Former players wrap: 28/07/2014

With the European League’s not far from recommencing, there’s a host of pre-season friendlies going on currently. Robbie Kruse played 10 minutes off the bench for Leverkusen in a 1-1 draw with Aachen. Adam Sarota played half an hour off

Sarota in pre-season (telegraaf.nl)

Sarota in pre-season (telegraaf.nl)

the bench in Utrecht’s 3-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon. Tommy Oar wasn’t involved. Ben Halloran played 45 minutes for Düsseldorf in a 4-1 win over Wigan. Alistair Quinn has dropped down from Eredivise side NAC Breda to join Jupiler League side SC Telstar, and played the second half of their recent 2-0 pre-season win over Bnei Yehuda. Recently departed midfielder Julius Davies starts his first season at Romanian side Otelul Galati next weekend with a trip to Dinamo Bucaresti. They rounded out their preparations with a 2-2 draw against Braila. One European league that has already started is the Swiss Super League, and Dario Vidosic came on with 10 minutes remaining in FC Sion’s 1-0 win over St. Gallen. Sion sits third on the Swiss Super league table after the opening two rounds.

Recently departed back-up keeper Matty Acton played 90 minutes for Yangon United against Yadanarbon 2-1. Yangon sit second in the Myanmar National League table after 15 rounds. In Thailand, Muanthong United lost 2-1 to Bangkok Glass, with Erik Paartalu missing with a quad injury. Former Youth team defender Albert Edward has moved across to USL Pro League side Wilmington Hammerheads and played 65 minutes in their 0-0 draw with Arizona United. Wilmington sits 6th after 16 rounds of the competition. Finally, former Brisbane flyer Tahj Minnieccon has signed for NSWPL side Rockdale City Suns following his release from Western Sydney. Sadly, after what was a blistering start to his career here in Brisbane, it seems like Tahj’s career at the top level of the game has come to an end. It’s a shame really, he looked every bit as talented as Zullo, Kruse and Oar, all of whom are now Socceroos and playing overseas.

In the women’s game, Clare Polkinghorne’s Kobe Leonessa hosted Elise Kellond-Knight and Tameka Butt’s IGA FC, with Polkinghorne’s side coming out 2-1 winners. Polkinghorne and Kellond-Knight played 90 minutes, while Butt was an unused sub. Kobe sit 4th with 3 rounds to play, while IGA FC sits 9th.

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