Adelaide United season 2006-07


Adelaide United season 2006-07

Adelaide United FC had a successful Season One of the A-League winning the Minor Premiership before choking in the Finals Series and finishing third. United will look to improve on this opening effort with a bigger and better Season Two. Adelaide began their 2006-07 season with a 2-2 draw with local club Adelaide Galaxy and a 2-1 win over a State Select. This was followed up with a highly successful pre-season cup which the Reds won defeating Central Coast on penalties in the final.

Personnel changes

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* 11 flagicon|Brazil Romário (from flagicon|USA Miami FC on 4-match Guest Stint)
* 11/23 flagicon|Australia Dez Giraldi (from flagicon|Italy Empoli)
* 12 flagicon|Australia Greg Owens (from flagicon|Australia Sydney United)
* 15 flagicon|Australia Nathan Burns (from flagicon|Australia A.I.S)
* 16 flagicon|Netherlands Bobby Petta (from flagicon|England Bradford City)
* 21 flagicon|Australia Jason Spagnuolo (from flagicon|Australia MetroStars);Out
* Louis Brain
* Chad Bugeja
* Michael Matricciani
* Tony Hatzis

United have also signed Jason Spagnuolo and Greg Owens on long-term deals after they impressed during their 4-week stay late last season. Qu Shengqing originally left Adelaide to return to China but has now signed for another A-League season. Nathan Burns joins Adelaide from the A.I.S.

Romário

Adelaide United are currently linked with Brazilian football legend Romário. The 1994 World Cup winner is still attempting to score 1,000 goals and be up there with Pelé as the all-time greatest scorer. Romário, 40, will play for the Reds on a four week guest stint of which each club is allowed to sign two players. Last year, Sydney FC signed Kazuyoshi "Kazu" Miura for four A-League matches and the Club World Championships and this season they are set to sign Italian forward Benito Carbone. The Newcastle United Jets are also reportedly interested in a guest player, former 1990's English striker Stan Collymore.

The Football Federation Australia has agreed to let Adelaide United sign Romário. This came days after they said no to the Jets in their chase for Collymore. Romário is still playing for Miami FC in the United Soccer Leagues which is America's second division. He is currently on 984 career goals and needs 16 more to reach the 1,000 mark which he says has become an obsession.

It was reported in The Advertiser on Wednesday September 27, 2006, that the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah had inquired about Romário. The Sultan could offer much bigger money than Adelaide United and things could completely turn around. The article also stated the matches that Romário is most likely to play. Under the deal that United wish to sign himon, Romário would play two matches for his current club Miami FC against Adelaide United and two days later against an FFSA Select Team with both of these matches at Hindmarsh Stadium. He would then play four A-League matches for United against the Mariners in Gosford, followed by three home matches against Melbourne, New Zealand and Newcastle. United are also reportedly looking at the option of signing him for the rest of the A-League season.

On Friday September 29, 2006, Adelaide United Football Club released an [http://adelaideunited.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5301&pageid=147 official statement] on their website which confirmed the signing of Romário to a four match guest stint. He will play four A-League matches for United against Central Coast in Gosford, followed by three home matches against Melbourne Victory, NZ Knights and Newcastle Jets.----footballbox | date = October 17 2006
team1 = Adelaide United |score= 1–2 |report= [http://www.adelaideunited.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5535&pageid=147 (Report)] |team2 = Miami FC|goals1 = Shengqing Qu 31'|goals2 = Romário 35' Bruno 86'|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 7,528
Referee: ??? (Australia)
----footballbox | date = October 17 2006
team1 = SA State Team |score = 1–3|report= |team2 = Miami FC |goals1 = Nathan Day|goals2 = Bruno Elton Gomes Romário |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 2,226
Referee: ??? (Australia)

Pre-season friendlies

Adelaide United played two major pre-season friendlies. They began with a 2-2 draw with Galaxy and played in front of a 1500 strong crowd at the Marden Sports Complex against a Super League Select.

footballbox | date = July 2006
team1 = Adelaide Galaxy |score = 2–2|report= |team2 = Adelaide United |goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Camden Sports Complex
Attendance: ?,???
Referee: ??? (Australia)
----footballbox | date = July 12, 2006 19:00
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 2–1|report= |team2 =

