2006 A-League Playoff results
2005/2006 Season Playoff Series Matches
written by Thomas Esamie

The top four teams of the regular season meet in matches as shown in home and away legs. Matches marked '1' and '2' are single elimination games, winner of Match 2 is crowned Champion of the 2005-2006 season.


Adelaide United v Sydney FC -----winner---------------------------2 Grand Final
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Newcastle United v Central Coast ____winner_________/


Grand Final Match, winner becomes champion
Played (05/03/06) Sydney Football Stadium
Referee : Mark Shield, Crowd : 41689
Sydney FC
Clint Bolton, Alvin Ceccoli, Mark Rudan (Iain Fyfe 72), Matthew Bingley, Steve Corica, Sasho Petrovski (Robbie Middleby 90), David Carney, Andrew Packer, Terry McFlynn, Jacob Timpano (Ruben Zadkovic 81), Dwight Yorke
Goal : Corica 62
Coach : Pierre Littbarksi
1 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
Danny Vukovic, Wayne O'Sullivan, Noel Spencer, Michael Beauchamp, Andre Gumprecht, Dean Heffernan, Tom Pondeljak, Damien Brown (Matthew Osman 68), Stewart Petrie (Adam Kwasnik 73), Andrew Clark, Alex Wilkinson (Paul O'Grady 84)
Coach : Lawrie McKinna

Preliminary Final, loser eliminated, winner into Grand Final
Played (26/02/06) HIndmarsh Stadium
Referee : Matthew Breeze, Crowd : 11405
Adelaide United
Daniel Beltrame, Richie Alagich (Robert Cornthwaite 83), Kristian Rees, Angelo Costanzo, Michael Valkanis, Ross Aloisi, Carl Veart (Greg Owens 61), Fernando Rech (Jason Spagnuolo 78), Travis Dodd, Adam van Dommele, Shengqing Qu
Coach : John Kosmina
0 - 1 Central Coast Mariners
Danny Vukovic, Wayne O'Sullivan, Noel Spencer, Michael Beauchamp, Andre Gumprecht (Jamie McMaster 71), Dean Heffernan, Tom Pondeljak, Damian Brown (Adam Kwasnik 79), Stewart Petrie, Andrew Clark, Alex Wilkinson
Goal : Pondeljak 7
Coach : Lawrie McKinna
Match report by Lino Fusco

Major Semi-Final, loser into Preliminary Final, winner into Grand Final
1st leg Played (12/02/06) Hindmarsh Stadium
Referee : Matthew Breeze, Crowd : 15104
Adelaide United
Daniel Beltrame, Richie Alagich (Kristian Rees 59), Angelo Costanzo, Michael Valkanis, Ross Aloisi, Carl Veart, Fernando Rech, Travis Dodd, Adam van Dommele, Robert Cornthwaite, Qu Shengqing (Louis Brain 69)
Goals : Dodd 31, Rech 34
Coach : John Kosmina
2 - 2 Sydney FC
Clint Bolton, Alvin Ceccoli, Mark Rudan, Matthew Bingley, Steve Corica, Sasho Petrovski (Tolgay Ozbey 89), Dave Carney, Mark Milligan, Jacob Timpano (Andrew Packer 46), Dwight Yorke, Ruben Zadkovich (Terry McFlynn 65)
Goals : Corica 9, Petrovski 39
Coach : Pierre Littbarksi
Match report by Lino Fusco
2nd leg Played (19/02/06) Sydney Football Stadium
Referee : Mark Shield, Crowd : 30377
Sydney FC
Clint Bolton, Iain Fyfe, Alvin Ceccoli, Mark Rudan, Matthew Bingley, Steve Corica (Robbie Middleby 88), Sasho Petrovski, David Carney (Terry McFlynn 71), Mark Milligan, Dwight Yorke, Ruben Zadkovich (Andrew Packer 66)
Goals : Petrovski 29, Rudan 76
Coach : Pierre Littbarksi
2 - 1 Adelaide United
Daniel Beltrame, Richie Alagich, Kristian Rees, Angelo Costanzo, Michael Valkanis, Ross Aloisi, Carl Veart, Fernando Rech, Travis Dodd (Robert Cornthwaite 85), Adam van Dommele, Qu Shengqing (Greg Owens 76)
Goal : Qu 60
Coach : John Kosmina

Elimination Semi-Final, loser eliminated, winner into Preliminary Final
1st leg Played (10/02/06) Energy Australia Stadium
Referee : Ben Williams, Crowd : 10236
Newcastle United Jets
Liam Reddy, Jade North, Ned Zelic, Richard Johnson, Matthew Thompson (Labinot Haliti 83), Ante Milicic, Nick Carle, Paul Kohler, Mateo Corbo, Tarek Elrich, Allan Picken, Vaughan Coveny
Coach : Richard Money
0 - 1 Central Coast Mariners
Danny Vukovic, Wayne O'Sullivan, Noel Spencer, Michael Beauchamp, Andre Gumprecht, Dean Heffernan, Tom Pondeljak (Adam Kwasnik 90), Stewart Petrie (Jamie McMaster 90), Andrew Clark, Nigel Boogaard, Matthew Osman (Damian Brown 79), Alex Wilkinson
Goal : Osman 76
Coach : Lawrie McKinna
Match report by Robert Szomolnoki
2nd leg Played (17/02/06) Central Coast Stadium
Referee : Simon Przydacz, Crowd : 17429
Central Coast Mariners
Danny Vukovic, Wayne O'Sullivan, Noel Spencer, Michael Beauchamp, Andre Gumprecht, Dean Heffernan, Tom Pondeljak (Adam Kwasnik 83), Stewart Petrie, Andrew Clark, Matthew Osman (Damien Brown 36), Alex Wilkinson
Goal : Heffernan 79
Coach : Lawrie McKinna
1 - 1 Newcsatle United Jets
Liam Reddy, Jade North, Ned Zelic, Richard Johnson, Matt Thompson (Tarek Elrich 72), Ante Milicic, Nick Carle, Paul Kohler (Franco Parisi 86), Mateo Corbo (Steve Eagleton 66), Allan Picken, Vaughan Coveny
Goal : Thompson 28
Coach : Richard Money
Match report by Chris Dunkerley