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Adelaide turn on the style in victory over Macarthur


Two second-half goals have helped Adelaide United record a solid 3-1 win over Macarthur FC in their A-League clash at Coopers Stadium.

The two sides went in level 1-1 at the break but a spot-kick from Craig Goodwin and one for the highlights reel from Ben Halloran steered the Reds to victory.

Macarthur made a bright start but after the opening 10 minutes the hosts began to assert their authority and soon broke the deadlock.

Goodwin and Joe Caletti exchanged passes in a well-worked short corner with Goodwin whipping in a cross which Tomi Juric powerfully headed past Adam Federici.

Goodwin was again involved on the half hour, cutting in from the left and crossing to the far post with his right for Halloran to cushion a pass across the face of goal, but there was no teammate for the tap-in.

Two minutes later and Adelaide should have doubled their lead.

Ryan Strain split the Macarthur back three with a long ball out of defence, finding Juric in acres of space.

The striker had plenty of time to assess his options and attempted to lob Federici who was well off his line, but Juric's effort was tame and easily collected by the visiting shot-stopper.

United were left to rue that chance with Macarthur finding an equaliser against the run of play on 32 minutes.

Juric's loose touch in the middle of the park was picked up by Jake Hollman, who slipped in Matt Derbyshire, with the English striker coolly curling his shot past Reds goalkeeper Joe Gauci.

United returned from the interval the better of the two sides and Goodwin almost found the net within the first couple of minutes.

Released by George Timotheou with a long ball from defence, Goodwin raced towards goal and fired a shot from a tight angle which forced Federici into a stunning reflex save.

Adelaide eventually got their second on 73 minutes and it was Goodwin involved again.

This time it was Jordan Elsey who launched a long ball from the defensive half for the Reds winger, who latched onto the pass before being bowled over inside the area by Lachlan Rose.

Goodwin stepped up and coolly dispatched the spot-kick, sending Federici the wrong way.

Ten minutes later and Adelaide added a third courtesy of a stunner from Halloran.

Macarthur failed to clear the danger from the penalty area and Josh Cavallo volleyed in a first-time cross.

Halloran was retreating from the previous phase of play and, with his back to goal, nonchalantly turned the cross in with a flicked back-heel.

The linesman raised his flag for offside but after an-almost four-minute delay, the goal was eventually confirmed.

Source AAP