Goodwin at the double as Adelaide United win FFA Cup
Published 31 October 2018
Adelaide United have become the first side to win the FFA Cup twice thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sydney FC.
United, who won the inaugural FFA Cup in 2014, avenged their defeat at the hands of the Sky Blues last year thanks to hometown hero Craig Goodwin.
Goodwin has been in incredible form so far this season, having netted in each round of the FFA Cup alongside a goal in the first round of A League fixtures last week, and his form continued on the biggest stage.
A tense game in the early stages was blown wide open thanks to a spectacular strike from Goodwin. Fouled some 25m from goal, Goodwin stepped up to take the free kick, curled it over the wall and into the top corner past a helpless Andrew Redmayne.
The dust had barely settled from Goodwin’s stunner when Sydney FC struck back. United defender Jordan Elsey’s poor back pass was pounced on by Sydney captain Alex Brosque who was brought down by Adelaide keeper Paul Izzo.
The referee pointed to the spot and Sydney new boy Adam Le Fondre dispatched the penalty for his third goal in three games.
Goodwin nearly broke the stalemate early in the second half with another free kick that narrowly missed the target.
With the game moving into its latter stages it was Goodwin who proved to be the hero with another stunning strike. The ball was whipped in from out wide and knocked down by United’s Ben Halloran before Goodwin stepped up with his weaker right foot and blasted the ball into the top corner.
“For me, it’s probably the best goal of my career,” Goodwin told Fox Sports. “Being in the final and with the timing — being on my right foot as well, it’s not something you’ll see too often on my right foot. [I’m] just really ecstatic to have had the impact I’ve had.”
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold was watching the game from the stands as Goodwin firmly put his name in the frame for a call-up to the national side thanks to a stellar performance. Substituted on the 91st minute, Goodwin was given a standing ovation as he left the field before the final whistle confirmed Adelaide’s victory.
Unsurprisingly, Goodwin was awarded the Mark Viduka medal for best on the ground following the game.
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