A very wet and windy weekend that saw only three sides take to the field yielding disappointing results for the D’s and B’s but another important win for the A’s. Here are highlights from Saturday’s action.
The D Grade were the only side to head north to take on Elizabeth Grove following the forfeit of the E Grade match. Early on in the match OISC applied pressure on Grove dominating the first 15-20 minutes and were duly rewarded when capitalising on a defensive error Jake La Scala linked up with Paul Murray whose hair was blowing gently in the breeze to slot the ball home. Soon after though Grove began to get their groove scoring multiple times in quick succession. Continuing to press OISC created some chances to get one back but were unable to make them pay. The second half started strongly but the pressure came to bear and Grove put another away to virtually kill the game off. As heads began to drop Grove punished the OISC side to run away with the match 9-1.
The day down at Flinders also got off to a late start following Flinders forfeit of the C Grade match. The B Grade taking to the postage stamp sized field against the new league leaders in what were very blustery conditions. The first half proved to be an even affair as ladder position dictated, OISC having slightly more of the attacking play but were not able to create any real chances to get a shot on goal. Flinders meanwhile came close at the other end to opening the scoring with a shot hitting the crossbar. As half time approached, Flinders took the lead as the OISC defence made a mess of a clearance allowing an easy finish. In the second half OISC again had chances going forward but were not able to score. Lacking intensity OISC allowed Flinders to firmly take control of the game, helping them by giving away frees unnecessarily. Flinders went two ahead through a free kick into the box and resulting free header, and could have had several more had it not been for the efforts of Dieter Georg in goal. A third easy goal for Flinders sealed a comfortable 3-0 win and another disappointing match for the B’s.
The A Grade hoped to not allow Flinders back into the game as they did in Round 4 and were well on their way early as Nick Penta was fouled in the opening 5 minutes; Julian Titaro stepping up to convert from the spot. As the rain began to set in OISC continued to dominate the play and went two ahead as James Buccella sliced his way through the Flinders defence to put the ball low and hard into the bottom corner. Flinders meanwhile were able to get forward on occasions but their best opportunity for the half was denied by a diving Anthony Verlato. Soon after Flinders were down to 10 as a player was dismissed for his second caution. Julian Titaro having a chance from a free to further extend the lead; the result tough more of a clearance wide into touch. At half time Coach Rossi, challenged the side to hold firm and not give up their 2 goal lead. In increasingly slippery conditions it was difficult for OISC to get a foothold on their domination and put the ball into the back of the net. The third goal coming late as Julian Titaro squares the ball for Peter Barone to seal the 3-0 victory.
Next week all sides come back to the Superdome, the A/B/C Grades have tough matches against Titans while the D/E Grade face Strathalbyn. On Sunday the Lady Wolves return to action in an important season defining top of the table clash against Mercedes.
President’s Player of the Week
A strong defensive performance and a goal to go with it, James Buccella.
QUIZ NIGHT, SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH
6:30pm at the Glenunga Hub
Entry is $10, BYO Food (NO Drinks), Full Bar will be available
To book a table please see a committee member