National Youth League Round 22

National Youth League Round 22

Written by Roy Hay.

Round 22

Southern Division

Saturday 14 March 1998

Albury Wodonga		1		South Melbourne		2
(John Ritchie)				(Tasso Tragakis, Evan Papadopoulos)

Sunday 15 March 1998

Heidelberg United	 6		Altona Magic		0
(Nick Papoutsis 3, Ersan Yasan, Tony Ouliaris,
 Peter Natsis)

Melbourne Knights	2		V I S			1
(own goal, John Kalabric)		(Fabian Lettieri)

Bentleigh Greens	1		Carlton			3
(Con Papettas)				(Adam Pongho, own goal,
					 Robert Trajkovski)

Bulleen Inter	v	Bye

Bye	v	South Melbourne Rockets

Gippsland Falcons	v	Bye

Northern Division

Friday 13 March 1998

UTS Olympic		2		Marconi Fairfield Colts	1
(Angelo Petratos, Kimon Taliadoros)		(Leigh Gunn)

Newcastle Breakers	3 		AIS			2
(Peter Juchniewicz, Gavin Vitullo,	(Kevork Gulesserian, Chris
 David Hodgson)				 Tanchevski)

Saturday 14 March 1998

Marconi Fairfield	4		Sydney United		1
(Joe Bruni 2, Fernando Pellegrino,	(Nick Bosevski)
 Luke Tomich)

N S W I S		1		Wollongong City		5
(Dylan McAllister)			(Ray Younis, Kane Maccabei, Paul Reid,
					 Victor Costabile, Sebastian Sinozic)

Sydney United Colts	1		Q A S			2
(Marin Galic)				(Gareth Dorey, Gary Phillips)

Monday 16 March 1998

A C T A S		v	UTS Olympic Colts

League ladders

Southern Divsion

Team			P	W	D	L	F	A	Pts
Melbourne Knights	18	16	0	2	77	20	48
Carlton			17	15	0	2	37	10	45
Gippsland Falcons	17	12	2	3	42	17	38
V I S			16	8	3	5	37	19	27
Bulleen Inter		16	8	2	6	26	21	26
Bentleigh Greens	18	7	2	9	26	33	23
Heidelberg United	17	6	2	9	25	40	20
Albury Wodonga		18	5	1	12	26	32	16
South Melbourne		17	4	3	10	32	30	15
Altona Magic		17	3	2	12	19	66	11
South Melbourne Rockets	17	1	1	15	13	72	4

Northern Divsion

A I S			19	13	2	4	67	19	41
Wollongong City		20	11	4	5	43	36	37
UTS Olympic		18	10	4	4	55	27	34
Q A S			19	9	4	6	40	24	31
Sydney United		18	8	6	4	50	33	30
Marconi Fairfield	19	9	2	8	38	36	29
Newcastle Breakers	18	7	5	6	39	34	26
Marconi Fairfield Colts	19	7	3	9	30	43	24
A C T A S		18	5	5	8	23	49	20
Sydney United Colts	18	4	3	11	23	50	15
UTS Olympic Colts	18	3	3	12	27	62	12
N S W I S		18	2	5	11	21	43	11

Leading goalscorers

Southern Division

Name			Team				Goals
Adis Kablar		Melbourne Knights		14
John Kalabric		Melbourne Knights		13
Zoran Petrevski		VIS				12
Jovanco Novacevski	Carlton				10
Luke Cheney		Gippsland Falcons		 9

Northern Division

Name			Team				Goals
Mile Sterjovski		AIS/Sydney United		25
Mark Hagger		Marconi Fairfield Colts		20
Joe Bruni		Marconi Fairfield		13
Chris Tanchevski	Newcastle Breakers/AIS		11
Azur Mujanovic		Sydney United			10
Jim Bakis		UTS Olympic			10
Nick Carle		UTS Olympic			10

