Cahill in strik­ing dis­tance of goal record

Geelong Advertiser - - WARRNAMBOOL - TOM WALD

SOCCEROOS great Mark Sch­warzer says long- time t eam­mate Tim C a h i l l de­serves to be­come Aus­tralia’s great­est in­ter­na­tional goalscorer.

The for­mer Ever­ton player is only three goals away from Damian Mori’s na­tional record of 29 fol­low­ing his 80thminute goal in Aus­tralia’s 2-1 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win over Iraq in Doha.

The scor­ing charts for Aus­tralia have been skewed be- cause of the num­ber of goals com­ing against Ocea­nia min­nows — for­mer NSL marks­man Mori net­ted 23 times against such op­po­si­tion.

Sch­warzer backed the 32-year-old Cahill to cap­ture the mark, say­ing such a record de­served to be­long to one o f the Socceroos’ great­est con­trib­u­tors.

‘‘He’s a phe­nom­e­nal player and he’s been a phe­nom­e­nal player for Aus­tralia and for who­ever he’s played for throughout his ca­reer, whether it be Mill­wall, Ever­ton or now New York Red Bulls,’’ Sch­warzer said.

‘‘Records are there to be bro­ken and it would be very fit­ting if Timmy did break it and I’m sure he will.’’

Cahill had bet­ter keep scor­ing, as good mate Archie Thomp­son is hot on his tail af­ter im­prov­ing his record to 24 goals in 41 in­ter­na­tion­als with the win­ner.

Socceroos coach Hol­ger Osieck is set to re­ally give youth a chance fol­low­ing the win, how­ever.

While the fa­mil­iar names of Cahill and Thomp­son graced the score sheet, Osieck was par­tic­u­larly heart­ened by the per­for­mance and at­ti­tude of the younger play­ers.

Rob­bie Kruse showed he was fast be­com­ing one of Aus­tralia’s most valu­able play­ers, while Gee­long’s cen­tral de­fender Matthew Spi­ra­novic barely put a foot wrong.

Tommy Oar, mak­ing his first Socceroos ap­pear­ance for 21 months, made ev­ery minute of his cameo count, in­clud­ing set­ting up the win­ner.

Tim Cahill

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