Cup games, catch-up games and a semi final berth headlined a week where a piece of OISC history was made.
The D and E grade made the very long journey down south to take on Southern Breakers, and were confronted with a real country welcome and plenty of PVC piping. The slope on the pitch in combination with the strong winds meant there was a 2 goal advantage when going down the hill. The E Grade got off to a great start, with Shaun George putting the visitors ahead after a free-kick combination straight from the training ground with Mark Andrawos. The lead didn’t last long, as Paul Trengove and Danzo in goals, put a combined effort in for a historic own goal, making them favourites for the Silver Boot nomination. In the second half the E grade were defending down the pitch, Breakers using the statistical two goal advantage as the fatigue set in, to run out 3-1 victors.
The D grade learnt from the E Grade’s experience, and defended uphill in the first half. Magnificent goalkeeping from Daniel Pace, including a fantastic triple save, ensured the sides remained level going into half time. The second half was more feisty, with a few bad tackles going in and some players on both sides reacting. The referee kept control of the game well, and OISC were lucky not to concede with Dan Pace again saving a few one-on-ones. Southern Breakers were the better side, but OISC squandered a golden opportunity with the last play of the game. A Joel Ortner corner floated over everyone to the back post, but Mark Andrawos unfortunately nutmegged himself, instead of shooting on target for what would have been the last kick of the game. The match ending in a 0-0 stalemate.
The C Grade headed to BOSA on Monday night for their round 10 catch-up fixture and faced a strong BOSA side but it was OISC who took the lead through a Leachy header over the top to Dom who ran on to score. The boys continued to command more of the play through the first period but were not in a position to make the most of their chances. In the second half the OISC defence was under siege from a charging BOSA side but were able to keep the advantage intact; clearing the ball long out of defence. Anthony Verlato was outstanding in goals swatting away shot after shot. Inevitably though chances for the Hounds were going to drop, first levelling it then taking the lead from the spot. To the boys credit they continued to press to ensure that they would take something from the game with a Johnno long throw putting Dom in for his second. In the dying minutes OISC had some chances go perilously close but at the final whistle the match finished a 2-2 draw, the second between the sides this year and the C’s fifth for the season, their unbeaten record still intact.
The A Grade headed down Churchill Road to take on Saturday Div 1 leaders BOSA in the Cup Quarter final. Despite both sides missing some key players OISC was looking to their good form and the knowledge that they picked up a win over the Hounds in the pre-season to carry them through. Both sides were able to create chances in the opening phase of the match, OISC having a greater number but still unable to put the BOSA defence under significant enough pressure to break through. Despite not having the better of the chances the Hounds took the lead mid way through the half capitalising on a deflected save to put it past the keeper. OISC was then once again forced to play catch-up and their positive play did not take long to be rewarded with a easy coast to coast run out of defence; Carbs delivering the ball to Peter Barone who charged down the middle of the ground to find himself 1 on 1 with the BOSA gloveman and made no mistake to level the match as half time approached. At the break, Coach Rossi commended the boys on a hard fought first half and reminded them of what lay ahead. In the second half BOSA began to put the tiring OISC side under pressure with a majority of the shots on goal, Stents and James Buccella needing to maintain their first half efforts to keep OISC in the game. The boys remained determined taking every opportunity to score with OISC taking the lead in spectacular fashion as Peter Barone charging toward goal found himself faced with a line of BOSA defenders and so dished the ball back out to Buccella on the sideline whose rocketing cross into the box found the left foot of a soaring Sam Pears at the front post coming in from nowhere to slam the ball into the back of the net. The advantage further extended when Barone put in his second to give OISC some breathing room. BOSA tried to surge late to force the game into extra time but it wasn’t enough as a rounded team performance saw OISC take the match 3-1. The victory, the largest winning margin over BOSA in over 5 years represents a historic moment for the club as it will see the A Grade’s first ever appearance in a SAASL Cup Semi Final.
Next week only three teams are in action as the D and E Grades have yet another bye. The A and B Grades wind their way up Gorge Rd to take on Torrens Valley while the C Grade make the trip to the Lloyd to face the old rival St Peters.
REMINDER: Presentation Night is Friday September 16th, 6:30pm for 7pm start at our major sponsor The Maylands Hotel. Tickets are $50 which includes a 3 course meal, a cash bar will be available. Thickets are strictly limited to 100 and are available for sale at training via cash or EFT. Please refer to your text message for payment details.