1997 National Soccer League results
1997/1998 Season Round 06 Results
written by Thomas Esamie

Played (7/11/1997) Bob Jane Stadium
Referee : E Brazzale, Crowd : 4997
South Melbourne
Michael Petkovic, Fausto deAmicis, Nick Orlic, Con Blatsis, David Clarkson, Steve Panopoulos, Vaughan Coveny (George Goutzioulis 43), Paul Trimboli, Bill Damianos, Tansel Baser (Con Boutsianis 80), John Anastasiadis (Michael Curcija 87)
Goals : Trimboli 52, Clarkson 55, Panopoulos 84, Curcija 88
4 - 1 Adelaide Sharks
Frank Mikuletic, Alex Castro, Frank Tibaldi, Alex Kuzmanovic, Branko Milosevic, Corey Artone, Pablo Cardozo, Reginaldo Bigu Da Silva, Jim Tsekinis (John Cutillo 88), Pedro Oliveira, Adrian Iandorio (Andrew Borghetto 64)
Goal : Cardozo 81pk
All the goals in the second half and Paul Trimboli profited from an Adelaide failure to clear the ball and Tansel Baser gave Trimboli the one on one with the keeper. Soon afterwards a series of first time passes allowed Coveny to break down the left side and cross the ball to Clarkson who poked the ball over the sprawled keeper for goal #2. Adelaide got a brief sniff of a comeback when a Castro run into the box had DeAmicis resorting to handball to defend the attack and Eugene Brazzale pointed to the spot. However South Melbourne replied quickly with another 2 goals, the first a drive from Panopoulos after a series of headers was barely touched by the keeper as it went in and to top it all off Pablo Cardozo was caught in posession just in front of his own penalty area and Curcija had no problem beating the keeper from the resulting pass to him.

Played (7/11/1997) Parramatta Stadium
Referee : D Dwight, Crowd : 3656
Sydney United
Zeljko Kalac, Peter Bennett, Velimir Kupresak, Richard Plesa, Joe Vrkic, Stuart Munro (Marcus Phillips 68 (sent off 89)), Jacob Burns, Paul Bilokapic, Robert Hooker, Abbas Saad, Nick Bosevski (Tony Krslovic 46)
Goals : Bilokapic 20pk, Bosevski 25
2 - 0 Newcastle Breakers
Brad Swancott, Glenn Sprod (Doug West 85), Matthew Austin, Shane Pryce, Todd McManus, Robert Ironside, Peter Ritchie, Clayton Zane, Jason Bennett (Mark Wilson 63), Matthew Lowe, Ben Lane
Sydney United scored from a phantom penalty awarded by the referee because two defenders had blocked the path of Abbas Saad as he tried to challenge for a high ball caught by Brad Swancott. Sydney scored again as Bosevski ran through a loosely arranged defence cut back onto his right foot and shot at goal. The final touch came from Peter Ritchie who tried to clear the ball off the line. Later in the half Bosevski managed to clatter head first into the goalpost to open a wound and stop his side scoring a goal. Marcus Phillips made an early exit late in the game for a second yellow card offence so make it a truly mixed bag for United.
Match report by Chris Dunkerley

Played (8/11/1997) Optus Oval
Referee : S Micallef, Crowd : 6057
Dean Anastasiadis, Robert Trajkovski (Vince Grella 72), Marcus Stergiopoulos, Sean Douglas, Con Anthopoulos, Kresimir Marusic, Lubomir Lapsansky, Andrew Vlahos (Daniel Allsopp 68), John Markovski (Branko Bacak 62), David Cervinski, Mark Atkinson
Goal : Atkinson 55
1 - 1 Melbourne Knights
Joe Didulica, Ante Kovacevic, Ivan Jolic, Ransford Banini, Andrew Marth, Tom Pondeljak, Ice Kutlesovski, Alan Davidson, Ivan Kelic, John Didulica (Damian Vojtek 35), Zeljko Susa
Goal : Kelic 44
Carlton had the class but some dogged play from Melbourne not only kept Carlton out but actually saw Melbourne take the lead from a corner which was glanced in at the near post by Kelic. Carlton managed to peg back the deficit when Mark Atkinson unleashed a long range shot after a clearance from a cross. The shot beat the diving keepers fingertips and kissed the base of the post before bouncing in. Also a bit unusual to see the Knights in all-yellow rather than the predominantly red kit they normally wear.
Match report by David Arnold

Played (8/11/1997) Falcons Park
Referee : J Blaney, Crowd : 2100
Gippsland Falcons
Jim Kourtis, Clayton Bell (Levent Osman 70), Claudio Canosa, Manny Gotis (Paul Byrne 73), Tony Sekulic, Nick Palamaras, Nick Tsaltas, Mark Foy, Brian MacNicol, John Hutchinson, Willie Hastie (Archie Thompson 66)
0 - 0 Canberra Cosmos
Tony Giannasca, Paul Dee, Andrew Roberts, Ivan Zelic, Ante Moric (Andrew Ravanello 56), Gordon Hunter, Norman Kelly (Ilija Prenzoski 76), Harry James (Damien Brown 66), Peter Buljan, Toplica Popovich, Tom Haythornthwaite
I just shake my head in disbelief, no wonder these sides cannot score to save their lives.

