Tim Cahill has enjoyed a successful first appearance in his return to Millwall, grabbing a goal for the under-23s side in a 3-2 win over Coventry City.
Despite being 38 years old, the veteran Socceroo was allowed to take the pitch, with rules allowing for each side to field three overage outfield players in their starting line-up.
The ex-Melbourne City player re-joined his former club last week, after leaving the A-League in an attempt to get more game time before Australia’s World Cup campaign.
His close-range finish in the first half gave the Lions a 2-1 lead before the teams went to the half-time break at 2-2, a stalemate looming until Millwall grabbed a 90th minute winner – fellow Australian Kristian Brymora scored Millwall’s opening goal. Brymora, 19, joined the club from the Newcastle Jets in August of 2017.
Millwall’s first team have an FA Cup match against Rochdale tomorrow night (Wednesday morning in Australia) before a quick turnaround sees them take on Cardiff just 72 hours later in a game that Cahill could feature in – but last week manager Neil Harris was quick to warn fans that it could be a little while before we see the Australian back in the top squad.
“He’s not going to be fit for a couple of weeks,” Harris said last week.
“He’s not done a lot in the last seven weeks since leaving Oz, so we’re going to have to be patient with him.”
The London-based club are sitting right in the middle of England’s second tier, with nine wins, 11 draws and 10 losses from their 30 games so far. They will have at least 17 more games this season, giving Australia’s all-time leading scorer plenty of opportunities for regular football before the national team heads to Russia in June.