Yet more relocated matches, another clean sheet and toppling of a league leader headlined a weekend where some teams had very satisfying victories while others suffered disappointing defeats.
BREAKING NEWS: Women’s Cup Draw
The OISC Women have drawn Mercedes OC in the Cup Semi Final to be played THIS SUNDAY August 3rd, 1pm at the Burton Sports Complex. It would be great to see as many OISC members there as possible to support the girls in their bid for a historic Cup Final berth.
The E Grade took on a Cove side that put OISC under pressure from the first whistle. Not to let this pressure determine the fate of the match OISC attempted to apply their own pressure and dug deep to respond to the attacking moves with keeper Anthony Verlato working hard to keep the ball out of the net. Pushing forward OISC tried to create some chances but to no avail. In the end Cove took the points with a 3-0 victory.
The D Grade once again expected a touch match against a polished Cove side. Several early goals to Cove mean OISC had to work hard to try to limit the damage. A half-hour cameo in goals by Michael Pannunzio may have resulted in a few saves but also a silver boots nomination. A Jimmy Buckley gave OISC something to take out of the match but in the end Cove convincingly took a 9-1 win.
The C Grade headed back to Woodville to take on Vipers hoping for another comprehensive victory. They found themselves dominating play early and maintaining a bulk of possession in their attacking half. OISC took the lead with a Mark Andrawos through ball to Luke De Simoni setting up Adam Kangas who steadied and slotted the opener. Maintaining the momentum Daniel Arbon soon extended the advantage with a finish into the left corner. As OISC began to release the pressure, Vipers were able to begin to create some chances, the defence holding firm keeping most at bay. A defensive error however gave Vipers a clear shot at goal only to be denied by the outstretched paw of keeper Ronnie Arboit who sent it wide. Approaching half time Rocco D’Onofrio was able to get himself into the match connecting sweetly with the tap in which extended the lead to three. In the second half Vipers were able to get one back early, Rocco again having a number of chances to score. OISC’s fourth came through a Mark Andrawos corner finding the feet of Will Ventura who tapped it in sealing a 4-1 victory.
The B Grade dominated from the first whistle holding the bulk of the attacking play. An early free kick from 20 yards saw the Callum Watson shot come close; smashing into the crossbar. Continuing with the momentum, Nick Barbieri put in a long run down the right side to be able to finish from close range giving OISC a deserved lead. Continuing to maintain possession OISC peppered the Vipers goal with shots. A second to Nick Barbieri not long after extended the advantage to two at half time. In the second half the midfield continued to give the players up front the chances to extend the lead, Nick letting a golden chance for his hat-trick go begging. Andrew Rossi managed to extend the lead when he again found himself in the path of a keeper clearance to rebound the ball into the back of the net. In the end the B’s took the match 3-0 for their third consecutive clean sheet.
The A Grade turned in an extremely poor and disappointing performance with little in the way of match highlights to see Vipers convincingly take their first win of the season 4-0.
On Sunday the OISC women also shifted from Glenunga to the Senior School to take on the undefeated league leaders, Birdwood High. OISC dictated play early on maintaining a lot of the early possession with Leah Contos and Gabby Parente controlling the ball through the midfield along with Alysia Panagakos, to steady and feed it through giving Niki and Christina up front chances to open the scoring. The sustained pressure paid off when an Alysia Panagakos corner was put into the back of the net from the kick to give OISC the lead. Birdwood however showed their quality beginning to push forward putting the OISC defence under pressure. The defensive line held strong; with Josephine Ceravolo pulling off some important saves. Birdwood’s best chance for the half saw the ball hit the crossbar only to be cleared off the line by the OISC defensive bloc. Coach “Marcello” Rossi wanted more of the same in the second half to keep the advantage on the scoreboard. The half started evenly poised with both sides creating opportunities. Birdwood started pushing forward looking for an equaliser but key tackles and defensive clearances by the OISC defence particularly Lucia and Enya kept their chances at bay. Down the other end OISC’s relentless pressure was to be rewarded with Gabby finding a way through a flurry of legs for the second. Late in the half Birdwood upped the pressure sending the ball long into attack, knowing that conceding one could give the opposition the momentum they needed, OISC continued to hold firm sealing a complete team performance and deserved 2-0 victory.
Next week all men’s teams are actually scheduled to be on the road, the A/B/C Grades taking on St Peters while the D/E Grades are bound for Elizabeth to take on Northern Wolves. The OISC women meanwhile line up in the Cup Semi Final against Mercedes on Sunday, 1pm at the Burton Sports Complex.