Weekly Wrap – Week 18

Cruel Losses, righting a first round wrong and rotten luck headlined a weekend where the D Grade shone bright.

The D Grade got things started against an Eastern Elite side they dropped valuable points to the first time the sides met. This time however they took control of the match early with Vossy put through for the opener; James Mercuri then following it up quickly with the second. This lightning start caused the opposition to lose their focus on the game at hand and worry about the uncontrollables. This however unsettled OISC to an extent with Elite bringing one back, taking advantage of some poor defending on the rebound of a Tom Spinelli save. As the second half progressed OISC put another away with Peter Cates scoring his first OISC goal to restore the buffer and seal the 3-2 victory, which with other results sees an important final month now even more so for the D’s.

The C Grade on the other hand struggled to get going against a fast running Uni side who were able to exploit OISC’s defensive line putting Ronnie under pressure in goals and requiring him to put in a number of saves to keep the match level. Eventually the breakthrough had to come with Uni putting in their first and second in quick succession. OISC were struggling to get attacking drive through the middle of the park allowing Uni continued to maintain control of the match throughout putting in two more goals. A goal to Davide Dos Santos Cavuoto proved to be a consolation in the 4-1 defeat.

The B Grade were playing out a tightly fought contest against a much higher placed Uni side. OISC were able to create a number of chances the better when going forward, Paul Murray and Nick Barbieri both coming close to the opener but unable to convert their chances. As the match continued OISC started to show that they were the better side until an out rushing keeper with a high foot went clattering into Barbs’ face. The match was stopped while the injury was attended to and Barbs carried from the ground. From there OISC continued to press but early in the second half were reduced to 10 men with Paul Barolo dismissed for his second yellow. OISC continued to fight valiantly and until the final minute of the match thought that they had picked up a well earned point until once again their opposition stole the match from under them to take a 1-0 victory on the last kick of the match.

The A Grade were all at sea against a Uni side who have been struggling for form in recent weeks. Never really in the match OISC were finding themselves dictated to for much of the match. There were little in the way of scoring opportunities created and in the end the pressure applied by Uni gave them a 2-0 victory and OISC yet another opportunity lost.

The OISC Women looked to put the disappointment of the Cup Semi loss mid-week behind them as they took on unbeaten league leaders and rivals Mercedes. Missing the two leading strikers and goalkeeper was going to make the ask much tougher for the girls but undeterred they fought admirably early against the Mercedes attacking pressure while still being able to control passages of play of their own to have chances to open the scoring. A cracking strike into the top left corner gave Mercedes the lead approaching half-time. At the break Coach Rossi pleaded for a second half effort that would leave everything on the pitch. The OISC side that came out after the break increased their efforts and intensity; Chloe Murray making new friends. The match was levelled up when Gemma Bateman put one into the back of the net. From here both sides desperately chased a winner, Lucia Caretti and Enya Malbon both stalwarts in defence clearing out many attacking moves, with stand-in keeper Amelia Rosella performing admirably also denying Mercedes on a number of occasions until a difficult shot with 15 to play gave Mercedes back the lead. OISC pressed hard to level it late and came perilously close but again fell to another close 2-1 defeat.

Next week Cup round returns for the men, the A Grade taking on Sturt Marion away in the Quarter Final while The D Grade continue in the league at the Superdome against Mount Compass. The Lady Wolves look to make amends for their loss to St Peters in the Cup Semi as they host them in league action at the Superdome.