Postponements, controversy and three important points headlined a week where only three sides were in action.
The D and E Grades had a weekend off with their Round 10 clash rescheduled to Cup Weekend, while the C Grade clash on Monday Night against BOSA was postponed for weather so Leachy’s men also had an unexpected week off.
The B Grade burnt some early chances against a Salisbury Villa side who were attacking every ball hard but without the finesse of the OISC game. It was OISC who opened the scoring with 25 minutes played as Tarek slotted one home. Holding out in the conditions the boys fought their to the break with their lead intact. In the second half Villa levelled the match from the spot following a clear OISC handball in the box. From here they took full advantage of the extensive opportunities afforded to them to get themselves back into the game taking the lead from a controversial spot kick. OISC incredulous at the state of play fell further behind from a powerful strike breaking its way through the shaky defensive line. The boys were able to bring one back through Dom Prince and pushed hard for the deserved equaliser. The match having a somewhat bizarre finish only for it to recommence shortly after to play out the full minutes actually still remaining in the half. In the end though the Villa did enough to subterfuge the match 3-2.
The A Grade carried on their good form of previous weeks and dominated the league leading Salisbury Villa side from the first whistle. Nick Barbieri again a menace in attack banging in three (that’s right THREE) goals in the opening 25 minutes to have OISC in a very comfortable position. Villa like their B Grade were attempted to put in a hard attack on the ball to get themselves back into the match. Villa were struggling to get traction when going forward and on the occasions when they did the defensive line was able to quickly sweep the ball back out again. Villa’s best chance for the half, a dipping ball was tipped over the bar by keeper Anthony Verlato. OISC continued to dominate the remainder of the half and should have had a fourth with a scramble inside the box culminating in excess of six shots on goal but amazingly none of them making it through the sea of legs. At the break, Coach Rossi reminded the side about the need to remain alert in the second half and not let the opposing side back into the match. Starting the second half nervously OISC had to withstand some early Villa attacking pressure, a shot bouncing off the inside of the post but staying out. As the half progressed OISC wrestled back control, the defence again remaining strong with Tom Smith and A Grade debutant Jason Di Benedetto along with the Peter’s squared keeping the attacking moves at bay. Goal line technology could have been useful for OISC when those on the sideline and on field were sure a Barbs shot tickled the top of the net inside of the bar but the ball coming back into play meant Villa received a reprieve. In the end though OISC were the superior side for the 90 minutes and were rewarded with a 3-0 victory.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves faced up to league leaders Seymour and were sluggish in the opening quarter hour and were made to pay going 3-0 down. Following the early blitz the girls began to settle and play themselves into the match having some opportunities to close the scoring gap. Seymour put in a fourth before half time with the girls looking to play for some pride and respect in the second half. Arguably they achieved this somewhat putting the Seymour defence under sustained pressure for a large portion of the second half but with no reward. Seymour getting one plucky chance over the top in the half and were able to extend the lead to the final 5-0 score line.
Next Saturday a big day awaits at the Superdome, the A/B/C Grades play host to Gleeson while the D and E Grades host Aldinga Sharks. Poker Night follows the matches from 6:30 at the Glenunga Hub. $40 entry (includes 5,000 chips and dinner). On Sunday the Lady Wolves switch focus to the Cup as they host Modbury Vista in Round 3.