1996 National Soccer League results
1996/1997 Season Round 05 Results
written by Thomas Esamie

Played (8/11/1996) Brandon Park
Referee : C Diomis, Crowd : 2906
Wollongong City
Brett Hughes, Alvin Ceccoli, Gary van Egmond, Matthew Horsley, Sonny Sevin, Michael Reda (Jason Connelly 45), Tony Perinich, Neil Harlock, Nick Joseski (Lujpco Naumovski 56), Richard Lloyd, Anthony Surjan
Goal : Harlock 57
1 - 1 South Melbourne
Michael Petkovic, Nick Orlic (sent off 24), Alex Kuzmanovic, Jason Polak (David Clarkson 70), Steve Panopoulos, Vaughan Coveny, Paul Trimboli, Warren Spink (Con Anthopoulos 25), Steve Iosifidis, Ivan Kelic (Daniel Allsopp 81), Fausto De Amicis
Goal : Trimboli 16
Orlic was sent off for a professional foul on Tony Perinich and none of the South Melbourne players rushed to shake the referee's hand for the decision. Well they rushed...that's about it though. Souths were in front at that stage but when a penalty was awarded just on halftime for a handball by South Melbourne inside the area Michael Reda did less than well by missing entirely. I'm sure his halftime replacement was purely coincidental. At the end of the day Trimboli's head and Harlock's foot cancelled one another out though with the numerical advantage Wollongong should have done better.

Played (8/11/1996) Breakers Stadium
Referee : D Crawford, Crowd : 3107
Newcastle Breakers
Liam Baker, Shane Pryce, Glen Sprod, Robert Ironside, Scott Thomas, Clayton Zane (David Lowe 66), Troy Halpin, Todd McManus, Jason Bennett (Harry James 75), Matt Austin, Craig Sharpley
Goals : Halpin 33, Sprod 46
2 - 2 Canberra Cosmos
Tony Giannasca, Paul Dee, Richard Watson, Paul Wade, Norman Kelly, Lindsay Wilson, Peter Buljan, James Baxter, Steve Lazzari (Alan Reis 69), John Koch, Peter Mazis
Goals : Buljan 18, Koch 68
Having drawn Newcastle 1-1 in the Round 19 game which was brought forward just 7 days earlier Canberra sprung another come-from-behind draw result on the Breakers. The Breakers had the balance of play in this one and were it not for some diabolical finishing would have scored 7.

Played (9/11/1996) Falcons Park
Referee : M Shield, Crowd : 2480
Gippsland Falcons
Jim Kourtis, Doug Marcina, Claudio Canosa, Marcus Stergiopoulos, Nick Palamaras, Eddie Krncevic, Alex Duric (Mark Foy 63), Clayton Bell, Billy Wright, William Hastie (Manny Gotis 83), Joe Tricarico (Carlo Villani 56)
Goals : Palamaras 89
1 - 2 West Adelaide
Michael Harkness, Hamilton Thorp, Jamie Perin, Robert Slager, Robert Hooker, Richie Alagich, Alex Castro, Pablo Cardozo (Andrew Borghetto 77), Branko Milosevic, Nathan Day, Jim Tsekinis
Goals : Tsekinis 28, 59
Tsekinis scored from a poor clearance from a corner in the first half and stole the ball from Palamaras and ran on to score in the second. Nick did the best to atone for his defensive blunder by pulling a goal back late in the game. Not much else to say except that Frank Arok should be using his magic wand any time now.

