A top of the table clash, rain and another pack of Wolves headlined a weekend which saw only two teams pick up wins.
The E Grade set about dominating their opponents and took an early lead. The match proved to be a bit of a shootout, with the experienced players keeping formations organised and the ball going forward, opportunities were taken with David Leach, Will Ventura and Sareen McLinton scoring, Danzo claimed that he too was close to scoring, in the end OISC still ran out 3-2 winners.
The D Grade looked to bounce back and did so taking an early lead, clearly dominating their opposition, many more chances were created. A penalty into the second half allowed the lead to be extended. Not satisfied OISC put a further two past the Northern Wolves keeper, a late goal to Wolves provided some consolation but the D Grade ran out 4-1 winners with Branko Ripa scoring a hat-trick and Daniel Arbon also scoring.
The C Grade got off to a slow start in the early game, Wanderers taking an early lead. The game became one where both teams created chances every time they went into their attacking half. The goals were spread across the side with Raffaele Ceravolo, Danny Totani, David Williams and Andrew Rossi all scoring, but many more opportunities going begging. Unfortunately Wanderers took more of their chances taking out a 5-4 win.
The B Grade faced a game where they needed to keep touch with the teams at the top of the table. Again, Wanderers took the lead early through some good attacking and some poor OISC defending. The B’s struggled to recover and fully get into the game going into half time behind. Another goal for the season to Simon Ventoruzzo kept OISC in the hunt to take the game. In the end though Wanderers took a 2-1 win.
The A Grade faced a top of the table game which could define their season. Again they got off to a slow start, with Wanderers capitalising and taking the lead. This sparked OISC to life with Chris Gauro levelling the match. Wanderers quickly replied to have them 2-1 ahead at H/T. In the second half the game took a different turn, a penalty taken by Adrian Stenta levelled the match. OISC started to slow the match down but two red cards in quick succession had the A’s down to 9 men. Despite this OISC continued to hold off Wanderers going forward with Shaun George working hard through the middle to keep the ball out of their attacking half. Inevitably though Wanderers took advantage of their two man advantage by scoring twice more to give them a 4-2 win.
On Sunday the OISC women faced St Peters and came out hard early and doing a majority of the attacking in the first half creating many chances. St Peters scored a lucky goal to give them a 1-0 half time lead. In the second half St Peters were on top scoring three more, some good and “hard” defending stopped the scoreline grow further. At the other end OISC was still creating a number of chances with Sophie Hlipala bringing one back; a near miss from a corner and hitting the crossbar from 30 yards by Alysia Panagakos could have brought OISC back into the game. In the end the 4-1 loss did not reflect the state of the match.
On the long weekend next week the cup competition returns with A/B/E grades all in action on Sunday away from home with the A’s playing Sun Div 1 side Elizabeth Vale, the B’s Sun Div 2 side Tea Tree Gully and the E’s Sun Div 2 side Para Hills East. The C/D and women’s teams have the weekend off.