Poker Night, Weekends off and goalkeeping highlights headlines an unfortunately disappointing weekend for the three teams in action.
The C Grade took on a highly experienced Adelaide Villa side and found themselves under pressure against an opposition who dominated swathes of the early play; getting on the board to take full control of the game. Ronnie Arboit remained strong in goals throughout, recapturing form from the 1982 World Cup, saving a penalty and the follow-up to deny a certain goal. Davide Cavuoto (aka Giovanni dos Santos) kept OISC in touch with a brace but again it was up to Ronnie to continue to work hard pulling off a number of other saves flying off the woodwork. The 4-2 defeat bringing to an end the C’s 6 game unbeaten run.
The B Grade started off slowly against a side who they defeated the first time they met, the defensive line needing to work hard to repel their attacking moves. Inevitably Villa were able to open the scoring meaning the B’s once again were left to play catch-up football. Andrew Rossi having opportunities to level the match. A penalty for OISC sent Emo running like a gazelle from the goal line up to the spot, knowing that #penciccarello never misses, those on the sideline were confident of the fact that parity would be brought back to the match, however as hell froze over the shot into the bottom right corner was sent wide by the keeper and the halo finally fell. The goal was finally brought back with a ball finding its way to Mick Dunstan. Once again however in the second half OISC dominated large portions of the play but were unable to put anything on the scoresheet, and again frustratingly after a long period of dominance one attacking foray and Villa were able to score. Chasing the game OISC were frustrated by a number of fouls going un-checked and some control of the game that could have been solved by a caution not made. As the game moved into its closing stages, Villa began to excessively slow the game down without being checked for it which began to limit the time and opportunity OISC had to chase the equaliser. In the end a frustrating end to a frustrating match, Villa taking a 2-1 victory.
The A Grade faced a tough battle against an Adelaide Villa side who stole a point when the sides last met in Round 5. This time they got off to a start which saw them put two first half goals in to push their claims for all three points this time. A pinpoint Mike Manou free into Chris Gauro brought one back and with it some momentum. Sam Pears continued to work hard down the wing transitioning the ball down to give OISC more opportunities to bring the match back level. The second half OISC found themselves locked in an unnecessarily physical battle with Villa testing the OISC resolve and the yellow card. Anthony Verlato a formidable force in goal, putting in a number of outstanding saves to keep OISC in the match which found himself come in for some special attention but undeterred kept a second half clean sheet. The dying minutes saw Julian Sartoretto dismissed for a second yellow and with it the match, Villa taking a 2-1 victory. OISC will be buoyed however by the full 90 minute effort all the players were able to put in as they look forward to next week.
The D Grade and the Lady Wolves both scored the weekend off.
This weeks match day gets underway on Wednesday Night when the Lady Wolves take on St Peters in the replay of the Cup Semi Final before returning to league action against Mercedes OC on Sunday at the Superdome. Meanwhile on Saturday the men’s sides also are all back at the Superdome with the A/B/C Grades taking on Adelaide Uni while the D Grade face Eastern Elite.
Thanks to those who attended the 2015 Poker Night on Saturday Night, a great night was had by all and congratulations to those who made it to the final table and those who were lucky enough to take out prizes on the night.