Wednesday 23 August 2017 / 01:00 AM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: FOOTBALL

Commentary Box Sports brings you a wrap of last week’s action involving Aussies and Kiwis playing over in Europe.

Football

Several of our best home-grown talents got back into club action after representing Australia and New Zealand in FIFA World Cup qualifying last week.

One of those players, Burton Albion’s Jackson Irvine, returned to England to become the hero for his side, coming off the bench just after the hour mark to score the only goal in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the Championship.

Huddersfield also had a Socceroo take the field, with Aaron Mooy playing a full match for Town.

Chris Wood headed home early from the New Zealand national camp and played a full match for Leeds United as they went down to 1-0 to Reading, in a loss which bumps the promotion-hopefuls down to fifth position

Having already been named in the Championship Team of the Year, Wood has also been shortlisted for the overall Player of the Year award.

Over in Scotland, Gold Coast product Lyndon Dykes came off the bench to score a goal and assist another for Queen of the South in a 4-2 win against Dundee United.

Scott McDonald played for Motherwell FC in a 1-1 tie with Rangers and Ryan Edwards helped Partick Thistle to a 2-1 triumph over Ross County.

In Belgium, Mathew Ryan kept a clean sheet in another solid showing between the sticks for Genk in a 4-0 over Lokeren.

Meanwhile following his two-goal heroics for the All Whites against Fiji last week, Ryan Thomas returned to play limited minutes for his PEC Zwolle team as they drew 1-all with Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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