Weekly Wrap – Week 11

A bright and sunny weekend at the Superdome and good wins for the D & E Grade, disappointment for the C’s, consolidation for the B’s and Lady Wolves and a vital 3 points for the A’s. Here are the highlights from the weekend.

The E Grade hosted Elizabeth Downs with coach Danzo reminding his players that it would be easy to be complacent facing the bottom side in the division, however the E’s came out of the blocks firing. Two first half goals from Michael Pannunzio provided a comfortable lead, however a defensive lapse proved costly, with only a one goal lead going into half time. The talk at half time was to make the most of the numerous chances given and be more solid defensively. Both were performed excellently in the second half. A resolute defensive performance led by the experienced Craig Walker and Tim Moss meant the Downs barely registered a shot. Patrick Stevens scored the third to restore the 2 goal margin, before Pannunzio completed his hat-trick. Will Ventura sealed the 5-1 scoreline with a penalty for a handball on the goal line. Jose Zeyala made his first OISC appearance of the season and controlled the game beautifully in the heart of the midfield.

The D Grade started well against a Elizabeth Downs side with Joel Ortner and Andrew Rossi putting OISC ahead and well in control of the first half. The boys continued their attacking intent putting the Downs defence under pressure but they were saved by a lack of finishing from Ciano’s side. The second half began where the first left off with chance after chance presenting itself but a lack of finishing again kept the scoreline from growing further and only served to cause frustration on the sidelines. Finally the scoreline grew as Paul Murray was brought down in the box. Not letting Paul take the glory Captain Ciccarello stepped up and converted to cap his strong match. The two combining again shortly after, Emo this time returning the favour with a shot across goal finding Paul to finish and seal the convincing 4-0 victory.

The C Grade faced a must win match against a Cobras side who had done their research as they went ahead early thanks to a napping OISC defence. Getting into gear OISC pressed hard when going forward but were not able to convert any of their multiple chances. This lack of finishing came back to haunt them soon after as a poorly conceded goal put Cobras two goals ahead. Again after conceding OISC had a majority of the attacking play but were not able to convert. Coming out of the break two goals down OISC had it all to do in the second half and it appeared as though they were on track to getting back into the game as Jake La Scala was fouled in the box and then converted the resulting penalty to bring the match back to 2-1. OISC pushed for another but again were not able to convert their chances on goal. It looked like they may be able to salvage something late as a shout for a penalty went up for a handball but it was waved away by the referee and so were the points as Cobras took the match 2-1.

The B Grade stated off with some good chances against the third placed Cobras side and were unlucky to go ahead when the Cobras keeper denied Shaun George from the spot. 20 minutes into the half James Blake linked up with Davide Cavuoto for the first. This surprisingly tore the game wide open as a Curtis Covino ball over to Dom Prince found its way to the keeper whose fumbling collection allowed Dom to pick his pocket, turn and finish. Curtis then got one of his own as a curling the ball around the keeper and into the corner. This latest goal breaking the game open even further as Dos put in another before the break. The second 45 continued the way of the first, Dos continuing good scoring form with another goal, Dom Prince also getting on the board again. The game was capped through a Tim Otten free allowing Dos to run onto it and slot his fourth goal and take a commanding 7-0 victory.

The A Grade hoped to bounce back from last weeks share of the points and were well on their way early though goals to Mike Manou and James Buccella. Cobras despite not having much of the attacking play brought one back before Elias Khoury powered his way through the midfield and a stunned defence to slot the ball through to Mike who was through on open goal to restore the two goal buffer. OISC continued to be the better side in the second half, creating a number of opportunities to score but a lack of finshing saw the scoreline remain unchanged. Bill Karapetis again keeping the midfield composed as OISC pushed for the fourth. As the match drew to a close Cobras again broke through the OISC defence to keep the match well and truly alive at 3-2, creating some nervy moments on the sideline but once again in the end OISC was able to hold on and pick up three important points.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves returned to action after a two week break taking on a Seymour side who have shown improvement in the WCL as the season has progressed. The girls though had other ideas as they took control of the match from the outset Eliza Sims putting in the first from a Sarah Tronnolone corner. A flurry of attacking moves continued for a rampant OISC side as both Sarah and Eliza score to extend the lead to three. Seymour were able to wrestle back some control catching the OISC defence off guard and winning a free from just outside the box. The shot hitting the wall and inevitably disappearing down the other end for Eliza to bag her third. Gabby Parente and a Sarah bullet extended the lead to six at the break. In the second half the defence particulary Eirini Vrodos gave Seymour little chance of anthing going forward anchoring the ball in the middle of the park. Early missed chances were turned around as Eliza netted her fourth before Christine D’Onofrio picked up her first then set Sophie Hlipala up for her first. As the game drew to a close Christine made it 10-0 before an early close to the game was called due to a Seymour injury.

Next week only three teams are in action as the A/B/C Grades play host to Prince Alfred. The D/E Grades and Lady Wolves all have the weekend off.