GOALKEEPER Mathew Ryan is the latest Mariner to represent the Qantas Socceroos while contracted to the Club following his debut appearance for the senior men’s national team against DPR Korea overnight.
Mathew Ryan made his debut appearance for the Qantas Socceroos overnight
GOALKEEPER Mathew Ryan is the latest Mariner to represent the Qantas Socceroos while contracted to the Club following his debut appearance for the senior men-s national team against DPR Korea overnight.
Holger Osieck-s team were held to a 1-1 draw at the Hong Kong Stadium against their able opponents and unfortunately now face an uphill battle to finish first in the group of five sides and qualify for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Finals tournament to be held in Korea Republic next July.
Ryan, however, can be proud of his first 90 minutes between the sticks for the Qantas Socceroos. The Mariners custodian put in a competent shift in front of a small crowd, showing many of the attributes aficionados of the yellow and navy have come to love at Bluetongue Stadium.
Central Coast Mariners- other national team squad member, Tomas Rogic, received his third international cap against the North Koreans.
As in the first match of the EAFF East Asian Cup Qualifying tournament, Rogic came on as a second half substitute for Osieck-s team – again replacing Melbourne Heart ace Richard Garcia.
Mathew Ryan became the 555th player ever to represent the Qantas Socceroos in the match.
View the match highlights below
All of Australia-s games at the EAFF East Asian Cup qualifying tournament are being shown live on The World Game website (www.theworldgame.com.au).
Friday 7 December
Qantas Socceroos vs. Guam
Sunday 9 December
Qantas Socceroos vs. Chinese Taipei