BREAKING NEWS: B GRADE HAS DRAWN MODBURY VISTA IN THE 3RD ROUND OF THE RESERVE CUP ON SATURDAY 12 JULY AT THE GLENUNGA SUPERDOME.
Breakfasts, another A Grade win and lost opportunities headlined a bit of an underwhelming weekend for the club.
After the World Cup Breakfast for the Socceroos match at Becco on the Parade the E Grade headed up the winding road better designed for cyclists to Birdwood to take on Torrens Valley. After borrowing a kit from our opponents (thanks supercoach and Torrens Valley). Danzo recovered and gave a rousing speech before the game providing a degree of confidence. The game was tight early on but Leachy managed to open the scoring converting a free kick after initiating a foul just outside the box; the keeper transfixed with the ball dislodging the side netting. OISC then conceded when a chance to clear the ball was spurned levelling the scores. Set pieces began to worry Torrens Valley it was no surprise really when Trengove drove a shot in that was deflected past their keeper. Another set piece was well converted by Will Ventura taking a 3-1 lead at half time. The second half OISC was poor defensively with very soft goals being conceded. OISC hung on with Danzo taking a heavy knock and the glamorous captain resembling a freedom fighter, in a head bandage, after receiving a heavy knock. The match ended with a 3-3 draw and an opportunity lost. The D’s hoped to capitalise but too suffered a very disappointing day.
The C Grade headed down Greenhill Road to take on Comets and took the lead immediately in with almost the fastest goal in C Grade history. Dropped from the B Grade after last weeks performance, Rocco D’Onofrio found himself in a two on one, dummying the ball he sent the players left when he went right to send the ball past the keeper’s outstretched hand. Keeping the momentum going Greg’s men continued to press forward and create scoring opportunities. Ronnie Arboit found the going tough with the ball bobbling all over the place in the box but managing to keep Comets scoring opportunities at bay. A D’Onofrio second extended the advantage but the 2-1 halftime score line was precarious. In the second half OISC struggled to gain momentum looking tired and spending considerable time ball watching which allowed Comets to equalise and take the lead. The match finished with a 3-2 win to Comets and opportunity lost for OISC.
The B Grade looked to extend their advantage at the top of the table. The first half however proved scrappy with no side taking an advantage. OISC came close to taking the lead mid-way through the half when a Callum Watson goal was ruled offside. Continuing to press for the opening goal, not long after an Andrew Rossi cross was put in for Adam Sorgini, the ball should have been cleared by the Comets defence but capitalising on this not happening, Sorge was able to steady and score the goal. Looking for a second OISC continued to press but Comets were able to take advantage of some skill errors and level the match which is the way it stayed, a 1-1 draw.
The A Grade needed to get three points out of this match and within the first 90 seconds had the lead when Chris Gauro found himself on the end of a bouncing ball; Taking on the keeper who had come out attempting to meet it Gauro lobbed the ball into the net for the perfect start. That perfect start lasted only a matter of seconds with Comets immediately taking the ball down the other end from the restart and taking advantage of keeper error immediately levelled the match. OISC again looked to build with Peter Barone beating two defenders to give OISC the lead back after 15 mins. Play continued for the remainder of the half with the ball largely travelling end to end with both teams having further opportunities. Some diving Ciccarello saves kept Comets from equalising again. The match continued with the referee encouraging free play, which caused frustration from some players. In the second half OISC again looked to extend the advantage. A Chris Gauro free found the head of Gary Dal Broi in the box who flicked it in for OISC’s third. With a two goal advantage OISC became a bit complacent with Comets beginning to have a few chances of their own, only some desperate defending and keeping maintained the advantage. The result was put beyond doubt when Chris Gauro slotted home his second. A send off to Mick Dunstan for a second yellow upset things a bit but by then OISC had secured the points and a 4-1 win.
On Sunday the OISC women took on rivals Mercedes OC, and from the first whistle were asleep going down three goals within the first 20 minutes. Now needing to play catch-up football OISC continued to look sluggish forcing Coach Rossi to make some urgent changes which had immediate effect with OISC putting attacking pressure on and having a number of opportunities to score. The fist reply came when the ball made its way out of a kerfuffle in the box to Gabby Parente to finish. At half time it was decided to go for broke and attack in an attempt to chase the game. Coming out of the break OISC took the ascendency with Sarah Tronnolone scoring, bringing OISC back into the match. From this point however Mercedes again began to put the pressure on, the OISC defensive line particularly Lucia Caretti and Chloe Murray continued to work tirelessly to keep them at bay. However pushing for the equaliser inevitably left OISC vulnerable at the back, Mercedes putting in two late goals to take the match 5-2.
Next week all teams return to Glenunga with the A/B/C Grades taking on Titans, the D/E Grades facing Flinders and the OISC women facing Mercedes second side.
Reminder that Quiz Night is coming up on Saturday June 28 at the St Ignatius’ Parish Hall, Norwood. 6:30pm for a 7pm start, $10 entry. BYO Food (no drinks), full bar facilities will be available. As well as the quiz, the raffle and silent auction will once again be back with some great prizes on offer. To book a table please contact Marc “Bacon” Lissner on 0420 904 743, please also check out the Facebook event for more info.