SA State Team |goals1 =Michael Valkanis 47' Mathew Kemp 57'|goals2 =Nick Budin |stadium = MARS Sports Complex
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: ??? (Australia)

A-League Pre-Season Cup

United performed well in the group stage beating Melbourne Victory before draws against the Mariners and Perth. They failed to take advantage of the Bonus Round offer only beating the NZ Knights 1-0. This meant that they would meet Sydney FC in Wollongong, continuing a strong rivalry formed in Season One. Adelaide's Kristian Rees scored an injury time winner to send the Reds through to their first ever final. United won this match on penalties after Andre Gumprecht cancelled out Carl Veart's spectacular overhead bicycle kick. Stewart Petrie was the unlucky Mariner to miss while Carl Veart was the hero with the winning spot kick.

Group Stage

footballbox | date = July 16, 2006
team1 = Melbourne Victory |score = 0–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4283&pageid=18 (Report)] |team2 = Adelaide United |goals1 = |goals2 = Carl Veart 65' |stadium = Aurora Stadium
Attendance: 6,834
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)
----footballbox | date = July 22, 2006
team1 =

Central Coast Mariners |score = 0–0|report= [http://www.ccmariners.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4346&pageid=261 (Report)] |team2 = Adelaide United |goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Wade Park
Attendance: 4,344
Referee: Simon Przydacz (Australia)
----footballbox | date = July 29, 2006
15:00
team1 = Perth Glory |score = 0–0|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4430&pageid=11 (Report)] |team2 = Adelaide United |goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Dorrien Gardens
Attendance: 3,038
Referee: Angelo Nardi (Australia)
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Bonus Round

footballbox | date = August 4, 2006
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 1 –0|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4497&pageid=1 (Report)] |team2 =

New Zealand Knights |goals1 = Carl Veart 19' |goals2 = |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 12,006
Referee: ??? (Australia)
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Play-off Round

footballbox | date=August 11, 2006
19:30
team1 = Sydney FC |score = 1 –2|report= [http://www.sydneyfc.com/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4587&pageid=489 (Report)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = David Carney 43' |goals2 = Travis Dodd 16' Kristian Rees 90'|stadium = WIN Stadium
Attendance: 4,210
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)
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Final

footballbox
date = August 19, 2006
18:00
team1 =

Central Coast Mariners
score = 1–1
(a.e.t.)
report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4679&pageid=11 (Report)]
team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Gumprecht 77'
goals2 = Veart 7'
stadium = Central Coast Stadium
Attendance: 10,463
Referee: Simon Przydacz (Australia)
penshootoutbox2
penalties1 = McMaster: scored
Petrie: missed (crossbar)
O'Sullivan: scored
Spencer: scored
Hutchinson: scored
penaltyscore = 4–5
penalties2 = Alagich: scored
Owens: scored
Aloisi: scored
Qu: scored
Veart: scored
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A-League Season

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Adelaide United are looking to build upon their successful opening season in which they won the minor premiership. They choked in the finals however and their aim for Season Two is to achieve results in the Finals Series. They open the season with away matches in Melbourne and Auckland.

Round 1

----footballbox | date=August 25, 2006
20:00
team1 = Melbourne Victory |score = 2–0 |report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4789&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430075/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Kevin Muscat 29' pen Claudinho 78'|goals2 = |stadium = Olympic Park
Attendance: 15,781
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

A thoroughly deserved win for Melbourne who dominated. The three Brazilians impressed particularly Alessandro who won the penalty and gave Adelaide's Richie Alagich a lot of trouble down the flanks. Grant Brebner was also very good. For Adelaide the likes of Shengqing Qu, Travis Dodd, Carl Veart did not produce their best football and Adelaide's attack was toothless.

Round 2

----footballbox | date=September 2, 2006
12:30
team1 = New Zealand Knights |score = 1–0|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=4899&pageid=11 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430080/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Malik Buari 88' |goals2 = |stadium = North Harbour Stadium
Attendance: 4,100
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)

Another lacklustre performance from Adelaide as the much-improved New Zealand Knights stole all three points with an early contender for goal of the season from Ghanaian midfielder Malik Buari. Sean Devine, Jonti Richter and Darren Bazeley were all solid contributors for NZ while the entire Adelaide side played well below their best.

