Weekly Wrap – Week 17

A particularly wet weekend at the Superdome saw OISC remain unbeaten and headlined by a dominant performance from the A Grade and some goal fests in the C’s, D’s and E’s. Here is how all 22 goals happened.

The E Grade looked to continue their dominance over the bottom placed Strathalbyn side in 2017 and snatched the lead within seconds of kick-off through Will Ventura. The lead was soon doubled as Neo Yao slotted one home. The early 2-0 lead almost acting as a switch in the mind of OISC players as they relinquished control of the match; Strathalbyn scoring three quick goals to grab the lead 3-2 at the break. An inspiring address from Danzo paid immediate dividends as the second half began with Marty Radcliffe getting on the end of a Leachy corner to level the match up again. Strath were not done with though as they caught the OISC defence napping to once again grab the lead. It was short lived though as OISC again levelled through Patrick Stevens from the corner. The E’s took the lead as Leachy lined up a free from well outside the box, the Strath defence scoffing at their own peril the possibility that this could be number 496 as the hapless defence saw the ball sail into the top corner. Leachy soon after completing a brace from the spot to see the E’s take the second set 6-4.

The D Grade similarly looked to repeat their effort over Strath in Round 5 and went ahead early as everyone’s favourite Joel Ortner grabbed the ball turned and shot past the outstretched hands of the keeper. The lead was short lived though as Strath levelled things up. From here for the remainder of the half OISC shut the Strikers out of the game, with that guy Emerson “Pen” Ciccarello scoring from the spot, Johnno then adding a third for a 3-1 half time lead. The dominance continued in the second half; Paul Murray winning a penalty and again that guy stepped up for his second penalty conversion for the match. The match closing out the same way it started with Joel grabbing his brace for a comprehensive 5-2 victory.

The C Grade hoped to repeat the fun of their comfortable win over the Titans earlier in the year and got on the board in spectacular style with a long range screamer from Anubhav Chauhan well worthy of the occasion. OISC were in full control of the match; Jack Cooke picking up a brace and defensively remained largely untroubled with Titans struggling to get any momentum when going forward. As the match wore on Anubhav popped up again for his second. The match was noteworthy with the return of Messiah Carbone who once again liked getting assists but also was able to tap in one of his own. They were also assisted by a Titans own goal as Mark’s men went on to secure a 6-1 victory.

The B Grade looked to arrest their mid season slide in what was a tough prospect in the second placed Titans who comprehensively defeated OISC in Round 5. It was the Titans who were all over OISC though the first half putting the defence under sustained pressure. Some outstanding goalkeeping from Dieter Georg stopping three one on one shots on goal kept the match level. At the other end OISC were struggling to penetrate through to score their first goal in three weeks. The 0-0 half time score line leaving the match up for grabs in the second, OISC getting more opportunities going forward than they did in the first but were still unable to break through, the match ending in a 0-0 stalemate.

The A Grade hoped to not repeat their Round 5 effort against Titans and had the better of the early attacking play and shots on goal and could have easily been ahead but were held out by the Titans defence. The OISC midfield through Bill Karapetis in particular dictating the play and stopping the Titans from having any meaningful attacking penetration as the stakes began to go up for both sides. At the break Coach Rossi set a challenge of score early or changes would be made, this paying immediate dividends as a header from a corner hit the crossbar, the rebound falling to James Buccella who broke the deadlock. The lead extended soon after through desperate calling to send the ball out wide to Sam Pears who battled his was to goal and slot the ball home. Titans were forced soon after to see out the remainder of the match with 10 following a second yellow card and resulting send off. The A’s building an unassailable advantage as Elias Khoury was rewarded for his hard work grabbing the follow up from a corner kick. The domination continued as Julian Titaro, Barbs and Elias all linked up for Julian to finish for the fourth goal. The game was iced as Barbs off the bench grabbed a goal of his own. OISC blowing their opposition away in the second half to take a convincing 5-0 victory.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves were set to return to action in a top of the table clash against Mercedes but after one shower too many the match was postponed prior to kick-off. Stay tuned for details on a rescheduled match.

Next week there are some massive season defining clashes on Saturday at the Superdome; the A/B/C Grades taking on Red Blue Eagles in what are for the A’s and C’s 1st vs 2nd on the table. The D and E Grades face tense matches also against the similarly placed Northern Pitbulls. On Sunday the Lady Wolves head south to take on Westminster.

President’s Player of the Week

Backing up for two matches and instrumental in two big victories, Nick Evenden.

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