Sport

Socceroos need to step up to save face in East Asian Cup

Archie Gerald Thompson fends off Hong Kong defender Lee Chi Ho during the EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Qualifying match between Hong Kong and Australia at Mong Kok Stadium on December 3, 2012 in Hong Kong.
Archie Gerald Thompson fends off Hong Kong defender Lee Chi Ho during the EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Qualifying match between Hong Kong and Australia at Mong Kok Stadium on December 3, 2012 in Hong Kong. Gareth Gay / Getty Images

THE Socceroos will have to show some improvement in tonight's East Asian Cup qualifier with North Korea after scraping past lowly Hong Kong yesterday morning 1-0.

Veteran Brett Emerton only scored the winner in the 86th minute in a below-par performance against the No. 172 ranked side in the world - the lowest-ranked team Australia has ever had to face.

But there were some promising signs for Holger Osieck in the game in which Brisbane duo Ivan Franjic and Matthew Smith made their international debuts.

Newcastle Jets' Adam Taggart, 19, also made his first senior appearance at the Mong Kok Stadium, coming on for Archie Thompson.

And he had an almost immediate impact, cutting back a ball across goal, but no teammates were on hand to finish.

Then late on the Mariners' Tomas Rogic also had an impact straight after coming on for Richard Garcia, with his first touch a shot on goal.

North Korea's first East Asian Cup qualifier was a 5-0 thrashing of Guam.

Topics:  australia east asian cup football hong kong soccer socceroos



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Couple shares secret to the 'perfect' marriage

YOUNG FOREVER: North Ipswich couple Maurice and Elizabeth Young celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at Jets Leagues Club.

Maurice and Elizabeth true legends of North Ipswich

New Mormon church to uplift the lives of all

SPIRITUAL UPLIFT: The public and Mormon church members flocked to the public open day of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Augustine Heights.

Open day showcases awe inspiring building and community benefits

People power gets Ipswich-Rosewood line back up and running

FEEDBACK: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk found out how important the railway line was to Rosewood residents on a recent visit.

Premier intervenes to end a month of pain for commuters

Local Partners

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!