Heart players bask in Socceroos rout

Melbourne Heart FC players, past and present, were among the goals for the Qantas Socceroos last night as current players Michael Marrone and Richard Garcia, alongside former prodigy Eli Babalj, contributed four of Australia’s nine goals.

Melbourne Heart FC players, past and present, were among the goals for the Qantas Socceroos last night as current players Michael Marrone and Richard Garcia, alongside former prodigy Eli Babalj, contributed four of Australia-s nine goals.

The Socceroos took lowly Guam to the sword, rounding out the match 9-0 to keep Holger Osieck-s hopes of qualifying for the 2013 East Asian Cup alive.

Heart right-back Michael Marrone made his Socceroos debut and it didn-t take long for the number 2 to advance forward to find the net.

Cutting in from the right, Marrone produced a superb low left-footed drive after Aaron Mooy had also opened his account on debut and Babalj had netted his first.

Former Heart striker Babalj, who top-scored for the Club last season, found the net in both halves on just his second appearance for the national team.

Babalj momentarily thought he had doubled the Socceroos- lead after Mooy-s free-kick in the 11th minute, but was ruled offside.

But when Marrone fed his former teammate in the 20th minute, Babalj doubled the advantage.

The score-line blew out to 8-0 by the 70th minute, before Garcia, who came on with 10 minutes to spare for Matt McKay, put the icing on the cake with a clever run and finish with his first touches.

Heart left-back Aziz Behich, who has already appeared for the Socceroos in the qualifying tournament, came on in the second half.