Round 3

----footballbox | date=September 8, 2006
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 5–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5001&pageid=11 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430083/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

Newcastle United Jets
goals1 = Fernando 8', 72' Robert Cornthwaite 19' Qu Shengqing 28' Andrew Durante (OG) 65'|goals2 = Mark Bridge 52' |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 8,785
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Adelaide returns to form with an emphatic 5-1 demolition of the Newcastle United Jets on a cold, wet Friday night at Hindmarsh Stadium. Nothing went right for the Jets as United scored 3 times in the first half an hour with all 3 goals beginning with set pieces. Fernando got the ball rolling as he turned in a Jason Spagnuolo free kick. Robert Cornthwaite followed up a superb Ross Aloisi free kick and then Chinese striker Qu scored directly from a free kick. Jets striker Bridge pulled one back for the Jets in the second half but defender Durante scored a horrendous own goal. Bobby Petta impressed on his debut match for the Reds.

Round 4

----footballbox | date=September 16, 2006
18:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 3–0 |report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5110&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430088/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

Perth Glory
goals1 = Fernando 14' Travis Dodd 34' Jamie Coyne (og) 50' |goals2 = |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 11,474
Referee: Peter O'Leary (Australia)

Adelaide United put in their second successive impressive performance and they were simply too good for the Glory who seemed to have no power going forward without injured stars Stan Lazaridis and Bobby Despotovski. United created chances from the first whistle with Dodd going close before Fernando opened the scoring with a shot in the 14th minute which beat goalkeeper Aleks Vrteski. The second goal came as the Glory defence sat back allowing superb winger Dodd too much time and space and he blasted the ball straight through Vrteski to make it 2-0. United added the third goal five minutes after the interval as Fernando's shot which was heading wide of the target took a wicked deflection off Jamie Coyne and fooled Vrteski. Coyne was credited with the own goal. United then created late chances through subs Bobby Petta and debutant Dez Giraldi but the score remained at 3-0.

Round 5

----footballbox | date=September 22, 2006
20:00
team1 = Queensland Roar |score = 0–0|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5208&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430092/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 16,143
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

Queensland dominated their match against Adelaide and certainly showed why they are title contenders early in the season. Their five-man attack consisting of Ante Milicic, Reinaldo, Yuning Zhang, Simon Lynch and Dario Vidosic is certain to score goals this season and only some outstanding saves by Reds 'keeper Robert Bajic kept Adelaide in the game. Shengqing Qu will come under the FFA review panel's scrutiny for his headbutt on Roar captain Chad Gibson. At the end of the match a flurry of Queensland chances, most of which fell to Zhang, weren't enough to secure the points for QLD even though they thoroughly deserved the win.

Round 6

----footballbox | date=October 2, 2006
16:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 1–4|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5330&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430098/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Sydney FC
goals1 = Nathan Burns 55'|goals2 = Ruben Zadkovich 37' Travis Dodd (og) 58' Sasho Petrovski 80' Benito Carbone 85'|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 15,119
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

A poor match from Adelaide allowed Sydney FC to move four points clear of them on the A-League ladder. Sydney FC started the match well with Alex Brosque and Benito Carbone playing good football in and around the box. Travis Dodd had the first real chance of the game in a one-on-one with Clint Bolton but the speedy United winger took a bad touch allowing Bolton to make an easy save. In the 38th minute, Carbone was allowed too much time and space and he lobbed a perfect ball over to Zadkovich who tapped the ball past Bajic. United returned from the half time interval as the better team and they only had to wait eight minutes before Young Socceroo Nathan Burns scored his first A-League goal. Dodd made all the hard work go to waste however, when three minutes later he scored an own goal attempting to clear a ball which posed no danger. Carbone set up the third with a backheel which broke down the entire defence allowing substitute Petrovski to make the score 3-1. Then Carbone finally scored a goal for himself. He broke free on the right hand side and the flag stayed down allowing him to calmly slot the ball past Bajic. 4-1 to Sydney FC. Jason Spagnuolo and Carl Veart missed two easy chances to make the scoreline less embarrassing and Adelaide's defence knows it must improve with the dangerous Damian Mori coming to Adelaide next Friday night.

