Weekly Wrap – Round 18 + School Game

Final Round, Rocco and schoolboy soccer headlined a weekend which saw the club write another chapter in its history.

Sticking to the theory that you are only as good as your last game (e.g. Liverpool 1 Man United 0) Danzo was keen for the E’s to finish on a high note. There was much talk of a landslide but that was better left to the Coalition so stuck to the 4-2-3-1 formation. The job was made much easier as East Adelaide had a keeper who struggled to hold on to the ball. Gab Soriano’s quick thinking and follow up allowed him to poach 3 goals. A left foot strike from Leachy hit the bar falling to Gab to open the scoring. Poor keeping in the second half led to a comfortable 3-0 win leaving Gab to desperately seek second preference votes to get his tally of goals to 9 but alas, fell short. A great season leaves the E Grade in 4th spot.

The D Grade took on East Adelaide in the sunshine and on a good pitch and found very little more than that to enjoy from their day, with East Adelaide putting OISC under pressure, breaking through the defence to continue building a heavy lead. A goal to the hero Daniel Arbon did provide some consolation but the 9-1 loss was a disappointing way to end a difficult season.

The C Grade took on Titans on a pitch which was the best OISC has played on all season and took immediate advantage with Rocco D’Onofrio breaking through to go 1 on 1 with the keeper and clinically chipping the ball over to take the lead after 9 minutes. OISC continued to dominate play with a pass from Farzin Forooz down the left side setting Phillip Dichiera up in the box to extend the lead. Titans then immediately replied scoring twice to level the match. OISC then lifted the intensity searching for the winner which resulted in Rocco D’Onofrio collapsing with a hamstring injury. The winner was finally found with an Adam Kangas chip through to Phillip Dichiera to close out a 3-2 win and see the C Grade finish off the season 7 games unbeaten in 6th place.

The B Grade was finding the going a bit tougher against a team who had their measure in the first round. Again both sides were evenly matched with both having opportunities to score but neither really able to take their chances or break down the opposition’s defensive line. The match remained evenly poised through the first half with the match still level at half time. The second half continued much like the first with both sides having chances, OISC found themselves the better side but could not put the ball into the net and in the end had to settle for a 0-0 draw securing a Top 5 finish.

The A Grade knew that a high place on the table was on the line and they maintained pressure on Titans with the ball consistently remaining in OISC’s attacking half. The pressure applied paid off with a header from Chris Gauro which was on track to being saved intercepted by the head of Stuart Baille who sent in into the back of the net. Titans lifted the intensity trying to level the match, while the work rate of OISC dropped momentarily they were still able to hold Titans out. In the second half the introduction of Adam Carbone had immediate effect scoring with his first touch from a long run and pass from Gary Dal Broi. Titans managed to get one back but an own goal then kept OISC with a comfortable advantage, a clinical shot from Adam Carbone sealed a convincing 4-1 win. The win sealing third place, the highest finish in the Premier Division in the club’s history.

On Sunday a select men’s team and the OISC women took on the 1st XI of St Ignatius College in two friendly matches which saw the OISC women take a 3-1 win with goals to Sarah Tronnolone (2) and Gemma Bateman, the men had to settle for a 3-3 draw with goals to Joelon Covino, Gab Soriano and Phillip Dichiera. The College retaining the SIC v OISC shield.

While the men have finished their season the OISC women face up to two matches in the final week taking on St Peters in a title deciding catch-up game Wednesday night 8pm at SAWSA on Greenhill Road and then on Sunday playing Pembroke.

Reminder: Presentation Night is Saturday Sept 21 at the AltaVilla Club. A four course meal and 5 hour drinks package will be on offer. Tickets are $70. For more info check out thePresentation Night Facebook event.

 

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