Played (9/11/1996) Suncorp Stadium
Referee : E Lennie, Crowd : 5075
Brisbane Strikers
Clint Bolton, Glen Gwynne, Alan Hunter, Gary Phillips, Frank Farina (Vedran Becirbegovic 60), Sean Cranney, Troy Cranney, Rod Brown (Wayne Knipe 74), Mark Battistin, Andrew Brayshaw (sent off 77), Kasey Wehrman
Goals : Farina 28, Knipe 86
2 - 1 Melbourne Knights
Vilson Knezevic, David Cervinski, Andrew Marth (sent off 59), Joe Simunic, Lubomir Lapsansky, John Markovski, Ice Kutlesovski (Zoran Markovski 60), Damian Vojtek (Arthur Tsitsakis 23), Tom Pondeljak (Mijo Trupkovic 85), Ivan Duzel (sent off 63), Ransford Banini
Goal : Pondeljak 40
It was an ugly game. Frank's fine headed goal and Wayne Knipe's late winner were just reward but Marths 'challenge' on Farina resulted not only in Marth's send off but also x-rays for FF to check if he had sustained a broken jaw. The protestations which followed were a sad reminder of the lack of sportsmanship these days and were worse when Ivan Duzel was sent off for a second yellow card offence when, in attempting to hurdle a prone Gary Phillips, Duzel 'accidentally' kicked him in the back. At best it was clumsy but clearly the referee felt some evening of odds was appropriate when he sent off Andrew Brayshaw for supposedly headbutting Zoran Markovski. In between all that young Tommy Pondeljak put the ball through Boltons legs from a tight angle to give the Knights a spot on the scoresheet.

Played (10/11/1996) Sydney United Sports Centre
Referee : S Micallef, Crowd : 11381
Sydney United
Zeljko Kalac, Mark Babic, Velimir Kupresak, Tony Popovic, Robert Trajkovski, Robert Enes, Paul Bilokapic, Ante Moric, David Zdrilic, Kresimir Marusic (Damir Cvetko 65), Ante Milicic (Jason Culina 80)
Goals : Popovic 60, 82pk
2 - 1 UTS Olympic
George Bouhoutsos, Adam Ciantar, Ralph Bove, David Barrett, Walter Ardone (George Sorras 60), Peter Tsekenis, Nick Meredith (Elias Augerinos 10), Kris Trajanovski, Norman Tome, Alistair Edwards (Abbas Saad 75), Milan Blagojevic
Goal : Sorras 65
What is it about coaches and their sons? I mean first we had Jamie Perin when John Perin was at Adelaide City and now Branko Culina has about 312 kids all of whom seem to be nudging for selection. One of them seems to have made it. I mean sure they might actually be good players but it looks very suspicious...reminds me of that Simpsons episode in which Nelson gets picked by the soccer coach to go on a trip to which Nelson replies 'Thanks Dad'. Oh and yes, this game puts Sydney United on top of the table ahead of Brisbane on goals scored.

Played (10/11/1996) Victoria Park
Referee : W Dade, Crowd : 5504
Collingwood Warriors
Frank Juric, Tom Karapatsos (Brian MacNicol 78), George Jolevski, Dean Fak, John Waddell, Con Boutsianis, Carlo Talladira, Enrico Cerrachio, Ernie Tapai, Andrew Vlahos, Kimon Taliadoros
0 - 0 Perth Glory
Tom Maras, Craig Naven, Gavin Wilkinson, Vinko Buljubasic, Gareth Naven, Scott Miller, Paul McVittie, Paul Strudwick, Slobodan Despotovski, Doug Ithier, Dale Wingell
Lots of wind and despite being the winner on points the Perth Glory failed to take advantage of Collingwoods apparent lack of depth and subsequent loss in morale.

Played (10/11/1996) Hindmarsh Stadium
Referee : B Hugo, Crowd : 4112
Adelaide City
Jason Petkovic, Bradley Armour, Mark Yates (Travis Dodd 70), Milan Ivanovic, Alex Tobin, Angelo Costanzo, Bradley Hassell, Dino Mennillo, John Gibson, Michael Musitano (Joe Barbaro 58), Michael Brooks (Mark Brazzale 45)
0 - 1 Marconi-Fairfield
Bob Catlin, JeanPaul deMarigny, Matthew Bingley, Luke Casserly, Andrew Harper, Craig Foster, Bradley Maloney, Dominic Longo, Francis Awaritefe (Sean Babic 67), Paul Souris, Brendan Renaud
Goal : Harper 7
Adelaide City are still looking for their first goal of the 96/97 season and despite their excellent defence generally they were caught napping when Andrew Harper got a free header from a corner kick by Brad Maloney to decide the match.