Round 7

----footballbox | date=October 6, 2006
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 3–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5394&pageid=1 (Report)]
[http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430099/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

Central Coast Mariners
goals1 = Carl Veart 25' Kristian Rees 58' Nathan Burns 90+1'|goals2 = Damian Mori 38'|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 10,493
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

A much improved performance from United after the 4-1 drubbing at home by Sydney FC. The Mariners started as the better side but United scored the opener as Jason Spagnuolo made the most of a defensive error by Damian Mori to provide the cross from which Carl Veart headed home from close range. Central Coast hit back a quarter of an hour later as Australian football legend and Socceroos all-time top scorer Damian Mori received a good ball, beat Ang Costanzo for pace and rounded 'keeper Robbie Bajic before celebrating his return to Hindmarsh Stadium in front of 10,000 booing Reds supporters. Adelaide came out of the dressing rooms after the half time break and threw absolutely everything at CCM with Matthew Kemp and Bobby Petta having almost identical chances saved by Vukovic. Greg Owens and Nathan Burns also missed crucial opportunities. Petta provided a good corner and tall centre back Kristian Rees headed home for his first goal of the season. Noel Spencer missed the Mariners' best chance of the half and United wrapped the game up with Carl Veart setting up a free Nathan Burns who ran the length of one half and slotted the ball past Vukovic.

Round 8

----footballbox | date=October 15, 2006
17:00
team1 = Melbourne Victory |score = 0–1|report = [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5500&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430105/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = |goals2 = Greg Owens 83'|stadium = Telstra Dome
Attendance: 32,368
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

One of the matches of the season as the Melbourne Victory attempted to maintain a 100% record against an Adelaide side nearing the top of their game. The match got off to a fiery start as Ross Aloisi and Grant Brebner received yellow cards in the opening minute. The Victory had the better of the chances during the match, yet it was the Reds who came away with the 3 points as a counter-attacking move saw Greg Owens run free and slot the ball past 'keeper Theoklitos. The main talking point however, was an altercation between Victory captain Kevin Muscat and Adelaide coach John Kosmina. The ball had gone out of play for a Melbourne throw-in and with his side 0–1 down, Muscat wanted to retrieve the ball quickly. The ball had gone under Kosmina's chair and as the Reds manager was picking it up, Muscat sent the Kossie sprawling to the turf. Kosmina then got up and grabbed Muscat by the throat. Kosmina was sent to the stands while Muscat received a booking. Kosmina was given a 6 week suspension, with two suspended. The Victory still sit atop the A-League ladder while United are third.

Round 9

----footballbox | date=October 22, 2006
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 4–2|report= [http://a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5613&pageid=11 (Report)]
[http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430110/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

New Zealand Knights
goals1 = Nathan Burns 23'
Carl Veart 36'
Bobby Petta 56'
Travis Dodd 84'|goals2 = Noah Hickey 65'
Adam van Dommele (og) 72'|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 11,600
Referee: Angelo Nardi (Australia)

An impressive attacking performance as Adelaide go outright second on the A-League ladder. Rising stars Nathan Burns and Bruce Djite showed that they can do whatever Fernando and Qu can do. Jason Spagnuolo more assists setting up goals for Burns and Petta. However, the defensive effort wasn't as good as the Hindmarsh crowd has come to expect with poor defending giving Noah Hickey the Knights second of the season and Adam van Dommele scoring an embarrassing own goal to make matters worse. Dodd sealed the win with a late header which beat Milosevic.

Round 10

----footballbox | date=October 27, 2006
19:30
team1 = Newcastle United Jets |score = 2-1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5700 (Report)]
[http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430112/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Vaughan Coveny 26' Nick Carle 89'|goals2 = Carl Veart 37' pen|stadium = EnergyAustralia Stadium
Attendance: 10,895
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

Another exciting match that bore similarities to the Round 5 match against the Roar. Newcastle dominated possession but Adelaide continued to defend well. Bajic made six saves and defenders scrambled to cover him even when he was beaten. As in round five, Adelaide had to absorb pressure, the Jets had 24 shots at goal. Unlike the Queenslanders however, Newcastle punished Adelaide for it's lapses in defence. At 1-1, 88 minutes into the match, Carl Veart had a chance to steal the game and cement second place on the ladder with his third spot kick of the night. The Jets had conceded two penalties with the first having to be retaken. Veart blasted the would-be match sealer over the bar and a minute later the Jets scored the winner instead.

