Hat-tricks, lost opportunities and the C Grade highlighted a weekend which saw only two teams pick up wins.
The E Grade made the journey to the safe Labor seat at Elizabeth taking on Northern Wolves. Supercoach Danzo was unavailable since he was interstate exploring a peptide program for 2014. The system of 4-2-3-1 demonstrated its value as the blend of youth and experience was about right. A couple of fine goals from Gab Soriano including a well driven shot into the corner highlighted OISC’s attacking play. Sam Bishop had a goal handed to him on a plate and Leachy smacked a penalty home too. There was some interesting refereeing including a guy who handballed the ball on the line and was not sent off and another OISC goal was denied when it was at least a foot over the line and the linesman failed to give it. (Ed: he was still standing level with the centre circle). An enjoyable result and fine 4-2 win.
The D Grade again found themselves down early in the match against a side who came out wanting the points. They put OISC under defensive pressure with shots continuing to be put in. In the second half, OISC began to chase the game and search for some goals to get back into the match; they were able to get one back through “The Hero” Daniel Arbon, but in the end OISC fell short losing 2-1.
The C Grade looked to continue their good form of late against second placed Wanderers. It wasn’t long until OISC opened the scoring through a long ball from James Mercuri crossed into Phillip Dichiera, who put it into the bottom corner. A second shortly after to James Mercuri kept the momentum going. Wanderers found the pressure applied by OISC difficult causing them to make errors and turn the ball over regularly when going forward. A hat-trick to Raffaele Ceravolo broke the shackles of the match putting five on the board. OISC continued to create chances some memorable with Rocco D’Onofrio showing his Air Jordan leap, described as “this guy was 6”2’ and I jumped so high it was like I was floating, I could have rested my arm on this guys head” but nevertheless the header found its way over the cross bar. Two more in the second half to Phillip Dichiera not only completed his hat-trick but set up an exciting race for the leading goalscorer and capped off a convincing 7-2 win.
The B Grade took on Wanderers in a match which remained evenly poised through the first half, both sides creating chances but neither able to break through which was frustrating those out on the pitch. The second half saw both sides creating chances with the attacking combination of Andrew Rossi and Simon Ventoruzzo who were able to drag the Wanderers keeper a long way off the goal line and put shots in but unable to find the back of the net. The match ended in an even 0-0 draw.
The A Grade needed to win to keep any hopes of glory alive. They came out however a bit sloppy with poor defending putting them behind within the first 5 minutes. Relentless pressure piled on by Wanderers caused OISC to respond with Chris Gauro having countless chances to level the scoring with none of them finding their way into the goal. Chasing the game in the second half OISC again had a number of chances but were not able to get on the scoreboard; Wanderers meantime took advantage of some disorganisation in the OISC defence to score twice more and take a convincing 4-0 win.
The OISC women were scheduled to take on St Peters on Sunday but the rain rendered Saints postage stamp ground unplayable so they enjoyed an unscheduled weekend off.
Next week is the final home game for all teams with the A/B/C grades playing for respect against Comets, the D & E grades facing Simba Heroes and the OISC women taking on Westminster.
Reminder that Presentation Night is Saturday September 21 at the AltaVilla Club. A four course meal and 5 hour drinks package will be on offer. Tickets can be purchased from a committee member and are $70 with all tickets purchased before September 6 going into the running for a door prize. For more info check out the Presentation Night Facebook event.