Lost opportunities, heavy conditions and another clean sheet headlined a weekend where only two wins were recorded.
The E Grade with the right kit and without the inspirational Danzo at the helm, took an early lead through a Nick Crouch goal over an equally matched Flinders side. The first half was evenly matched with OISC having a number of other chances to score but unable to convert. Willing the E’s to keep the momentum going and not be sent packing like England, Leachy wanted more of the same in the second half. Flinders however began to have a few chances coming out of the half providing some nervous moments but the defence held strong and were able to keep the ball out. As the half wore on OISC took back the momentum and again began to dominate play and extended the advantage with a Joel Ortner shot finding its way into the top corner, reliving the pressure. Flinders brought one back late (in the form of an own goal) and in the final 10 minutes OISC focused on defending their goal to ensure they didn’t give up the points as well and ran out 2-1 winners.
The D Grade looked for a shot at redemption, boasting a strong side they again however found themselves down two early goals. Not to be denied OISC showed some considerable spirit and fought back first through a Blake Thompson goal then another to Gab Soriano to bring the match back to 2-2 at half time. In the second half OISC struggled to keep up with the pace of the Flinders side going 4-2 down before being reduced to 10 men. The extra man advantage allowed Flinders to ram home the advantage to take the game 7-2.
The C Grade struggled against a Titans side who were equally matched. The same problems as the previous week continued to plague OISC with ball watching costing the first goal. From there it was a matter of attempting to play catch up football. As a result of this OISC found themselves left vulnerable with Titans scoring a second. OISC managed to bring one back through Monty Soares but it wasn’t enough with Titans taking the points 2-1.
The B Grade found themselves coming out in the same fashion as last week with Titans dominating first half with OISC struggling to get into the match. Defensive errors enabled Titans to take a comfortable lead into half time. Again coming out of half time OISC began to build momentum with two goals to Callum Watson drawing OISC back level. In the end the match finished 2-2, with OISC knowing a golden opportunity was let slip.
The A Grade likewise were down early against Titans, struggling to keep up with the pressure being applied. As the fist half went on OISC began to settle and press forward putting some shots in. A penalty converted by Peter Barone brought OISC level, but unable to go on with it. Titans again scored to give them a 2-1 half time lead which could have been greater had the OISC defence through the middle particularly Julian Sartoretto lifting the ball out of the danger zone. In the difficult and heavy conditions, the second half the match had some particular feeling with OISC pressing forward looking for an equaliser. Chris Gauro breaking the shackles of the unrewarded extra attention he had been receiving all match took the ball out wide and walked his way through the Titan defence to slot the ball past the keeper to once again level the match. The OISC midfield led by Elias Khoury pushed the ball forward but for the third time however OISC was unable to go on with the job with Titans kicking one into the corner, snapping the deadlock and without any colour again taking the lead. OISC lifted a gear searching for an equaliser, but like Italy against Costa Rica earlier in the morning were finding it difficult to break cleanly past the six at the back defending Titans goal. That was until a cross into the box found its way to sub Davide Cavuoto to level it for OISC. Despite coming close to snatching it OISC had to settle with a 3-3 draw.
On Sunday the OISC women took an early lead over Mercedes through a Niki Kapnistis goal. OISC continued to maintain possession in their attacking half with the midfield particularly Kate Ferguson and Spohie Hlipala giving the strikers the opportunity to extend the advantage, but being caught off-side continued to stifle OISC’s progress. However it was a Kate Ferguson tap in that gave OISC a 2-0 lead. OISC had further chances such as a corner catching the near post and being cleared. Mercedes were able to make some attacking forays but the defence held strong and cleared the ball out with relative composure. In the second half OISC began to show their superiority with the ball again rarely leaving the attacking half. Relishing the space and freedom in the middle of the park Alysia Panagakos extended the advantage to three then soon after four with a clean finish of a Sophie Hlipala corner. Again offsides slowed progress as OISC were trying to turn everything into a scoring shot. A second to Niki Kapnistis brought the lead to five before a foul on Sophie gave Alysia Panagakos a chance to line up the set piece from just outside the 18 yard box which was sent like a bullet into the back of the net for her second half hat-trick. At the end OISC ran out convincing 6-0 winners and recorded yet another clean sheet.
Next week all teams are once again at Glenunga with the A/B/C Grades taking on Modbury Jets, the D/E Grades playing Titans and the OISC women taking on Westminster.
Quiz Night is THIS SATURDAY NIGHT 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. If you still haven’t booked a table please contact Marc “Bacon” Lissner on 0420 904 743, check out the Facebook event for more info.