A tough day for some sides, bounce backs for others and a vital win headlined a mixed weekend for the club. Here are the highlights of the action.
QUIZ NIGHT IS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
6:30pm for 7pm start at the Glenunga Hub. $10 entry. Make sure you come along even if you don’t have a table as there will opportunity to join one and get in on the action on the night.
The E Grade were involved in a tight tussle against a Northern Pitbulls side who got on the board in the opening stages. With both sides able to get the play in their attacking halves it seemed as though Pitbulls might be able to maintain that advantage to the break. That was until the battle of the penalties took hold first with OISC bringing the match level through who else but Leachy. Pitbulls immediately hit back at the other end from the spot to see the boys frustratingly go in 2-1 behind. Coming out of the break that frustration only grew as Pitbulls extended their lead. A concerted performance from OISC saw them surge back into the match with a Leachy corner finding the head of Craig Walker to bring one back and then shortly after in similar circumstances Patrick Stevens finishing a Leachy corner to level the match up. Pitbulls came back again late to grab the lead once again; Neo Yao coming perilously close to getting a point for OISC as his shot hit the underside of the crossbar and rebounded clear to see Pitbulls take a high scoring 4-3 victory.
In the D Grade it was similarly a tough battle with neither side able to truly get on top of the match; it was OISC however who grabbed the lead against the run of play with Joel Ortner snatching the ball and powering to goal slam the ball into the back of the net. As the half progressed neither side were again able to really able to trouble the defence of the other seeing OISC take a 1-0 lead into the break. Through the second half OISC continued to work hard to maintain their advantage, Emerson Ciccarello pushing the ball forward to try to get a second goal. Cruelly though it wasn’t to be as Pitbulls were awarded a late penalty; Adriano continuing his good return in goal picking the right way but the placement just out of his reach to see the points shared.
The C Grade faced a match that they had to win against league pace-setters Red Blue Eagles if they had any hopes of remaining in the title race. Things couldn’t have got off to a more perfect start as Jack Cooke put OISC ahead in the opening minute. The lead did not last long though as Eagles levelled a minutes later, capitalising on a defensive error. OISC continued to maintain the better of the attacking moves, taking back the lead with a perfect ball from Andrew Rossi finding Jack Cooke who slotted home his second. As the second half began it was Eagles who started the better side, Nick Evenden forced into an early save before the match was levelled once again as the Eagles converted from the spot. Both sides continued to search for the winner as seasons were on the line; OISC again pressing forward and under pressure the Eagles defence were forced into a mistake bringing Jack down in the box giving the referee little choice but to point to the spot. Stepping up for an important conversion, Jack calmly converted for his hat-trick. Soon after Eagles were reduced to 10 as OISC continued to press for a fourth but in the end they took a massive 3 points in the satisfying 3-2 victory.
The B Grade looked to return to the winners list but were engaged in an even matchup in the opening stages, as the half progressed though OISC were able to get on top with plenty of the attacking play but once again were hampered by a lack of finishing. The breakthrough finally coming as from the corner flag Phil Dichiera whipped a ball in finding Curtis Covino who was able to find a way past the keeper. James Mercuri soon made the lead two volleying the ball into the net for a 2-0 half time lead. Coming out of the break Eagles brought one back before some clumsy defending saw Dos brought down in the box, with the resulting penalty conversion putting some breathing room between the boys and the opposition. A late Eagles goal kept the match alive until the final whistle but in the end the B Grade picked up their fist win in over a month 3-2.
The A Grade were blown away in the first half by some quality finishing from the top of the table Red Blue Eagles to see them head into half time 4-0 down. 10 minutes into the second half the A’s brought one back through Sam Pears, Peter Barone continuing a mini fight back with a cracking strike across goal into the opposite corner. Eagles soon put the end to it though putting in a fifth to seal the match 5-2.
After a month long break the Lady Wolves returned to action against Westminster taking the lead early as Sarah had space to turn and shoot past a helpless keeper. The lead was extended to two goals with little more than 10 minutes on the clock as Sophie Panousakis put a ball though for Eliza Sims who drawing out the keeper was able to comfortably finish. Sarah could soon have made the lead three as her free hits the crossbar and rebounding to safety. Despite the early action the lack of match practice for the girls was evident as Westminster were able to take control of the match, OISC not going in hard enough against a side who was able to capitalise on this. Defensively OISC were able to remain solid; Eirini Vrodos in particular working hard to clear the ball to safety. As the break approached though Wests broke through leaving Olivia stranded and seeing the ball hit the back of the net. At the break the girls were reminded to not throw it away and came out with more intent early in the second half, maintaining much more of the attacking play. Gab Parente fighting for the ball through the middle to get it through to Sarah for her second. Westminster had a chance to get a second from the penalty spot, the shot though went wide. In the end though the girls were able to hang on for a 3-1 victory.
Next weekend is cup weekend which sees all sides have the weekend off, in two weeks time the men are on the road a the A/B/C Grades head to Gleeson and the D/E Grades to Green United, on the Sunday the Lady Wolves welcome Pembroke to the Superdome in an important clash.