Key moments, spot kicks and 10 minutes of brilliance headlined a weekend where there were some important season defining results.
The E Grade faced a tough match against top of the table Flinders and fought gallantly but found themselves two down early. The guys had as the match wore on plenty of chances to get themselves back into the match, Tom Francesca having a handful of chances but unable to get full result. OISC continued to battle through the match but Flinders proved the superior side taking the match 3-0.
The D Grade also were down early against a fifth ranked Flinders side. Despite welcoming a number of big ins to their side, Flinders had OISC’s measure in the first half dominating proceedings keeping the defence and stand in keeper Dan Pace busy. In the second half OISC began to stamp their authority on the match with much more attacking penetration; Phil Dichiera proving dangerous but the boys were still unable to capitalise. That was until a 10 minute period mid way through the half where the whole game was turned on its head as Joel Ortner took the game away from a shell shocked Flinders side putting in a quick fire hat-trick of clinical finishes to give the D’s a 3-1 lead. A late shot that went rocketing into the post could have been the icing but in the end a brilliant hard fought team performance saw OISC take the points.
The C Grade started uncharacteristically flat in an important match against a Cobras side who they convincingly defeated in the pre-season. Cobras having the better of the opening period of the match as the OISC defence were giving their attacking player’s opportunities to penetrate gaps in their line to place shots on goal. A running header by Trent Spinelli from a well placed corner kick put OISC’s first on the board. A second could have easily followed with a Jake La Scala volley having to be paddled wide by a diving keeper seeing the match go in level at half time. Cobras took the lead as the second half progressed leaving OISC staring down the barrel but for Jake to step up and convert a penalty to bring the match back on level terms. The C’s had the Cobras defence under siege as the match drew to a close but they were unable to find the winner seeing the match end 2-2.
The B Grade similarly found the going tough against a Cobras side that had lifted for the occasion. After having the better of the early chances Cobras took the lead with a low guided rocket, OISC needing to respond quickly and quell the Cobras confidence which was steadily beginning to build. In the second half the boys continued to search for an equaliser but once again were hampered but a lack of clinical finishing. Cobras continued to push the defence as they tried to put the game beyond doubt but were also unable to finish as well as they did in the first half. OISC drew level late and “in a blur,” the goal coming from once the most unlikely of sources but now new attacking threat Paul Barolo tapping in corner at the back post. At the final whistle though the match ended a 1-1 stalemate.
The A Grade faced a must win match against a Cobras side placed one spot and 4 points above them on the table. The boys maintained control for much of the opening part of the match taking the lead as Mike Manou converted from the spot. OISC continued to play with calmness and structure that had been lacking in many matches through the opening part of the season and which was going to again be put to the test as Cobras fast running attacker brought the match back level. The boys regrouping and maintaining their structure to see Nick Barbieri again step up and give OISC the lead once more. The focus as the half drew to a close was to maintain the advantage which despite some nervous moments they were able to, Coach Rossi satisfied with the performance but wanting the boys to go on with it. As the second half began OISC again maintained control of the match extending the lead as Mike converted his second spot kick after being fouled in the box. Mindful that it was still a dangerous scoreline the boys pushed to extend the lead further, perhaps a little too hard at times; Barbs sending one over the backnet, over the clubroom and coming close to scoring a goal for the Football Club early in the last quarter. OISC’s resolve was put to the test despite some confusion as to cards, colour and recipient of as they had to play out the final quarter hour with 9 but holding firm they kept their lead to pick up a 3-1 victory and a vital 3 points.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves made the trip down south for the early kickoff against Sacred Heart, and faced a much tougher battle than when the sides last did battle in Round 3. The girls took a 1-0 lead into half time but needed to lift in the second half against a Sacred Heart side who were keen on putting OISC under pressure and capitalizing on a side not playing at their maximum. Sacred Heart did keep the game interesting with their goal but in the end OISC proved the better side taking the match 3-1; Christina Tziortzis, Ellie Lynch and Christine D’Onofrio all on the scoresheet.
Next week everyone is back on the road with the A and B Grades heading north to take on Salisbury Villa while the C Grade facing an important clash under lights on Monday night against BOSA. The D and E Grades have a weekend off as their Round 10 clash is rescheduled for the upcoming cup weekend. On Sunday the Lady Wolves also have a big game as they take on league leading Seymour.
POKER NIGHT IS SATURDAY JULY 9TH
Don’t forget that Poker Night is Saturday July 9th at the Glenunga Hub, 6pm for a 6:30pm start. $40 Buy In which includes 5,000 chips and Dinner. See the flyer below for full details.