Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Martin Boyle: 'Fantastic' Hibs winger scores twice in first Australia start

Martin Boyle: 'Fantastic' Hibs winger scores twice in first Australia start

Tim Cahill brought the curtain down on his worldwide career in Australia's 3-0 win over Lebanon on Tuesday.

In 15 years as an global, Cahill scored five goals at four editions of the World Cup finals - including the first ever by an Australian - and also helped the Socceroos to their Asian Cup triumph on home soil in 2015.

He played alongside South Sudanese refugee Awer Mabil and added a spark that the Socceroos have been missing since Cahill announced his retirement at the end of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The lack of a consistent goalscorer has always been earmarked as a problem for Australia in the post-Cahill era but Boyle, whose father was born in Sydney, indicated that he might be at least part of the solution.

He made it 2-0 on 41 minutes after toe-poking home the rebound after Milos Degenek's header hit the bar.

He also provided the assist as Matthew Leckie netted the third soon after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Even former Socceroos captain Paul Wade was disappointed.

"It's the first time I've cried on a football field and I'm proud of it", he said after the final whistle, wiping away tears.

There were some light hearted moments from the bench as Cahill got the crowd going when the cameras spotted him tying his boots, with the cheers getting more raucous as he did his warm-ups.

Cahill was given guard of honour by his teammates after full-time during a special presentation.

Aberdeen-born ex-Montrose winger Martin Boyle has scored his first goals for Australia. "He was very keen to do it and he's fit into the group so well".

Tim Cahill embraces his mother Sisifo Cahill after playing his final match for Australia against Lebanon. He now plies his trade in the Indian Premier League.

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