Aussies Abroad Wrap: Strain scores his first professional goal with a superb free kick

Ryan Strain scored a fantastic free-kick to level the scores in St Mirren’s 3-2 loss to Ross County while Kye Rowles returned from injury with an appearance from the bench.

Check out our roundup of all the Australians Abroad action over the weekend!

Subway Socceroos and Olyroos abroad

UK

From Scotland, Ryan Strain played 90 minutes and scored a superb free-kick as St Mirren lost 3-2 to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Strain raised his eyebrows as he lined up a free kick from 30 yards out, but deftly lifted the ball over the wall and curled it into the top corner to grab a 10th-minute equalizer and his first goal professional.

Keanu Baccus also started and played 90 minutes.

Elsewhere in Scotland, Aziz Behich played another 90 minutes and registered an assist as Dundee United lost 4-2 to Celtic on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership. Dundee United remain in last place in the standings.

Aaron Moy was an unused substitute.

Cameron Devlin started and played 90 minutes while Nathaniel Atkinson came on in the 77th minute and Kye Rowles made a 90-minute return from injury with an appearance off the bench as Heart of Midlothian beat Motherwell 3-2 on Monday.

READ MORE: Aussies Abroad: Kye Rowles returns from injury

In England, Riley McGree started and played a full game as Middlesbrough drew 1-1 with Bristol City in the Championship on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the championship, Kenny Dougall started and played a full match as Blackpool lost 1-0 to Luton Town on Sunday.

Bailey Wright also started and played a full game as Sunderland lost 0-1 to Cardiff on Sunday while Tom Rogic was also an unused substitute as West Brom beat QPR 1-0 on Sunday.

Bailey Wright started and played a full game as Sunderland lost 0-1 to Cardiff on Sunday.

In injury news, Harry Soutar was an unused sub as Stoke City lost 1-2 to Birmingham City in the Championship on Sunday.

In the news of Olyroos Abroad, the guardian Nick Bilokapic featured on the bench as Huddersfield lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Sunday.

In Ligue 2, goalkeeper Jacob Chapman was an unused substitute as Salford City drew 0-0 with Peterborough in the FA Cup first round on Sunday.

Lachlan Creek started and played 90 minutes in the FA Cup first round as Crewe Alexandra beat Leyton Orient 1-0 on Sunday.

Europe

Starting with Germany, where Jackson Irvin started and played a full match as St Pauli lost 1-0 to Fortuna Dusseldorf in Bundesliga 2 on Saturday. Connor Metcalfe started on the bench but came on in the 70th minute.

In Belgium, Jason Davidson started and played another 90 minutes as KAS Eupen cruised to a resounding 2-0 victory over Standard Liege on Sunday. This victory places KAS Eupen in 14th place in the Belgian First Division A.

In France, Denis Genreau was an unused substitute as Toulouse FC lost 2-0 to Monaco on Monday. Toulouse currently sits 12th in the Ligue 1 table.

In Denmark, Joel King was an unused substitute as Odense Boldklub drew 1-1 with Brøndby IF on Monday.

In Series B, Fran Karacic started and played 90 minutes as Brescia Calcio drew 1-1 with Ascoli on Saturday. Brescia currently sit in eighth position and are seven points off the top.

In Spain, Awer Mabil was an unused substitute as Cadiz drew 0-0 at home to Getafe in La Liga on Sunday. Cadiz are still in the relegation zone but only on goal difference.

In Croatia, Tyrese Francois started and played 90 minutes as HNK Gorica lost 1-0 to NK Istra in the Croatian Football League.

Asia

In the J1 League, Mitch Langerak kept a clean sheet for Nagoya Grampus to close out the season with a 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday.

Other Australians in action

Europe

  • In Germany, John Iredale scored and played until half-time as SV Wehen Wiesbaden beat SV Meppen 3-0 away in 3. Liga.
  • In France, Alex Gersbach started and played 90 minutes as Grenoble FC beat Rodez 1-0 on Sunday in Ligue 2.
  • In Croatia, Deni Juric came off the bench in the 59th minute as HNK Gorica lost 1-0 to Istra 1961 on Saturday in the Croatian Football League.

UK

  • In Scotland, Marc Birighitti lined up in goal again as Dundee United lost 4-2 to Celtic on Sunday.
  • In England, Caleb Watts came on as a 76th-minute substitute as Morecambe lost 2-0 to Sheffield on Saturday in the FA Cup first round.
  • Elsewhere in the FA Cup first round, Jack Iredale started and played 90 minutes as Bolton Wanderers lost 2-1 to Barnsley on Sunday.

Christy J. Olson