Reds humble Mariners as Goodwin further strengthens Socceroos chances

What week it's been for the Reds winger

With Graham Arnold watching on, Craig Goodwin has further boosted his chances of a Socceroos call-up scoring twice and picking up an assist as Adelaide United breezed past Central Coast Mariners 3-0. 

After winning the FFA Cup final over Sydney FC on Tuesday, the Reds showed no signs of a hangover as they took the lead after nine minutes.

Goodwin, who was the hero against the Sky Blues with a superb double, heading home after a great cross into the box by Apostolos Stamatelopoulos. 

Just minutes later Adelaide would make it 2-0 with Goodwin this time setting up Stamatelopoulos for a tap-in after a brilliant ball into the box by left-back Scott Galloway.

Having looked off the pace in the first-half, the Mariners seemed intent on making it more of a contest in the second 45 only for Goodwin to spoil their positive start. 

The in-form winger making it five goals in three games after his long-range free-kick in the 56th minute was palmed ineffectively away by Ben Kennedy, who was left to pick up the ball from his own net.

Adelaide went close to adding another late on as they wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 win and left Mike Mulvey with plenty to think about. 

A night to remember for: Craig Goodwin

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Everything is going right for the Reds attacker, whose first goal took a deflection before going in and only got his second after a Kennedy error. Luck aside, Goodwin is full of confidence and playing like a man that belongs in the Socceroos squad.

A night to forget for: Ross McCormack

The Mariners main man went missing against Adelaide, barely sighting the ball and not registering a single shot before being subbed off.