Musialik scores Socceroo spot

Sydney FC’s Stuart Musialik thrilled fans at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night, scoring in the final seconds to secure a heart-stopping draw with Queensland Roar. His next goal is to make his isenior nternational debut with the Socceroos.

Sydney FC-s Stuart Musialik thrilled a crowd of 12,403 fans at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night, scoring in the final seconds of time-added-on to secure a heart-stopping 1-1 draw with the Queensland Roar and keep the pressure on Melbourne at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder.

The goal capped of a wonderful week for Musialik after he was named in the extended Socceroos squad last Wednesday for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Qatar on October 15.

“It felt pretty good you know it was my first goal for Sydney and mainly it was a bit of relief really,” said Musialik. “After last week (against Wellington) we were unlucky not to get a result and the same thing this week, I think we dominated the game and it would have been very disappointed not to get at least a point out of the game.”

Today the Olyroos- midfielder was further rewarded for his recent efforts, surviving the cut and retaining his place in the now 28-man Australian squad, which will head into camp in Brisbane tomorrow.

Sydney team-mate Shannon Cole was one of five Australian-based players trimmed from the side, despite putting in a strong performance against the Roar, with National Coach, Pim Verbeek watching on.

While there-ll be other opportunities for Cole, who-s just seven games into his Hyundai A-League career, Musialik is keen to secure a place in Australia-s final 15 for the clash with Qatar, and hopefully claim his first Socceroo cap.

“I-ve been in the squad a few times now and haven-t had the chance to make my debut,” said Musialik. “I-ve been on the bench twice without getting on the field, but if I keep working hard, hopefully my turn will come.”

Musialik and his Australian team-mates will have their first training session of the camp tomorrow afternoon at Brisbane’s Ballymore Oval.

The full 28-man Qantas Socceroo squad is as follows:

Jacob BURNS (FC Unirea Valahorum) Romania
Tim CAHILL (Everton) England
David CARNEY (Sheffield United FC) England
Scott CHIPPERFIELD (FC Basel ) Switzerland
Robert CORNTHWAITE (Adelaide United) Australia
Chris COYNE (Colchester Unite FC) England
Jason CULINA (PSV Eindhoven) Netherlands
Bruce DJITE (Genclerbirligi SK) Turkey
Brett EMERTON (Blackburn Rovers) England
Eugene GALEKOVIC (Adelaide United) Australia
Richard GARCIA (Hull City FC) England
Brett HOLMAN (AZ Alkmaar) Netherlands
Scott JAMIESON (Adelaide United ) Australia
Mile JEDINAK (Central Coast Mariners) Australia
Josh KENNEDY (Karlsruher SC) Germany
Scott MCDONALD (Celtic FC) Scotland
Craig MOORE (Queensland Roar) Australia
Stuart MUSIALIK (Sydney FC) Australia
Lucas NEILL (West Ham United FC) England
Jade NORTH (Newcastle Jets) Australia
Michael PETKOVIC (Sivasspor) Turkey
Paul REID (Adelaide United) Australia
Mark SCHWARZER (Fulham FC) England
Matthew SPIRANOVIC (FC Nurnberg) Germany
Shane STEFANUTTO (FC Lyn Oslo) Norway
Mile STERJOVSKI (Derby County FC) England
Archie THOMPSON (Melbourne Victory) Australia
Luke WILKSHIRE (FK Dinamo Moscow) Russia