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Australian Football: Goodwin signs off in style

Socceroos ace Craig Goodwin signed off in style when bagging a brace in Adelaide United's 3-1 win at Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

The Reds are targeting a top-six finish in the A-League this season and thanks to Goodwin they picked up just their second win against the Roar.

Socceroos duty

Goodwin was playing his last game before linking up with the Socceroos for their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Vietnam and Oman and could not have handed Carl Veart's men a better parting gift.

The home side had taken the lead through Nikola Mileusnic after just two minutes but the Reds were back on level terms when Goodwin scored from the penalty spot on 24 minutes.

Stefan Mauk got the second, also from the spot, on 48 minutes before Goodwin completed the scoring five minutes from time.

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At 30 years of age Goodwin is showing no signs of slowing down and Veart is delighted to have him in his side.

"He's very strong. Has the best quality that we've got in our team in that front half of the field and that's why he's scores and he creates a lot of opportunities for us," Veart told reporters after the game. "We're going to miss him and we wish him all the best.

"It's a great honour to be playing for Australia and Australia need to pick up points as well, hopefully he can do for Australia what he does for us."

Mauk parting gift

Meanwhile captain Mauk could also have handed Adelaide a nice leaving present with a move to Japan on the verge of being completed. But Veart hopes to get one more game out of him.

"Stef has been a great leader over the past year and a half and we want our players to go on to bigger and better things," Veart added.

"Hopefully he'll have one more game with us next week against Newcastle and then we wish him all the best with his new team in Japan."

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