Luongo scores past Federici in Owls win

Massimo Luongo (l) has scored his second goal for Sheffield Wednesday since joining the Owls.
Massimo Luongo (l) has scored his second goal for Sheffield Wednesday since joining the Owls.

A goal from Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo has given his English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win over lowly Stoke City.

Luongo scored past his former national teammate Adam Federici in the 43rd minute, to notch his second league goal of the campaign for the Owls.

The three points vaulted Wednesday to third on 23 points from 13 matches while Stoke are second from bottom on eight points - only above Barnsley by virtue of their superior goal difference.

Luongo exploited a mistake by substitute Liam Lindsay to put the hosts in front shortly before the interval but was forced off early in the second half due to an apparent ankle issue.

Federici, who has started Stoke's past four matches in favour of England international Jack Butland, was in the thick of the action at Hillsborough.

He made an early save to deny a tame Steven Fletcher header and kept Adam Reach's fierce low drive out before Luongo struck.

An ill-judged attempt at a clearance from Lindsay struck Luongo on the chest, sending the 27-year-old through one-on-one with Federici and he kept his cool to slot home the finish.

After the break Federici parried a Kadeem Harris shot from inside the box over his crossbar to keep his side in the game.

Meanwhile, Australian midfielder Kenneth Dougall played 72 minutes as his comeback from a broken leg continued in Barnsley's 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

The fringe Socceroo only returned to the field last weekend after he was injured in March.

Dougall started in the holding role in midfield at The Hawthorns and The Tykes led by two goals before West Brom hit back to earn a draw - the equaliser coming after the Brisbane native was replaced.

Australian Associated Press