Punters who have been selecting draw for the first several fixtures of the Central Coast Mariners and the Adelaide United may have gotten an unwelcome outcome when United handed Central Coast a 3 – 0 whuppin’ in Gosford.
It was the first win of the young A-League season for Adelaide, following two draws. It was the first loss of the season for Central Coast, ditto the draws.
You cannot play an entire season with drawn matches can you? Not even in soccer.
The A-League is ranked number four for drawn matches by website soccervista.com. In terms of percentage, home team draws in Australia trail only the Persian Gulf Pro League of Iran, the Elite 2 of Morocco and the Federal A Zona 2 of Argentina.
One of the stories to come out of the United – Mariners’ game was the play of Craig Goodwin. He is back in A-League after two seasons with the Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam and he is making a case for Socceroos selection with a second brace in the span of a week.
He struck two in the final win by the Reds in FFA Cup play on Tuesday night and he has now struck seven times in league and cup games.
His goals in Adelaide required some degree of luck, which is hardly an indictment, as good fortune plays some role in many goals. His first goal against Central Coast came off his ninth minute header that found the net after caroming off a Mariners defender. His second was in the 56th minute, where his penalty kick from 20 metres slipped through the gloves of Mariners net-minder Ben Kennedy.
Goodwin played for the Socceroos on three occasions, the last being in 2016.
For Adelaide, a road win following two draws was most welcome and they could boast of being undefeated in 2018, but the bragging will have to wait, at least until they play the Perth Glory, and best if the bragging can still be done nearer the end of December.