Round 11

----footballbox | date=November 5, 2006
16:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 3–2|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5801 (Report)]
[http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430118/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

Perth Glory
goals1 = Carl Veart 16' pen
Greg Owens 24'
Mathew Kemp 57' |goals2 = Mimi Saric 14'
Bobby Despotovski 45' pen|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 11,062
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

Adelaide born Mimi Saric opened the scoring early in the first half due to some ball watching from the Adelaide defense but Carl Veart equalised literally straight after Saric scored after Spagnuolo was being held in the box. 8 minutes later Greg Owens scored a great goal after Travis Dodd burned down the right win and cross along to Veart, who missed the ball only for Greg Owens to place a perfect shot that creeped into the goal. Greg Owens missed another chance to put his side ahead but headed wide from 3 yards. On half time Perth were awarded a dubious penalty after a player was pushed in the Perth box. Bobby scored from the spot and the teams were equal at half time. Early in the second half Matty Kemp scored a freak goal from a narrow angle where he jumped and kicked the ball over the keepers head only for it to sneak under the crossbar and win the game.

Round 12

----footballbox | date=November 11, 2006
19:00
team1 = Queensland Roar |score = 0–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5890&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430121/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = |goals2 = Travis Dodd 62'|stadium = Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 14,154
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

A deserved win for Adelaide who dominated. Adelaide dominated play despite early shots from Queensland and the Roar hardly tested Bajic until the end of the second half. Travis Dodds goal came from a beautiful long pass from Greg Owens deep in the midfield to Carl Veart who shrugged off his defender and delivered a nice ball across the face of goal to give Travis the easiest of goals.

Round 13

----footballbox | date=November 19, 2006
17:00
team1 = Sydney FC |score = 2–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=5987&pageid=11 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430126/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Ufuk Talay 13'(pen) Mark Rudan 21'|goals2 = Ross Aloisi 5' |stadium = Aussie Stadium
Attendance: 14,308
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

Round 14

----footballbox | date=November 25, 2006
19:00
team1 =

Central Coast Mariners |score = 2–0|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6082&pageid=18 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430128/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Adam Kwasnik 56' Stewart Petrie 59' |goals2 = |stadium = Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium
Attendance: 13,119
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Round 15

----footballbox | date=December 1, 2006
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score =1–3|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6166&pageid=18 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430131/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

Melbourne Victory
goals1 = Fernando 42' |goals2 = Kevin Muscat 16' pen Danny Allsopp 61' Fred 86' |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 16,378
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Muscat scored from the spot early in the half after Bajic needlessly kicked Fred in the gut while retrieving the ball. Fernando scored a header from a beautiful cross from Matthew Kemp to equalise and Adelaide looked to score again. Half time came at the wrong time for AUFC as they were gaining momentum. The game was 50/50 after half time until the aging Adelaide Midfield began to tire and in the 61st minute Allsopp scored due and in the 86th minute Fred scored after his 1v1 shot was blocked beautifully by Beltrame, but Fred scored on the rebound.

Round 16

----footballbox | date=December 10, 2006
18:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 1–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6287&pageid=18 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430138/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

New Zealand Knights
goals1 = Greg Owens 72' |goals2 = Gao Leilei 17' |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 11,548
Referee: Angelo Nardi (Australia)

Gao Leilei scored in the 16th minute after Richie Alagich started to wander and entered the 6 yard box without any pressure and slotted the ball past Beltrames near post. Adelaide had chances and Spagnuolo hit the bar but in the 71st minute Greg Owens passed to Travis Dodd in the midfield and Travis out dribbled the defense to deliver a perfect ball back to Greg Owens whose shot hit the ball then went in off the keeper.

