Craig Goodwin says he is delighted his stunning goal helped Adelaide United secure a 2-0 Quarter Final win over APIA Leichhardt in the FFA Cup 2018 on Wednesday night.
The 26-year-old produced a moment of magic when his 71st minute thunderbolt – and third goal this tournament – broke parity to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead.
It was an inspired display from Goodwin, who provided quality all night in attacking areas with his deliveries into the box.
Goodwin was thrilled with his strike as well as United’s progression to the semi-finals of the competition.
“Obviously very happy to get the goal and the win,” Goodwin told Fox Sports after the match.
“I had one in the first-half from a similar position and skied it, but I think it was a really important goal for us.
“The longer they stay in the game the harder they get and the more hope they get and obviously us being the A-League team we’ve to try and kill the game off and keep playing.
“I thought we created a lot of chances but in the end obviously it took something quite good to break the deadlock.
“So very happy with the win and all credit to them they were fantastic.”
German midfielder, Mirko Boland, put the result beyond doubt with his second goal in the FFA Cup, courtesy of a close-range header on 80 minutes.
Goodwin insisted right from the beginning of this year’s tournament the Reds have been determined to avenge the final heartache in 2017.
And that objective could very much become a reality with a victory over Bentleigh Greens in the Semi-final.
“We spoke about it at the start of the competition,” he said.
“And every game is a final, you win or you’re out and they made the final last year and obviously lost in extra-time.
“So we’re here and everyone in this team wants to win trophies and we want to improve on last year and we have to take it one game at a time and the semi-final is going to be as hard as this.”
Adelaide United face Bentleigh Greens in the semi-finals of the FFA Cup 2018. Match details to be confirmed.