News Corp's wrap of the round names Craig Goodwin as 'man of the round'. So do we! Hence our feature pic of the day. 

Brisbane Roar

John Aloisi says his team's slow start ($) to games is not good enough. Brisbane Roar were down 2-0 by the 63rd minute, but managed to come “roaring back” to fight it out for the final 20 minutes to no avail. 

It could have been worse for Brisbane Roar except for two “heroic saves” by Jamie Young in the opening minutes of the game off Andy Keogh. Young says he'd swap the “memorable double save” for a win any day. 

Kevin & Ernie

Handbags at five paces ($)? Ernie says Kevin refused to shake his hand after the match, but Kevin says Ernie wasn't around to shake his before the match. Do we care? Actually, no. 

Craig Goodwin

If Graham Arnold had not noticed Craig Goodwin's brace on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup Final, he surely would have noticed his performance ($), and another double, yesterday against Central Coast Mariners. Ray Gatt writes that Goodwin “could not have picked a better time to press his claims for a spot in the Socceroos” for the friendly matches this month. Goodwin has scored seven goals in seven games. 

Socceroos coach, Graham Arnold, was watching Goodwin's “man of the match” performance from the stands, with the Socceroos squad to be announced on Thursday. Dom Bossi says there was “little respite from Goodwin” for the Central Coast Mariners.

No surprise also that local journo, Val Migliaccio, says that Goodwin's second brace in five days “strengthens (the) case” for a Socceroos call-up for the Adelaide United player. 

Central Coast Mariners were humbled in the match 0-3 at home before 6,043 fans. Tom Smithies says the home side “stared at each other in horror” after being 0-2 down after fifteen minutes, with the headline writer referring to it as “Usain Bolt hangover”. While there was some lift after half-time, Smithies writes that the afternoon went from “calamitous to comical”. 

Bruce Kamau

Bruce Kamau says he is pressing his claims for a regular starting position in the Western Sydney Wanderers line-up. The weekend's match v Wellington Phoenix would have helped his cause. 


Canberra United, 4 v Perth Glory, 4

At the 77th minute, Canberra United looked to be cruising to a 4-1 victory at home v Perth Glory with goals to Refiloe Jane (a double), Rhoda Mulaudzi and Maria José Rojas and a one-player advantage - but then there were “eight minutes of madness”, at the centre of which was Samantha Kerr. She did not score - those honours were left to Alyssa Maruz, Letica McKenna and Rachel Corsie, but in the words of Canberra United coach, Heather Garriock, “Sam Kerr happened ... she can create something from nothing.” Perth Glory's first goal was an own goal to Denise O'Sullivan. The attendance was 1,746.

In the other match yesterday, Brisbane Roar defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 0-1 at Marconi Stadium, Sydney.

FFA Cup 

ICYMI: David Squires' cartoon on the FFA Cup Final

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