goalless draw with Southampton. The 23-year-old played the final half-hour at St Mary's and looked right at home in England's top-flight as the Baggies picked up their second point of the season.

Davidson became the 49th Aussie to play in England's top tier and follows in the footsteps of his father, Alan, who played for Nottingham Forest in the 1980's - the first Australian father-and-son combination to do so. The former Heracles defender could be in line for an extended run in Alan Irvine's side, with first-choice left-back Sebastien Pocognoli having come off injured on Saturday.

Mile Jedinak played 90 minutes and created an assist to get Crystal Palace back in the contest at home against West Ham. The Socceroos' skipper set-up Marouane Chamakh who blazed home a delightful goal but the manager-less Eagles slumped to their second straight defeat to start the season.

Chris Herd and Curtis Good were not a part of their respective squads as Aston Villa and Newcastle also played out a goalless draw, while goalkeeping pair Mark Schwarzer and Alex Cisak suffered the same fate for Chelsea and Burnley respectively.

Meanwhile Adam Federici and Ryan Edwards were on the wrong end of a 4-0 loss for Reading in the Championship, as Fulham's Ryan Williams had to endure a 5-1 thrashing at Derby County.

Scott McDonald also suffered a defeat as Millwall went down 1-0 to Rotherham, while in League One Brad Smith celebrated his senior Australia call up with a win, the left-back making a comeback from injury to help Swindon Town to a 2-0 triumph over Crewe Alexandra.

The 20-year-old, on loan from Liverpool, looks set to make his international debut in next month's friendlies. Team-mate and compatriot Massimo Luongo didn't play but has also been included in Ange Postecoglou's squad.

In other League One fixtures, Bailey Wright played 84 minutes in Preston North End's 1-0 win over Oldham with Neil Kilkenny remaining on the bench, while Shane Lowry did not see action in Leyton Orient's scoreless draw with Walsall.


Mathew Leckie starred on his return from injury, playing a role in both goals as Ingolstadt surged to their first win of the Bundesliga 2 season on Sunday night.

Making his first start since suffering an abdominal injury a fortnight ago, Leckie scored the first goal then set up his side's second as Ingolstadt won 2-0 over local rivals Greuther Furth.

His goal displayed everything that made Leckie one of the Socceroos' most exciting attacking players at the recent World Cup.

The 23-year-old showed his pace and power, producing a superb solo run before a clinical finish to give his side the lead just after the hour mark.

Leckie then did all the hard work before laying off to Pascal Gross, who hit a rasping low drive to seal the result eight minutes from time.

In Germany's top division, Mitch Langerak earned a rare start in goals for Borussia Dortmund on the Bundesliga's opening day.

Unfortunately it was an unhappy start for both Langerak and his club as they lost 2-0 at home to Robbie Kruse's Bayer Leverkusen. The Socceroos keeper recorded the dubious honour of conceding the league's fastest ever goal, with Leverkusen opening the scoring after just nine seconds.

Kruse was absent as he seeks to regain match fitness in his comeback from surgery but is another player that will look to play a part in Australia's upcoming internationals.

In Bundesliga 2, Ben Halloran was dragged at half-time as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 2-0 at home to Karlsruher.

Across the border in Netherlands, Tommy Oar produced a man-of-the-match effort in Utrecht's 2-1 away win over Luke Wilkshire's Feyenoord.

After his side went behind in the first half, Oar provided the assists for both of Utrecht’s goals as they pulled off a massive upset at the De Kuip Stadium.

Oar overpowered Ruben Schaken down the left wing before laying the ball off perfectly Nacer Barazite to equalize.

The Socceroo winger then showed all his speed and class for the second, picking up the ball in his own half, running 40 metres at a retreating defence before threading a superb through-ball for eighteen year old substitute Rodney Antwi to finish.

Elsewhere, Trent Sainsbury came on in the last 10-minutes as his PEC Zwolle side scored late to win 2-1 against Vitesse Arnhem.

Mat Ryan's Club Brugge had a disappointing night, toppled 3-1 by Mechelen, while James Holland played a full match for Austria Vienna in their 2-2 derby draw against Rapid Vienna.

In Portugal, Adama Traore played a full-game as Vitoria Guimaraes defeated Penafiel 3-0 to move second in Liga Sagres, while Caleb Patterson-Sewell was on the bench for Gil Vicente's 2-0 defeat at Vitoria Setubal.


Josh Kennedy, Alex Wilkinson and Ryan McGowan all saw weekend action in Asia as their respective leagues continue their seasons. Kennedy's Nagoya Grampus picked up a point in Japan, while McGowan's Shandong outfit also recorded a draw in China. Wilkinson's Jeonbuk Motors slumped to a 2-1 home defeat but they still retained top spot in the K League.

Elsewhere in South Korea, Alex Jovanovic was involved in Jeju United's draw, while Luke DeVere played 55 minutes in Gyeongnam's stalemate with Pohang Steelers, while in China, Jonas Salley helped Guizhou Renhe to victory and Josh Mitchell played a full game in Liaoning Whowin's triumph.

North America

Tim Cahill came off midway through the second half of New York Red Bulls' 4-2 triumph over Montreal Impact in the MLS, while Andy Rose played the last 10 minutes in Seattle Sounders 4-2 victory at Portland Timbers.