1996/7 National Youth League Southern Division

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National Youth League (Victorian Division)
26-7 October 1996

by Roy Hay

Round Three began with a seven goal thriller at Falcons Stadium, when the Gippsland team eventually got home against Thomastown Zebras by four goals to three. Carlo Villani opened in the firt minute for the Falcons but Carlo Impiombato equalised four minutes later. Then Antoni Forte scored for the Zebras in twenty-five minutes only for Wally Noppert to bring the teams level within a minute and that is how it stayed until six minutes after the break when Alex Halikias restored the Falcons lead. Once again Impiombata was on target and there was only a minute left, when man-of-the-match John Hutchinson popped up with the Falcons' winner. Adrian Savage and Andy Mack starred for the Falcons and Impiombata, Di Luca and Pierra were the top Zebras in a fast open game which kept the crowd enthralled right to the end.

The big upset was Melbourne Knights defeat by two goals to one at Ross Reserve by Springvale City. Springvale got the jump early when David Bertone scored after only four minutes. It took the Knights half-an-hour to get on terms through Branko Bacak, and thereafter the match see-sawed evenly until Ronald Navarro broke through with only twelve minutes to play. Keeper Sasha Bulut was Springvale City's hero, but Roddy Vargas and Bertone also starred, while Branko Bacak and Jason Vukadin were the pick of the Knights.

The Victorian Institute of Sport and Green Gully were locked at nil-all at half-time at Paisley Park, but when the VIS grabbed an early goal in the second it went on to win by four goals to nil. Green Gully might have had the better of the first half and were unlucky on a couple of occasions, but in the VIS's first attack of the second half Michael Anderson swung over a cross, David Maglovski tried to clear but got the ball stuck in his studs and Joe Carey pounced to score from close range. When Maglovski brought down Carey after 59 minutes, Lev Osman stepped up to score from the penalty spot. Then substitute Bill Petrovski curled a brilliant shot into the top corner following a corner-kick and Adrian Cuzzuppe made it four in injury time. At the other end Peter Zois had to bring off two remarkable saves to deny Marco Denni late in the game as Green Gully fought the match out to the end.

Another upset threatened briefly when the young Altona Magic took an early lead against a powerful South Melbourne team which had all its young Socceroos back, while Steve Panopoulos was making his come back after injury. But the Blues then got the motor running and finished up with a nine-two victory. Pece Cergovski skipped through a couple of tackles to score after 14 minutes, and the first sign of South Melbourne came when Michael Curcija struck the cross-bar with a header three minutes later. Daniel Allsopp equalised in 27 minutes, but Altona went to a two-one break when Pece Siveski scored after 33 minutes only for Tansel Baser to pull one back a minute later. Then the floodgates opened. Alfonso Opazo grabbed a quick hat-trick, Allsopp completed his and Michael Curcija weighed in with two goals as the Blues coasted away.

Sunshine Georgies were too strong for the Melbourne Knights Colts at Knights Stadium winning by three goals to one and retaining the Georgies one hundred per cent record so far. Joe De Bono came up to convert a set-piece corner kick after 17 minutes. Then Colts keeper Jeff Sabol made his sole mistake for the day when he fumbled a high shot just under the cross-bar and when the ball dropped Lee Bickle pounced to score from close range. De Bono made another surging run from the back which set up a cross for substitute Rai Monitio to scored unattended. Former Georgie Adis Kablar pulled a goal back in 63 minutes after a good run. Ante Susnjara probed all day for the Knights and Weinstein medallist Ljubo Milicevic ranged across the backline, while for the Georgies, keeper Simon Myers and strong man De Bono were the tops.

Heidelberg United and Box Hill drew one-all at Olympic Village. Both goals came in a three-minute spell in the second half. First Tass Amaridis put the Bergers ahead in 57 minutes and on the hour mark Mark Selimi equalised for Box Hill, with both players getting their second goal in three games.

The Collingwood Warriors versus Bentleigh Greens match has been postponed to a date yet to be decided.

There will be a youth league report on 3BM, 1116 AM around 9 pm on the Michael Zappone-Frank McGrellis program which will run from 8 to 10 pm. The Youth League scores should be in Australian and British Soccer Weekly every Tuesday, with full match reports following a week later. Youth League results should also be available in the Herald-Sun, Age, Il Globo and other papers.

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