Reds Rewind – Barbiero’s stunning angled finish


Our Reds Rewind series begins with a memorable strike from Fabian Barbiero against the Newcastle Jets back in 2009.

Barbiero’s inaugural league goal for Adelaide United was truly a sight to behold. In Round 19 of the 2008/09 regular season the young South Australian midfielder produced a moment of magic to give the Reds the lead at Coopers Stadium.

After receiving the ball outside the box, Barbiero dribbled past two Newcastle players to squeeze home a terrific left-footed, near post finish into the top corner on an acute angle.

The hosts would go on to claim a comfortable 2-0 win as Barbiero turned provider for Lucas Pantelis, who added a second after half-time – extending United’s unbeaten streak to four matches in the process.  

Barbiero on that amazing goal…

“I think it was just at the top of the box,” he reminisced.

“I think Jamo (Scott Jamieson) sort of gave it to me and I pushed it past (Tarek) Elrich from memory, so sort of skipped past him.

“And I was on a tight angle and I stood on my left foot, my non-preferred foot, and I thought I’m just going to have a crack here.

“And I just sort of hit it above the ‘keeper’s head and yeah it was quite a special goal – just a little dribble in between a couple of players, saw the opportunity and just gave it a bit and it managed to go in so it was quite special.”

Fabian Barbiero's stunning angled finish vs Newcastle Jets in 2009