National Youth League (Southern Division), 13-16 March 1998
by Roy Hay

League leader Melbourne Knights and the Victorian Institute of Sport
played a high quality match at Knights Stadium, with excitement,
controversy and plenty of skill from both teams before the Knights got
home by two goals to one.   Mijo Trupkovic came closest to scoring for
the Knights in the first half, but was denied by some brilliant stops
by Martin John in the VIS goal.   Damon Collina had the ball in the net
for the Knights but this was chalked off for offside.   Trupkovic was
substituted to sit on the bench for the seniors, and Steve Vugdelja
took his place.   In 63 minutes the Knights went ahead with a
controversial goal.   Martin John went up for a high cross under
challenge but when he came down the ball squirmed from his grasp and,
in the opinion of the assistant referee, crossed the line before John
hauled it back.   In 72 minutes Mario Jurjevic pounded a free kick
against the VIS crossbar and when the ball rebounded John Kalabric
poked it into the net.   Straight from the kick off the VIS ran
downfield and Fab Lettieri coolly beat his man and slotted the ball
past Andrew Belaich.   Substitute Bill Petrovski then tried to squeeze
a shot under Belaich and Joey di Iorio had the ball in the net for what
he thought was the equaliser only to be denied by yet another offside

A last minute goal by Even Papadopoulos enabled South Melbourne to
claim a victory over Albury Wodonga by two goals to one in a match
played at Myrtleford on Saturday.   John Ritchie put Albury Wodonga on
the board after 50 minutes and Tasso Tragakis equalised for South
Melbourne.   Ben Menzies in midfield and defender Neil Waddington held
sway for Albury Wodonga and Robert Liparotti stood out for the Blues. =20
Just when it seemed the match must end in a draw Papadopoulos broke
through for the winner.

Carlton kept up its chase of the Knights with a three-one win over
Bentleigh GreensAdam Pongho opened for Carlton in 41 minutes but Con
Papettas equalised three minutes later.   An own goal on the stroke of
half-time gave Carlton the advantage and Robert Trajkovski scored five
minutes into the second half to make certain of victory.

Heidelberg United had a six-nil win over Altona Magic, largely thanks
to a Nick Papoutsis hat-trick in 40, 65 and 86 minutes.   Ersan Yasan
put the Bergers on the board in 35 minutes and Tony Ouliaris and Peter
Natsis added the other goals in 59 and 70 minutes respectively.

National Youth League (Northern Division), 13-6 March 1998

League leader AIS was beaten by three goals to two by Newcastle
Breakers at Topper Stadium on Friday.   The Breakers led by a Peter
Juchniewicz goal after 8 minutes though Kevork Gulesserian equalised in
25 minutes.   In the second half, Gavin Vitullo scored his first of the
season for the Breakers in 65 minutes only for the prolific Chris
Tanchevski to reply for the AIS in 83, Tanchevski scoring against the
club from which he came to the Institute.   David Hodgson bobbed up
with the winner for the Breakers in 84 minutes.

UTS Olympic had a narrow two-one win over Marconi Fairfield Colts. =20
Angelo Petratos and Kimon Taliadoros scored for Olympic and Leigh Gunn
for the Colts.

Marconi Fairfield had no trouble in beating Sydney United by four goals
to one at Marconi Stadium on Saturday.   Joe Bruni scored the first two
goals in 16 and 29 minutes taking his total for the season to thirtteen
and Fernando Pellegrino completed the scoring in the first half in 43
minutes.   Nick Bosevski was on target for United in 67 minutes, but
Luke Tomich restored Marconi's three goal advantage in 74 minutes..

Wollongong City downed the New South Wales Institute of Sport by five
goals to one, and the goals were shared around six players.   Dylan
McAllister scored for the home side, and Ray Younis, Kane Maccabei,
Paul Reid, Victor Costabile and Sebastian Sinozic, making a welcome
return to Australian action, for the Wolves.

The Queensland Academy of Sport just managed to beat Sydney United
Colts by two goals to one at the Sydney United Sports Centre.   Gareth
Dorey got a goal for Queensland but the Colts equalised through Marin
Galic and it was very late in the game when coach Gary Phillips notched
the winner.   He had to take part because so many of his regulars had
been called up by Frank Farina for the seniors.   'You haven't lost
your touch?', I queried.   'You can't lose what you never had', the
modest coach replied.