The Courier-Mail

Atomic Mass gets brag­ging rights over fel­low Roo

- IAN MCCULLOUGH

MAS­SIMO Luongo came out on top in the bat­tle of the Soc­ceroos yesterday when his QPR side beat Jason David­son’s Hud­der­s­field Town 1-0 in the English Cham­pi­onship.

Luongo was out­stand­ing in Rangers’ third vic­tory and set up the win­ning goal for Tjaronn Ch­ery when he out­paced David­son and squared the ball into the path of the Dutch in­ter­na­tional.

The midfielder, who joined the Lon­don club at the start of the sea­son, has been in sparkling form, help­ing his new club to fourth on the ta­ble with a third suc­ces­sive win thanks to three goal as­sists in four games from the Syd­neysider.

Luongo and David­son headed back to Aus­tralia soon af­ter the match for the Soc­ceroos’ World Cup qual­i­fier against Bangladesh on Thurs­day night in Perth.

Fel­low Soc­ceroos Tomi Rogic and Mathew Leckie also en­joyed good days, with the pair get­ting on the score­sheets in wins for Celtic and In­gol­stadt re­spec­tively.

Leckie scored the decisive goal for his side to main­tain their good start to the Bun­des- liga cam­paign in their de­but sea­son in the Ger­man top flight.

The 24-year-old winger curled a su­perb shot in­side the left-hand post to seal a 1-0 vic­tory over Augs­burg in the Bavar­ian derby.

In­gol­stadt coach Ralph Hasen­huttl praised Leckie and his team­mates for their at­ti­tude in grind­ing out the three points to move up to sev­enth on the ta­ble.

“We chose just the right ap­proach against these op­po­nents,” Hasen­huett said.

“I had a few wor­ries about us be­ing hin­dered at the back, but my boys were re­ally clever. I had the feel­ing we had a bet­ter grip on the game than Augs­burg and we had that lit­tle bit of luck you need to walk off as win­ners.”

For­mer Cen­tral Coast Mariners midfielder Rogic, who is putting an in­jury-rid­dled spell be­hind him, grabbed the sec­ond goal for Celtic in a 3-1 win over St John­stone with a su­perb solo ef­fort.

The re­sult moves the Bhoys to the top of the ta­ble af­ter Hearts lost to Hamil­ton.

Soc­ceroos de­fender Bai­ley Wright’s Pre­ston lost 2-0 at Hull in the Cham­pi­onship.

 ??  ?? SU­PERB: QPR midfielder Mas­simo Luongo.
SU­PERB: QPR midfielder Mas­simo Luongo.

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