Juric stands up for Adelaide United

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Adelaide United forward Tomi Juric has stood up in the absence of star winger Craig Goodwin to deliver his side their first ever away finals victory.

The 29-year-old scored twice inside the opening 20 minutes of the match to edge out a spirited Brisbane Roar 2-1 in an elimination final at Moreton Daily Stadium on Sunday.

Adelaide United coach Carl Veart said, in the post-match press conference, he was thrilled Juric was able to turn up in a big game.

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“Tomi was tremendous tonight in that first half. We knew that he would come good, the goals he scored is the reason why we got him here,” Veart said.

“He stood up in the big games so you can’t ask any more from him. That’s what you want, you want your quality players and that’s what Tomi is.”

The Reds chances of beating the Roar suffered a huge blow pre-game when star winger Goodwin was ruled out of the match due to an ankle injury he suffered at training.

Despite missing their most creative asset, Veart put his faith in players like Juric and left-back Ryan Kitto who both ended up playing instrumental roles in the side’s victory.

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“We work pretty hard on the training track with our playing group to make sure that they understand the way we want to play, when someone goes out the next one comes in,” Veart said.

“It’s credit to the players that they can do that.”

Goodwin could potentially be rushed back into the side before their semi-final clash against the back-to-back reigning champions Sydney FC on Saturday.

“He will have a scan on Tuesday, he’s already had an x-ray and there was no break there. The way he went down and the pain that he was in didn’t look good,” Veart said.

“We can keep our fingers crossed and hopefully it’s not too bad.”

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While the result against Brisbane was a positive one, Veart’s side must quickly turn their attention to next week in what will be a challenging match against the Sky Blues.

“We have confidence and we’ve had some good results this year against Sydney,” Veart said.

“They’ve been the best team in the A-League for the past few years so it’s a big challenge for us but I’m sure our boys can step up and take it.”

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.
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