Socceroos too good for Kyrgyzstan

Lack of conviction in front of goal hasn’t stopped the Socceroos from claiming a 3-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan.

The win moves the Socceroos within one point of Group B leaders Jordan and was the first match the Socceroos have played in Canberra since 2011.

The Canberra locals were keen to show their support for the national team as well as local boy Tom Rogic, with a 19,412 strong crowd braving the stormy weather.

However the crowd was made to wait longer than they should have due to some poor finishing from the home side; the quality of finishing a source of frustration for coach Ange Postecoglou.

“I would have preferred to have won 10-nil, and we should have, if you look at the chances we created.”

While the Socceroos’ finishing was not at its best, Kyrgyzstan keeper Matiash Pavel had a game to remember, making 10 saves.

His performance in the opening half an hour gave Socceroos fans concerns that it would be one of those frustrating matches, but some clumsy defending in the 38th minute opened the door for the Socceroos. Substitute Nathan Burns was brought down in the box, allowing captain Mile Jedinak to step up from the penalty spot and drive home the opener.

It wouldn’t be a Socceroos match without a goal from Tim Cahill and it took him just five minutes into the second half to get on the scorecard.

Trademark anticipation from Jedinak in the middle of the park saw him steal the ball in midfield, then playing the ball into Aaron Mooy. The attacking midfielder had the vision and skill to slide a ball between two Kyrgyzstan defenders to Cahill who composed himself before placing the ball across the keeper.

Australia had their third goal in the 70th minute courtesy of a Kyrgyzstan own goal, from Amirov Ildar, heading a Mooy corner past Pavel.

The win sees James Meredith off to a winning start to his international career. The 27 year-old Bradford City defender, playing the full 90 minutes at left back, showed plenty going forward, while giving nothing away at the back.

The Socceroos next match will be on the 17th of November away to Bangladesh.

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John joined The Football Sack in 2014 covering Canberra United in the Westfield W-League.