Socceroos down Jamaica

Goals from Parma midfielder Marco Bresciano and Liverpool star Harry Kewell gave the Socceroos a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in a friendly at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

Goals from Marco Bresciano and Harry Kewell gave the Socceroos a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in a friendly at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, England.

In an open game, Parma midfielder Bresciano grabbed his first goal for Australia when he opened the scoring with a fine finish on 19 minutes, only for Kevin Lisbie to prod home two minutes later after some good work by Ricardo Fuller.

The goal brought Jamaica back into the game, Fuller causing the Socceroos all sorts of problems, but Australia soon got back on top with Kewell coming close on three occasions.

Australia brought goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac on at the break, and soon after the restart Josip Skoko came close with a left-foot shot that he screwed just wide.

But on 58 minutes Kewell, who tormented the Jamaican defence all game, got on the end of a superb pass from skipper Paul Okon, running from the halfway line before slotting the ball past the Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Rickets.

"I?m very happy," Farina told Soccer Australia afterwards. "We played very well, created a lot of opportunities, although we made it hard for ourselves by not taking more of them."

"This is arguably one of the best Australian squads of all-time, especially when you take into consideration that a quite a number have over seven years experience with the national team and two World Cup campaigns behind them."

"I very happy with the number of chances we are creating in our matches. I would be worried if we weren?t creating."

Australia: Mark Schwarzer (Zeljko Kalac 46?); Lucas Neill, Stephen Laybutt, Tony Vidmar, Kevin Muscat, Paul Okon, Josip Skoko, Marco Bresciano, Scott Chipperfield, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka (Mile Sterjovski 85?)
Source: Sportal