National Youth League Round 19

National Youth League Round 19

Written by Roy Hay.

Southern Division

Saturday 21 February 1998

Albury Wodonga		0	South Melbourne Rockets	0

Sunday 22 February 1998

Gippsland Falcons	5	Heidelberg United	0
(John McEvoy 2, Alex Halikias,
Anthony Pardo, Luke Cheney)

South Melbourne		1	Bulleen Inter		2
(Nick Marinos)			(Mathew Gulino, own goal)

Carlton			1	VIS			0
(Pece Siveski), played 7 February 1998.

Bye			v	Bentleigh Greens

Altona Magic		v	Bye

Bye			v	Melbourne Knights

Northern Division

Saturday 21 February 1998

UTS Olympic Colts	3	Marconi Fairfield	4
(Bruce Ghamraoui 2, Ali Jomaa)	(Mike Smith 2, Greg Collins,
				Vic Tomasevic)

AIS			2	ACTAS			0
(Luke Wilkshire, Chris Tanchevski)

Sunday 22 February 1998

Sydney United		8	Sydney United Colts	0
(Azur Mujanovic 3, Mile Sterjovski 2,
Joel Griffiths, Michael Santalab, Jason Culina)

Wollongong City		2	UTS Olympic		2
(Chad Bishop, Vic Costabile)	(Angelo Petratos, Jim Bakis)

Marconi Fairfield Colts	1	Q A S			2
(Ryan Manente)			(Russell Miner, Angelo Cootes)

 League ladders

Southern Divsion

Team			P	W	D	L	F	A	Pts
Melbourne Knights	15	13	0	2	66	15	39
Carlton			14	13	0	1	31	6	39
Gippsland Falcons	15	10	2	3	32	14	32
Bulleen Inter		15	8	2	5	26	20	26
V I S			14	7	3	4	33	17	24
Bentleigh Greens	15	5	2	8	17	30	17
Albury Wodonga		15	4	2	9	18	21	14
Heidelberg United	15	4	2	9	16	39	14
South Melbourne		15	3	3	9	29	26	12
Altona Magic		14	3	2	9	18	50	11
South Melbourne Rockets	15	1	2	12	13	61	5

Northern Divsion

A I S			16	12	2	2	63	13	38
UTS Olympic		16	9	4	3	52	24	31
Wollongong City		17	8	4	5	34	33	28
Sydney United		16	7	6	3	48	29	27
Marconi Fairfield	16	8	2	6	32	31	26
Q A S			16	7	4	5	36	22	25
Newcastle Breakers	15	5	5	5	35	31	20
Marconi Fairfield Colts	16	6	2	8	25	38	20
A C T A S		16	5	4	7	21	44	19
UTS Olympic Colts	17	3	3	11	26	60	12
Sydney United Colts	15	3	2	10	16	45	11
N S W I S		16	2	4	10	19	37	10

Leading goalscorers

Southern Division
Name			Team			Goals
Adis Kablar		Melbourne Knights	13
John Kalabric		Melbourne Knights	12
Zoran Petrevski		VIS			12
Jovanco Novacevski	Carlton			 9
Festim Zekiri		Melbourne Knights	 7

Northern Division
Name			Team			Goals
Mile Sterjovski		AIS/Sydney United	25
Mark Hagger		Marconi Fairfield Colts	17
Joe Bruni		Marconi Fairfield	10
Nick Carle		UTS Olympic		10
Chris Tanchevski	Newcastle Breakers/AIS	10
Marc Bresciano		AIS			9

National Youth League (Southern Division), 21-2 February 1998

by Roy Hay

Albury Wodonga and South Melbourne Rockets played a scoreless draw to
open Round 19 after the resumption.   The Rockets were playing for
pride and Albury had four or five regulars out and though both sides
got close to a goal on numerous occasions the defences held out. =20
Albury sweeper Nathan Ardern was the pick of the home team, while Brett
Gilmour caught the eye in attack for the Rockets.

Bulleen beat South Melbourne by two goals to one at Bob Jane Stadium. =20
The visitor took a two-nil lead in the first half with one goal to
Mathew Gulino after 15 minutes and an own goal right at the start of
the game.   In the second half the Blues came back through Nick
Marinos, but despite considerable pressure could not find an

Gippsland Falcons hammered Heidelberg United by five goals to nil in
the Latrobe Valley.   Anthony Pardo scored the opening goal after nine
minutes and John McEvoy scored two more, one midway through the first
half and the second just after the restart.   Luke Cheney made it four
and substitute Alex Halikias completed the tally with five minutes left
to play.

Pece Siveski scored the only goal of the Carlton versus VIS match which
was played as curtain raiser to the Socceroos match with Chile earlier
this month.

National Youth League (Northern Division), 21-2 February 1998

Christ Conti from ACTAS sends this report of the match against
the AIS.   In a very even game, the result was made sure by the AIS
taking advantage of two opportunities to score while the ACTAS did not
take advantage of their opportunities. In a hectic opening to the game,
both sides played very attractive, fast football and a number of
chances fell to both sides; in fact the Academy's Stephen Lee had the
ball in the back of the net but was adjudged offside. In the 21st
minute a reckless challenge by Brent Chick in the Academy's penalty
area gave Luke Wilkshire the chance to convert Wilkshire gave Barney
Smith, playing his final game in Canberra before leaving for Brisbane,
no chance with the penalty. Minutes later at the other end Shane Lyons,
who was giving the AIS defenders a tough time, was tackled in a similar
manner in the AIS box but Lyons kept his feet and then lost the ball.

In the final minute of the second half, following an Academy corner
Jimmy Baxter set up Oscar Zamora with a chance six yards out. Zamora
blasted the ball at Michael Turnbull in the AIS goal who miraculously
deflected the ball for another corner. The second half was similar to
the first with both teams delighting the crowd, who were enjoying the
balmy evening in Canberra, with constructive, flowing football;
however, the local derby nature of the game became apparent and a
number of fierce tackles went in and the referee, Ben Williams, was
forced to dish out seven yellow cards - five to the AIS and two to the
Academy. In the 77th minute, Chris Tanchevski was on the end of an AIS
move to slot the ball home and make the score 2-0 and the game safe for
the AIS. Best players were Lubo Milicevic, Ivan Ergic, Michael Turnbull
for the AIS and Jose Exposito, Brent Chick, Matt Valeri for ACTAS.

Sydney United beat its Colts side by eight goals to nil.   Jason Culina
was on target after two minutes, then Azur Mujanovic scored the first
of his hat-trick in nine minutes.   Mile Sterjovski weighed in with two
goals, taking his tally for the season to 25 and Michael Santalab and
Joel Griffiths added singles.

Wollongong City gained a creditable two-all home draw with UTS Olympic.
  Chad Bishop and Vic Costabile scored for the Wolves and Angelo
Petratos and Jim Bakis for Olympic.

The Queensland Academy of Sport came back from a goal down to beat
Marconi Fairfield Colts two-one at Marconi Stadium.   Ryan Manente
scored the only goal of the first half played in very hot conditions at
an understandably slow pace.   In the second half both teams perked up
as the weather cooled and Russell Miner with a penalty and Angelo
Cootes scored for QAS.   This was Miner's first game in attack and he
led the line well, while Aaron Thiesfield, just back from a spell at
the AIS, had an excellent game for the Queenslanders.

Marconi Youth beat UTS Olympic Colts by four goals to three.   Mike
Smith scored in 20 and 37 minutes for Marconi and Greg Collins and Vic
Tomasevic added goals in the second half.   The Olympic Colts scorers
were Bruce Ghamraoui with two and Ali Jomaa.