Goodwin double steers Adelaide United past the Roar

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Adelaide United have bested Brisbane Roar 3-1 after coming from behind in a fiery A-League Men clash between the two sides on Sunday night in Brisbane. 

With both teams searching for consistency, starting well was key. 

Brisbane captain Jay O’Shea let everyone know they were here to play, firing off a shot inside the opening minute although it never looked destined for the Adelaide goal.

Continuing the attacking start from O’Shea, Brisbane opened the scoring inside the first two minutes via Nikola Mileusnic.

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Mileusnic followed on from an O’Shea flick and pounced on a poor defensive touch to stroll inside the 18-yard box and slot the ball past Joe Gauci with ease. 

Adelaide worked hard to get back into the game after going down so early.

The Reds were creating chances but their attackers couldn’t quite seem to link up with one another smoothly in the 18-yard box. 

Their pressure paid off in the end however.

An attempted clearance from Brisbane ricocheted back into the arm of defender Scott Neville and the referee awarded a free kick on the absolute edge of the box much to the protest of the Adelaide players who wanted a penalty. 

The VAR had a long look at the incident and referee Jonathan Barreiro was called over to the screen where he overturned his initial call of a free kick outside the box and awarded a penalty to Adelaide United.

Craig Goodwin made no mistake rifling it into the bottom right hand corner, sending Macklin Freke the wrong way. 

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Adelaide, energised by their goal, pressured Brisbane all over the pitch making it hard for them to push the ball forward.

Mileusnic had a great chance to return Brisbane’s lead and double his tally for the day.

O’Shea played a crisp ball through the middle for Mileusnic to run onto, again putting him one-on-one with the on-rushing keeper but his chip was sent wide of the post. 

Right on the cusp of half-time, Mileusnic was given a second chance; being sent through one-on-one with the keeper but he couldn’t organise his feet before Gauci put it out for a corner. 

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Coming out of half-time Adelaide were firing.

A driving run from Ryan Kitto less than two minutes into the half saw him reach the Brisbane box.

His effort was rewarded with a penalty after he was brought down from behind inside the box.

Stefan Mauk stayed calm amongst a sea of boos from the Brisbane crowd and rolled the ball into the net with Freke again diving the wrong way. 

The game heated up more and more as Brisbane searched for a way back with both sets of players flexing their physicality.

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Mauk received a chorus of boos everytime he went near the ball having been given a yellow card for time wasting midway through the second half.

Adelaide seemed to have the rub of the referee’s whistle in the second-half as the Brisbane crowd became more hostile towards the ambiguous calls going against them.

Matti Steinmann came close to drawing Brisbane level with a clever flicked header that only just ballooned over the Adelaide crossbar. 

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Goodwin sealed the game in the 85th minute catching Brisbane on the break as they pushed more numbers forward looking for an equaliser.

Running in from the right flank, he weaved past the single Brisbane defender chasing back and calmly slotted the ball inside the right-hand post beyond the out-stretched Freke in goal. 

The loss sees Brisbane remain rooted to the foot of the ALM table, while Adelaide climb all the way to fifth. 

Brisbane Roar 1 (Nikola Mileusnic 2’)

Adelaide United 3 (Craig Goodwin 23’, 85’, Stefan Mauk 48’)

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referees: David Walsh, Andrew Lindsay

Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani

VAR: Alex King

Brisbane Roar: Macklin FREKE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Rahmat AKBARI, Jesse DALEY, Ville Matti STEINMANN (Samuel KLEIN 86’), Nikola MILEUSNIC (Anton MLINARIC 72’), Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH (Corey BROWN 45’), Henry HORE (Jez LOFTHOUSE 62’), James O’SHEA (C), Kai TREWIN, Jack HINGERT (Louis ZABALA 62’)

Unused Subs: Alec MILLS, Jordan HOLMES (GK)

Perth Glory: Joe GAUCI (GK), Ryan KITTO, Stefan MAUK (C) (Joshua CAVALLO 86’), Isaias SANCHEZ CORTEZ (Louis D’ARRIGO 77’), Craig GOODWIN, Mohamed TOURE (Hiroshi IBUSUKI 45’), Javier LOPEZ RODRIGUEZ (Lachlan BARR 86’), Michael JAKOBSEN, Jacob TRATT, Juan DE DIOS PRADOS LOPEZ, Bernado OLIVEIRA (Lachlan BROOK 69’)

Unused Subs: Steven HALL (GK), George BLACKWOOD

Feature image credit: Phil Radoslovich

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Bill Hedley
Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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