Hibs star Martin Boyle nets his first worldwide goals for Australia

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2018

He only touched down in Australia for the first time last week, but Martin Boyle has quickly left his mark for the Socceroos starring in a 3-0 win over Lebanon on Tuesday in Tim Cahill's testimonial.

The tie also marked Oz legend Tim Cahill's 108th and last cap for his country as he retired from global football.

Two years later in Germany, he became the first Australian to net a goal at the World Cup, going on to score in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments as well. But will Tim Cahill make an impact or will it be more of a cameo?

Born in Sydney to a Samoan mother, Cahill started his worldwide career playing for the Western Samoa under-20s and only became a Socceroo in 2004 after an intense lobbying campaign to world body Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"There's a lot more to come, the movement is getting there".

"Any global side would be a pleasure to play in". "He was very keen to do it and he's fit into the group so well".

Just like they did against Korea Republic on the weekend, the Socceroos attacked from the first whistle and were rewarded when Boyle opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a deflected long range shot.

His second was a tap-in four minutes before halftime after Milos Degenek had glanced Aaron Mooy's corner onto the crossbar with a powerful header.

The 25-year-old, who would go on to score twice and assist another as Australia defeated Lebanon, made a decision to switch allegiances after failing to break into the Scotland national set-up.

"Thanks to the backroom stuff and Arnie for giving me this opportunity".

Mustafa Amini and Jackson Irvine were called into the midfield and Boyle, Juric and Awer Mabil provided a new strikeforce.

Jimmy Jeggo made his Socceroos debut off the bench late in the game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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