Weekly Wrap – Week 11

A semi-final berth, cards and missed opportunities headlined a roller coaster weekend.

The D Grade lined up in another important clash against a well credentialed Brahma Lodge side. OISC had their opposition under the pump early and had the lead in the opening minutes following a handball in the box, the resultant penalty duly converted by David Leach. The game then became an evenly matched contest, both sides having chances to score. Brahma took one of these seizing on a keeper slip to level the match. A heavy clash between and out rushing Brahma keeper and Will Ventura stopped the match briefly. OISC were shortly after given a man advantage following a Brahma Red Card. Coming out of the break OISC looked to take make the most of their man advantage. An early ball through to Will Ventura restored OISC’s lead. A second heavy clash with the out rushing Brahma keeper and this time Michael Pannunzio again stopped the game. OISC continued to maintain the lead until two late goals in quick succession turned the game on its head and against the run of the match saw Brahma take the points with a 3-2 victory.

The C Grade maintained their good form from two weeks earlier, dominating large portions of the play. The defence needing to hold firm on the counter with Ronnie and Peter D’Argenio leading the defence to keep Sturt’s attacking moves at bay. Frank Maio giving OISC a well deserved lead which they were able to defend for the remainder of the match to give them a well deserved 1-0 victory.

The B Grade was engaged in an evenly matched tussle against a Sturt Marion side that were equally as keen for a vital three points. OISC had the skill advantage being able to better work the ball forward giving opportunity for a number of shots on goal. Sturt maintained a size advantage bumping and pulling in particular Andrew Rossi off the ball time and again without reward from the referee. Sturt seized on a keeper error to open the scoring. Once again OISC furiously had to look to bring a match back on level terms, with dedication to the cause, Paul Barolo brought down by friendly fire. Sensing the pressure building, Sturt tried to hold firm and ward off the building attacking pressure, a crude tackle on John Smith going unsanctioned. In the end despite a much improved performance Sturt still took a 1-0 victory.

The A Grade hoped to turn their fortunes around but again were under the pump early by a Sturt Marion side whose tactics from 2014 of long balls over the top appeared to remain in place. OISC again were struggling with the basics; a diving Anthony Verlato save was comfortably converted on the follow up thanks to a lack of defensive pressure. Sturt continued to dictate large portions of the half scoring twice more. When going forward OISC spurned most of the chances they had; Julian Sartoretto’s shot finding its way into a desperately evading Gary Dal Broi. At the break the players were asked to go out in the second half and make a statement, which in the opening seconds of the half they did with Peter Barone bringing one back. From here however an OISC performance that cannot be out into words ensued with Sturt putting in 4 second half goals and OISC having two players shown red cards for second cautions to see a humiliating 7-1 defeat and one of the most disappointing performances in recent club history.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves looked to bounce back and keep their Cup run going as well as restore OISC some pride against Div 4 side Ingle Farm. The girls jumped out of the blocks with a clinical passage from a Chloe Murray throw in to Eliza and on to Rachel Varricchio in space who put through Sarah Tronnolone to open the scoring with less than 2 mins on the clock. From here OISC maintained the majority of the attacking pressure but the defence needed to be alert to Farm’s moves forward, Enya and Chloe in particular holding the defensive line firm. Della Lopresto in her debut match in goal pulling off a vital save; the powerful kick out to half way eventually making its way to Sarah to double the lead which was soon out to three with her hat-trick on the quarter hour mark. Following the early frenetic period the match settled down, OISC continued to dominate, Gabby Parente and Gemma Bateman dominating through the midfield and allowing OISC to continue to maintain a bulk of possession in their attacking half. Ingle Farm having one major scoring opportunity from a set piece which was ably dealt with by Della and the defence. A late goal to Eliza saw OISC take a four goal advantage into the break. As the second half got underway OISC again dominated much of the possession. Shockwaves were sent through the OISC camp mid way through the half with Sarah engaged in a shoulder to shoulder scrap for the ball and in attempting to verbally quell the scrap was shown red for violent conduct leaving those on and off the ground in a state of shock. The dismissal leaving Gemma to take the armband. Not letting this derail the charge the girls only went up another level and began to seriously attack their goal once again, Eliza putting in her second before Gemma following a disallowed chance put home her first to seal the match. The 6-0 victory securing passage into a second consecutive Cup Semi Final.

Next week the season starts again for the men, the A/B/C Grades head northeast to take on Modbury Jets while the D’s look to make up for their first round loss as they go north to play Parafield Gardens. On Sunday the OISC Women are at the Superdome as they return to league action against Mt Barker United.