Aussies Abroad: Goodwin at the double in Saudi Arabia

Craig Goodwin hit his first Saudi Pro League double as Al-Wedha recorded a thumping 4-1 win on the road against Abha.

The Socceroos attacker scored a goal in each half at Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium as the Red Giant notched their first away win in six league games. 

Goodwin grabbed his third goal for the club to open the scoring on 14 minutes before French striker Youssouf Niakate fired in his eighth goal of the season on 25 minutes.

An own goal from Abdullah Al-Jadaani gave the home side hope on the stroke of half-time but Goodwin’s second, and fourth of the campaign, restored the two-goal advantage a minute after the interval.

Niakate doubled his tally for the match on the hour mark as the Knights of Mecca pulled away from the home side in the early hours of Saturday morning AEDT.

Head coach José Daniel Carreño’s side remain fourth in the Saudi Arabian top flight after 17 matches, three points behind third-placed Al Ahli and eight points off top club Al-Hilal.

Featured image courtesy of Al-Wehda on Twitter


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Jamie Maclaren was on the scoresheet as Melbourne City triumphed for the first time in five Melbourne Derby attempts with a 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory.

Maclaren’s 71st-minute effort made it 14 goals from 14 matches this Hyundai A-League season and proved to be the decisive strike at AAMI Park.

French attacker Florin Berenguer had given Erick Mombaerts’ side the lead after eight minutes and Maclaren clinched the points when he collected Berenguer’s back-heel and finished a slick move from close range.

Sweden international Ola Toivonen struck back for Carlos Salvachua’s team with 12 minutes left on the clock but City held on to retain second place in the Hyundai A-League ladder.

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