The Australian soccer team beat Hong Kong by three goals to nil in an Asian zone World Cup qualifying match in Adelaide on Sunday (10 July).
The Australian soccer team beat Hong Kong by three goals to nil in an Asian zone World Cup qualifying match in Adelaide on Sunday (10 July). It was the first of eight Asian zone matches Australia have to play to qualify for the World Cup finals in Argentina in 1978.
SYNOPSIS: The first 20 minutes of the match produced little attractive football, with players on both sides producing bad passes. But in the 27th minute, Australia improved their game after midfield player Dave Harding started a move with a 50 metre run to the half-way line. Fellow midfielder Jimmy Rooney, full-back Harry Williams and striker Peter Ollerton all touched the ball in a move that ended with striker John Kosmina beating Hong Kong goalkeeper Chu Kwok Kuen.
The goal brought the 17,000 crowd to their feet, and spurred on by the score, the Australians dominated the second half. Less than a minute after the resumption of play, midfielder Murray Barnes made a good run from the half-way line. The Hong Kong goalkeeper had no answer to his hard 25 metre shot.
Goalkeeper Chu had stopped several Australian shots in the first half, and almost single-handedly kept his side in the game.
After these near-misses, Australia further increased their lead in the 83rd minute. From a free kick, Peter Ollerton headed the ball against the Hong Kong goalpost and John Kosmina rammed home the rebound. The two points places Australia third in the Asian zone qualifying table, while Hong Kong remain bottom, having lost all three matches they have played.