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Friday 18th

Wollongong Wolves vs Parramatta Power
Newcastle United vs Northern Spirit
South Melbourne vs Kingz FC
Adelaide City Force vs Melbourne Knights

Saturday 19th

Brisbane Strikers vs Sydney United
Marconi Stallions vs Perth Glory

Bye:
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Results from tonight:

Newcastle 1..................... McBreen 78
Northern Spirit 1............. Cervinski 23

Wollongong 1................... Ceccoli 13
Parramatta 0

South Melbourne 2................. Bacak 28, Boutsianis 87
Kingz FC 1.............................. Urlovic 70


Adelaide City 1................... Pantelis 55
Melbourne 1................. Da Costa 45
(70 mins)
 

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The final result from the Adelaide City-Melbourne Knights was a 3-2 win for Adelaide City :(

There is some controversy regarding the South Melbourne vs Kingz match where South Melbourne fielding an illegal player in Boutsianis its ironic that he scored the winner :) South Melbourne could lose the 3 points to Kingz for fielding that illegal player but nothing is certain yet.
 

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Controversial inclusion Con Boutsianis has scored the match-winning goal in South Melbourne’s late 2-1 win over the Kingz at Bob Jane Stadium.

Boutsianis was cleared to South by the Kingz last week on the condition that he not line up in tonight’s match, but the home side named him yesterday after claiming the NZ club had breached conditions of the switch, rendering the clause null and void.

With the scores locked at 1-1 with less than five minutes remaining after goals to Joe Bacak and Paul Urlovic, Boutsianis clinched the win for South when he smashed home a trademark goal.

But the points may yet go to the Kingz, with the result to be decided at the NSL Tribunal next week after South chairman Peter Mitrakas confirmed his club had been charged with bringing the game into disrepute over the deal.

"We will defend that at tribunal," said Mitrakas. "We've been trying for three days to get Soccer Australia to tell us what we could be charged with.

"Finally, at 4.30 this afternoon, they tell us - and this is all they can get us on - that we have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by playing Boutsianis tonight."

Bacak gave South the lead on 28 minutes, and the home side should have had four or five goals on the board by the time Urlovic snuck in at the far post and hit home the equaliser after 70 minutes.

But with the match seemingly headed for a draw, Boutsianis ensured the drama of the week continued when he shocked the Kingz with his winner.

Two-time defending champion Wollongong has continued its mid-season revival with a 1-0 win over Parramatta Power at WIN Stadium.

Captain Alvin Ceccoli scored the game’s only goal in the 14th minute as the Wolves stretched their recent unbeaten run to four matches, but the home side had to survive some anxious moments.

The Power had their chances to at least grab an equaliser, if not win the match, with the clearest of them David Barrett’s header in injury time that hit the post.

"We've played better this season but I'm still happy with the result," Wollongong coach Ron Corry said. "I thought we had the more clear cut chances and deserved the win."

"We needed to clear that cross, but didn't and paid the price," Mitchell said. "Our lead up was fine, but our final ball left a lot to be desired."

After both teams missed chances to score inside the first seven minutes, Wollongong went ahead thanks to some fine passing between Alex Castro and Greg Sharland down the left.

Sharland then sent a superb cross to Ceccoli, who brought the ball down and easily beat former Wolves keeper Les Pogliacomi to give his team what would be a match-winning lead.

Parramatta front man Luke Roodenburg had a pair of opportunities to equalise but was denied on both occasions by Dean Anastasiadis, who also saved from Ahmad Elrich, while Sharland also wasted a chance to sew up the points when he shot wide for Wolves.

The visitors pushed hard for the equaliser in the closing stages, but David Cervinski was inspirational in defence, while midfielder Wayne O'Sullivan and defenders Nick Orlic and Alex Tobin played well for the Power.

Newcastle United has snatched a late equaliser to share the points in a 1-1 draw with the Northern Spirit at the International Sports Centre.

Newcastle dominated the match with 16 shots on goal to just six and 12 corners to two, but it was the Spirit that scored the opening goal thanks to an error from keeper Daniel Beltrame in the 24th minute.

Beltrame’s goal kick failed to clear the area, with striker Pablo Cardozo running onto the ball before laying it back for Adrian Cervinski to tap home.