Round 17

----footballbox | date=December 15, 2006
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 3–2 |report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6372&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430140/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 =

Newcastle United Jets
goals1 = Romário 15' Fernando 60' Greg Owens 78'|goals2 = Mark Bridge 59' Matt Thompson 67'|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 12,214
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

One of the best ever games of Hindmarsh and Romarios departure was a great game. In the 15th minute the young master Spagnuolo skinned two defenders, feinted past Eagleton to deliver a shot at goal that Covic parried away. Luckily Romario was Johnny-on-the-spot and dispaced the rebound. Mark Bridge scored a beautiful goal in the 59th minute and straight after kick off, Alagich booted the ball down the Spagnuolo who passed it to Fernando, who miss hit the ball and wrongfooted Covic to deliver a very lucky goal. Matt Thompson scored one of the best goals of the season after skinning Rees and powering the ball into the top of the net. This wasn't enough to stop AUFC as soon after Owens received the ball from Romario on the edge of the box, wrong footed his marker and shot a ball that subtly curved into the top right hand corner.

Round 18

----footballbox | date=December 28, 2006
19:00
team1 = Perth Glory |score = 0–0|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6467&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430143/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Members Equity Stadium
Attendance: 8,226
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

Round 19

----footballbox | date=January 4, 2007
19:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 0–1|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6560&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430147/scoreboard.html Summary)] |team2 =

Queensland Roar
goals1 = |goals2 = Reinaldo 52'|stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 10,435
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

Round 20

----footballbox | date=January 14, 2007
18:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 1–0 |report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6674&pageid=11 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430153/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Sydney FC
goals1 = Fernando 89'|goals2 = |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 14,704
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

This match was Diegos debut and he impressed very much so. The only real chance or highlight in the game was the goal. Travis Dodd was brought down on the edge of the box and Petta took the free kick. Petta crossed to an unmarked Diego who headed the ball into Fernandos chest and the ball went through Boltons legs, although Fernando didn't know too much about it. Soon after Beltrame denied Coricas header with a great diving save and Adelaide took second place.

Round 21

----footballbox | date=January 21, 2007
19:30
team1 =

Central Coast Mariners |score = 1–3|report= [http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=6775&pageid=1 (Report)] [http://www.a-league.com.au/scoreboard/0000430158/scoreboard.html (Summary)] |team2 = Adelaide United
goals1 = Tom Pondeljak 77'|goals2 = Nathan Burns 10', 49', 66' |stadium = Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium
Attendance: 8,128
Referee: Simon Przydacz (Australia)

Adelaide scored in the 10th minute thanks to some brilliant wingplay from former Celtic star Bobby Petta who crossed the ball across the goal to Burns who scored a very easy tap in. After half time Kwasnik missed a penalty after Kemp handballed in the box and straight after Burns scored his second of the night with a cheeky feint to trick the keeper. Soon after Burns made his own goal after passing to Djite who passed to Petta, who rolled the ball through the Mariners defense to give Burnsy a relatively easy goal. Pondeljaks goal came after a messed up clearance by Beltrame. Beltrame kicked it straight to Pondeljak who showed some killer instinct and skill by perfectly placing it above Bells head and ending his hope for his clean sheet. Djite hit the bar from a stunning volley from distance but failed to score. This game cemented Adelaides second place finish.

A-League Play-offs

Major Semi Final (1st leg)

----footballbox | date=January 28, 2007
17:30
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 0–0|report= |team2 =

Melbourne Victory
goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 15,575
Referee: Simon Przydacz (Australia)

Major Semi Final (2nd leg)

----footballbox | date=February 4, 2007
18:00
team1 = Melbourne Victory |score = 2–1|report= |team2 = Adelaide United |goals1 = Danny Allsopp 48'
James Robinson 90+2' |goals2 = Travis Dodd 4' |stadium = Telstra Dome
Attendance: 47,413
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Preliminary Final

----footballbox | date=February 11, 2007
18:00
team1 = Adelaide United |score = 1–1 (AET)
(4–3 PSO) |report= |team2 =

Newcastle United Jets |goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium = Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 13, 798
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia

Grand Final

----footballbox | date=February 18, 2007
18:00
team1 = Melbourne Victory |score = 6–0|report= |team2 = Adelaide United |goals1 = Archie Thompson 21', 29', 40', 56', 73'
Kristian Sarkies 90+3'|goals2 = |stadium = Telstra Dome
Attendance: 55,436
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)


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