Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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North Queensland Fury moved off the foot of the A-League ladder and into seventh place after beating eighth-ranked Adelaide United 2-1 at home at Dairy Farmer Stadium in Townsville before 5,356 fans tonight.

The Fury took the lead in the 38th minute when Robbie Fowler crossed from the right and Daniel McBreen controlled the ball expertly and turned to beat Robbie Cornthwaite and score from the edge of the box.

Fowler made it 2-0 in the 67th minute when his shot took a slight deflection off Cornthwaite and rocketed into the net at keeper Eugene Galekovic’s near post.

Adelaide pressed strongly in the closing stages and had several chances to score.

They were rewarded two minutes into stoppage time when substitute Cristiano netted with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

It was interesting that referee Peter Green allowed Fury goalkeeper Mark Pasfield to wear a purple top with black shoulders and black shorts.

Adelaide were wearing their away strip of red shirts with black shoulders and black shorts and it was quite confusing at times when the ball was in the Fury penalty area.