Rain, missed opportunities and a long-range strike headlined a weekend which saw only the B Grade taking full points.
The E Grade looked to carry-on from last week against McLaren Districts. Attacking early the second goal drought in two weeks was broken as Paul Trengove scored. McLaren continued to create chances of their own; many kept out by an on fire Bacon, a penalty to David Leach kept the game alive. The highlight of the match came in the dying moments when from just inside OISC’s attacking half a cry of “shoot” echoed, to which Leachy duly obliged and the ball floated majestically through the air, swirling as crafted by magic it then fell into the top corner and the scores were level. Witnesses described an ageing glamour boy collapsing on the ground as the moment of ecstasy swept over him – saying that goal was as good as making love with a crowd of supermodels. In the end though it wasn’t enough as the match ended 3-3.
The D Grade hoped to put in a good performance. Again they found the going tough having to defend hard against McLaren’s attacking presence. The game remained close for the first half, Davide Cavuoto keeping OISC in touch, in the second half McLaren blew the game apart. Playing his second game for the weekend (and more minutes than he has played all season), a goal to Phillip Dichiera brought it closer but saw OISC fall short 5-2.
The C Grade took on Sturt Marion, looking to bounce back, the match remained a tight contest with no side gaining a clear advantage, a goal to Raffaele Ceravolo kept OISC in the box seat to take the points, Sturt Marion continued to respond. Following his earlier assist a goal to Phillip Dichiera saw the match level and in the end finish 2-2.
The B Grade desperate to bounce back, came out hard to try to put Sturt up against the ropes early, a goal to Adam Ciano quickly set about this. Showing the skills that lacked last week, they continued to attack with goals to Paul Murray and Andrew Rossi extending the advantage. Sturt tried to remain in touch captialising on a defensive error. A rocket to hurt the net from James Blake put the result beyond doubt and allowed them to celebrate a 4-2 win.
The A Grade faced Sturt Marion in a match billed as a “9 pointer.” Not starting well allowed Sturt to gain an early advantage taking a two goal lead. Finally OISC got some rhythm with a #goal by Marius Zanin, putting OISC back into the match, a second helped over the line by Chris Gauro levelled the match. The surprise subbing of Carbs changed the momentum of the match, replacement Elias Khoury was taken down which gave OISC the chance to take the lead. A rare miss from the penalty spot by Adrian Stenta kept the match at 2-2. A defensive error allowed Sturt to take the lead again, pressing forward to equalise OISC left defensive holes which saw Sturt score again to take a 4-2 win.
On Sunday the OISC women took on rivals MOSA under the gaze for the first time of President Danzo. Maintaining their momentum of past weeks, OISC dominated play creating chances. A goal from Sarah Tronnolone put OISC ahead near half-time. MOSA responded drawing the game level. A poor decision to award MOSA a penalty against keeper Natalie Rossi threatened to steal the game, however a wonderful save saw the bad decision not impact. A second late in the game to Sophie Hlipala nearly snatched the win but a goal on the counter to MOSA saw the game end 2-2.
Next week only two teams are in action with the B Grade taking on Adelaide Uni at Glenunga on Saturday in the Cup and on Sunday the OISC women travelling to take on Adelaide Uni Grey.