Adelaide win FFA Cup

CRAIG Goodwin brought the house down as Adelaide United beat Sydney FC 2-1 to claim the FFA Cup trophy, and if there was a roof over Coopers Stadium the Reds star would have brought that down too. In front of 14,448 fans in Adelaide Goodwin fired two of the finest goals into the back of the net you’re ever likely to see in a Cup final. The win means Adelaide become the first side to win two FFA Cup trophies.

There was so much to enjoy about the fifth FFA Cup final. A packed house at Adelaide’s boutique stadium creating a vibrant atmosphere on a warm night.

Then there was the football. An intense, fiery battle was ultimately decided by Goodwin’s two wonder strikes.

His first, a stunning free kick in the first half, was cancelled out just minutes later when Adam Le Fondre converted from the spot.

The home side had dominated the opening exchanges and they got their just rewards in the 25th minute.

A foul by Rhyan Grant just outside the box saw Goodwin step up to curl an absolute beauty into the top corner.

Goodwin has been in superb form for the Reds and, with Ben Halloran still deployed up front, had to shoulder plenty of the attack.

And he did it so well — the Socceroos hopeful has now scored in every FFA Cup match for Adelaide, his latest strikes coming in front of Graham Arnold, with the Socceroos coach watching from the stands.

But the home side were afforded little time to celebrate, with Alex Brosque earning the Sky Blues a penalty after he was clipped by Paul Izzo just three minutes later.

Up stepped Le Fondre and suddenly it was 1-1. The English striker is proving prolific in front of goal; that was his fifth goal in five matches for the Sky Blues across all competitions.

It was also the first goal Adelaide conceded in their run to the final.

The second half began as the first ended — it was pulsating.

But fitting that Goodwin had the final say. In the 74th minute the ball came into Hallaron in the box, who then touched it back to Goodwin. The Adelaide man smashed an absolute rocket with his right foot into the back of the net.

It’s the first time a player has scored a brace in the FFA Cup final and also the first final not to go into extra time.

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