Played (9/11/1997) WIN Stadium
Referee : G Leverton , Crowd : 5733
Wollongong City
Brett Hughes, Alvin Ceccoli, Jason Connolly, Matthew Horsley (Raymond Younis 81), Sonny Sevin, Anthony Surjan (Michael Reda 84), Scott Chipperfield, George Souris, Noel Spencer (David Huxley 81), Tony Perinich, Neil Harlock
Goals : Ceccoli 1, Chipperfield 36, 39, Connolly 42, Surjan 67pk
5 - 1 Marconi-Fairfield
Mike Gibson, Mark Babic, Luke Casserly, Christian Care, Darren McDonald, Brad Maloney, Zeljko Babic (Domenic Longo 87), Brendan Renaud, Paul Souris, Vlado Zoric, Mauro van Cuylenberg (Manis Lamond 64)
Goal : Care 15
Corner, keeper drops ball, goal. This is a lesson in how to fall behind after barely a minute of play. Christian Care levelled the score from a tap in off a Maloney cross but after that Wollongong just kept going and Marconi just kept watching. Chipperfield's far post header from a Perinich cross was followed by a Chipperfield far post volley from a Sevin cross. Then still before halftime a corner and some vacillation on the part ofthe ball as to whether to go into the net or not was ended by Connolly making up its mind. The second half was less rampant but Wollongong still dominated and a Souris (?) handball allowed Surjan to take the score to 5-1.
Match report by Greg Stock

Played (9/11/1997) Perth Oval
Referee : E Lennie, Crowd : 16905
Perth Glory
Tony Franken, Gavin Wilkinson, Vinko Buljubasic, Gareth Naven, Scott Miller (Paul McVittie 78), Paul Strudwick (Scott Halpin 74), Slobodan Despotovski, Ernest Tapai, Samson Siasia (Peter Vukmirovic 89), Danny Hay, Anthony Carbone
Goal : Siasia 39
1 - 0 UTS Olympic
Bob Catlin, Adam Ciantar (Scott Baillie 46), Norman Tome, Peter Tsekenis, Brett Emerton, Jean-Paul deMarigny, Walter Ardone, Nick Carle, Steve Eagleton, Andre Rodrigues, Fernando Zerda (Eric Hristodoulou 37)
The Glory's home ground was again packed out for the visit of UTS this week and while the Glory have an 'outscore the opponent' philosophy they managed to keep their opponent scoreless and take a place on the scoresheet themselves. UTS, wearing all yellow, managed to catch Despotovski offside to keep the game scoreless a while longer, then Tapai too. UTS's new Argentine recruit Fernando Zerda did well for his first match but a lack of match fitness had him substituted. The goal came from a throw in to Tapai who ran to the byline and crossed to the far post where Siasia headed the ball in for a simple but winning goal. After that Perth were unrelenting in going for goal and UTS unyielding in defence.

Played (9/11/1997) Norwood Oval
Referee : W Dade, Crowd : 4988
Adelaide City
Jason Petkovic, Bradley Armour, Milan Ivanovic, Alex Tobin, Angelo Costanzo, Damian Mori (Travis Dodd 90), Bradley Hassell (Michael Brooks 57), John Gibson, Kris Trajanovski, Scott Thomas (Mark Yates 85), Nick Sabljak
Goal : Mori 32
1 - 0 Brisbane Strikers
Graham Ross, Glenn Gwynne, Matt Bell (Mark Battistin 51), Sean Cranney, Rod Brown (Wayne Knipe 60), Troy Cranney, Andrew Brayshaw (Craig Williams 73), Chay Hews, Jeromy Harris, Stephen Laybutt, Andrew Harper
Brisbane, the current champions, have hit the ground harder than anyone expected and while you cannot be too unhappy losing away to Adelaide City it leaves Brisbane languishing barely ahead of Canberra. The Adelaide goal too was not exactly clinical. Damian Mori miscued his shot and it bobbled weakly to the keeper, or at least it would have had it not been deflected wide of him and rolled apologetically into the net.