But with 10 minutes left on the clock, substitute Daniel McBreen made the most of his injection into the game in the 58th minute to send a left-foot rocket ricocheting off the base of the left post and into keeper Paul Henderson before crossing the line.

"Realistically, to come away with a point, I'm quite happy," Spirit coach Mick Hickman said. "But to go so close after you defend for long periods you just hope you can kick it and get away with three points."

"If you don't score goals you dont win games," Newcastle coach Ian Crook said. "But they defended ever so well and put their body on the line a lot of the time and made it difficult for us a lot of the time."

United was hit by two late changes, with Kiwi captain Chris Zoricich forced out by injury and Michael Prentice also unavailable, with their places taken by Mitchell Johnson and Matt Bingley moving to right back.

And the Adelaide City Force have beaten the Melbourne Knights 3-2 thanks to a double from Lucas Pantelis, with all five goals coming in the second half.

Toto Da Costa opened the scoring for the Knights, but Pantelis levelled in the 56th minute and his team went ahead 2-1 23 minutes later through Ante Seric.

Da Costa’s second of the game in the 82nd minute put the contest back on level terms, before Pantelis sealed the three points for the home side with his 88th minute winner.
 

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Results from tonight:

Brisbane Strikers 1-2 Sydney United
Marconi Stallions 1-2 Perth Glory :cool:

Which means Glory go 10 points clear at the top of the table :cool:

They played a shocking first half against Marconi, and the Stallions took the lead in the 19th minute through John Maisano.

But the second half was totally different as Jamie Harnwell equalised with a cracking shot in the 49th minute and Mori scored the winner in the 88th minute after some great team work :cool:

Interesting was that before the match some Glory officials approached Angelo Costanzo and John Maisano about a move to Perth next season :)
 

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After hardly being seen for much of the match, Damian Mori has bobbed up with a late winner to hand league leaders Perth Glory a 2-1 victory over Marconi.

Mori beat three defenders in the 88th minute before smashing the ball past keeper Michael Turnbull from close range to give his team the three points in a match in which they should have been well behind early.

The Stallions opened the scoring in the 19th minute through John Maisano, but could have been up 3-0 at that stage after teenager Alex Brosque was twice denied by desperate defence.

Brosque’s first chance came when Norman Tome put him through after 11 minutes, but Craig Deans cleared off the line, and four minutes later ran onto a long ball from Grant Last, only for keeper Jason Petkovic to block the attempt.

The breakthrough finally came though when Chad Gibson picked Maisano out with a cross field pass and Maisano scored for the third time in as many matches from 10 metres.

But Perth began to lift in the second half through Jamie Harnwell, Bobby Despotovski and Brad Moloney, and the equaliser came when Harnwell drove the ball through the defence to score from long range four minutes after the interval.

"We should have been 3-1 down at halftime and the game should have been over," Perth coach Mick D'Avray said. "But Mori is the best striker in the league and Marconi gave us a second chance."

"We had them on the ropes in the first 20 minutes and I was disappointed again that they didn't take their chances. We didn't clear our lines and got punished," Marconi coach Lee Sterrey said.

"When Mori gets the ball you have to stop him because he won't beat you with skill but with strength."

Meanwhile Sydney United has caused an upset, beating the Brisbane Strikers 2-1 at Ballymore.

United went ahead just before half-time, with Strikers keeper Jason Kearten blocking a shot from Ante Milicic, only for Milicic to regain possession and lay it off for Christian Cevinini to slot home the open goal.

The lead was doubled four minutes after the interval when Milicic got on the end of a superb cross from midfielder Goran Talevski and had the easiest of tap-ins with Kearten slow to come off his line.

The visitors frustrated Brisbane all night with their defensive tactics, and apart from their two goals, it appeared Branko Culina’s men had come intent on returning home with a draw.

But the home side ensured interest in the match would remain right to the final whistle when Paul Foster pulled one back in the 80th minute. Brazilian Fernando Rech laid the ball off to Foster who slammed home his shot from the edge of the area.

And the Strikers almost snatched an unlikely equaliser seven minutes from time when Matthew McKay’s shot was cleared off the line by United defender Elvis Olic.
 

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Well done Sydney United :D That is a great win in Brisbane hopefully this has started our run to the top six :) Perth Glory are now ten points clear :depress: Looks like the minor premiership is all but theirs :(
 
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