Weekly Wrap – Week 19

A winning streak, tough losses and return of some guy named Gauro headlined a bit of a disappointing weekend.

The E Grade enjoyed a weekend off but many of its players took to the field in the D Grade against Strathalbyn. From the kick off OISC dominated possession, creating numerous chances. The breakthrough finally came after a nice run by Owen Teakle set up Michael Pannunzio to tap in the opener. Some sloppy OISC defending meant that Strathalbyn equalised within 10 minutes. The response to conceding was fantastic with Pannunz turning provider gathered the ball within the defensive half before getting past 3 defenders with pace not seen before squaring the ball for Gabby Soriano to give OISC the lead once more before half time. The second half saw Strathalbyn press much higher up the pitch, and causing OISC problems. Some stoic defending and great saves from Iordan Kostadinov in goals ensured that the D grade won 2 consecutive matches for the first time this season.

The C Grade faced a tough match against a Wanderers side who once again jumped out of the blocks. They continued to dominate large passages of the match taking a convincing 2-0 lead. OISC struggled to get their way into match, Wanderers continuing to dictate play. The defensive and midfield brigade continued to work hard, particularly Captain Frank Maio and Luke De Simoni. Their hard work stopped Wanderers from building any further lead maintaining the advantage they built to take the match.

The B Grade was severely depleted due to suspensions and non-availability, assistance to fill spots was provided from Vossy & Martin Radcliffe as well as Adrian getting a chance to prove himself. OISC gave their best early but conceded a goal against the run of play from a corner, despite being more than competitive however OISC could not find the net to bring the match back on level terms. With Wanderers taking a 1-0 lead into half time OISC had all the work to do but in the second half the match continued in the same way with OISC conceding again about 10 minutes before the end, giving Wanderers a 2-0 win.

The A Grade was also severely depleted but welcomed back playmaker Chris Gauro and return to the formidable Carbs/Gauro duo up front. OISC started well against a Wanderers side who also were looking for 3 vital points, finding themselves up 2-0 through goals to apprentice messiah Raff Ceravolo and Peter Barone. As the game wore on Wanderers worked their way back into the game causing the OISC defence some problems and put two past to level the match. Late in the match the A’s had chances to snatch the game but were unable to convert them. The match finished in a fair result of a 2-2 draw.

On Sunday the OISC women took on title contenders Seymour Blue. The game began at a furious pace, with neither team allowing the other any time on the ball. As the half wore on, OISC began to impose themselves, carving out the better chances and winning corners. Alysia lined up a corner from the left that was destined for the back right of the net, and was possibly already over the line when a Seymour player raised their arms and practically threw the ball out of the net. The Seymour crowd was eerily quiet as OISC players and supporters rightfully protested. After the disappointment of a “should have gone to Specsavers” moment; OISC continued to have Seymour on the back foot, with a couple more shots on goal, Gabby hit a cracker from just inside the box that cruelly hit the cross bar and bounced down and out. After the break the game continued at a frantic pace, both sides throwing themselves into tackles and willing the ball forward. Josephine was kept busy without having to make many saves, as Lucia, Enya, Gemma and Laura put on another excellent defensive display. In the front third OISC continued to create chances; Alysia copping a few stud marks down her leg resulting in a free kick and Niki getting onto a through ball blazed over the bar. Pressure continued to build for both sides, a half chance fell to Seymour on the edge of the box and making no mistake, the ball crashing into the cross bar and bouncing in. OISC continued to battle for the remaining 10 minutes; Alysia taking a knee to her back in the penalty area without reward, Still unfortunately unable to tie it up the match ended a in a frustrating 1-0 loss.

Next week the D and E Grades have a bye while the A/B/C Grades head to the city to take on Adelaide Uni. The OISC women meanwhile take on St Peters.

Event Reminders:
End of Season Drinks: Saturday 6 September, 6:30pm at The Maylands Hotel
Presentation Night: Saturday 20 September, 6:30pm at The Alta Villa Club (281 The Parade, Beulah Park). Tickets are $70.00. RSVP and payment by Wednesday September 10th.