Commemorations, a maiden win and the first hat-trick of the year headlined a weekend where three sides recorded good wins.
The D grade took the very long trip up to Angle Vale in a battle of Wolves vs Foxes. The side welcomed a couple of new additions from the C grade and from injury, with Will Venutra and Angelo La Paglia deputising in defensive midfield. Mark Johnson leading the line up front, dominating play but missing a couple of chances, including having a shot ricochet off the inside of a post, and go out for a goal kick on the other side of the goal. The breakthrough, however, came when Jonno played a lovely chipped diagonal through ball to Michael Pannunzio who almost hit the ball too well into the roof of the net. Angle Vale were able to level it shortly after from a defensive blunder. Coming out half time OISC went more attacking. A Danzo Long Throw TM evaded all players going for the header; Angelo La Paglia scoring with a fantastic spinning left foot volley into the top corner. Joel Ortner continued to pressure down the left wing, and won a penalty. Will Ventura stepped up, and had his effort saved, however. Iordan Kostadinov made some great saves to ensure OISC held the lead, Jonno scoring with a volley from a corner to make it 3-1 and put the game beyond any doubt. Highlights of the victory can be seen here
The C Grade with a strengthened line up featuring a proud moment for the club with the return of the Spinelli name to the teamsheet with the debuts of Tom and Trent Spinelli. The side struggled to get going with Comets building attacking momentum and keeping the OISC defence under sustained pressure. Comets were able to open the scoring by capitalising on this pressure and forcing a defensive error. From there OISC were left to chase the game but were unable to find any attacking penetration. They did concede another before the final whistle to go down 2-0.
The B Grade looked to improve on last weeks performance but again found themselves experiencing the same issues, with defensive lapses continuing to plague them. This allowed Comets to take control of the match and maintain attacking pressure. OISC were able to press forward but often unable to do much when they got there in the increasingly wet conditions. Nick Barbieri was able to continue his good form with two goals; Phillip Dichiera nearly brought the match back to an interesting state late with a missed bicycle kick. At the final whistle Comets comfortably took a 4-2 victory.
The A Grade took control of the match from the first whistle dominating large portions of the play with the midfield duo working hard to maintain the ball in the attacking half cutting off a number of Comets clearances to give Gauro and Barone in particular chances to open the scoring. Comets were able to create some attacking moves but the defence again held strong like last week with Julian Sartoretto again proving key. Their best chance a ball moving a long way in the air was tipped over the bar in a commanding save by Anthony Verlato. At half time, Theo was pleased with the efforts of the first half and implored the guys to keep going as the goals would come. As the second half opened possibly a sense of expectation crept in with OISC starting in an unsettled fashion, rushing passes and making errors which put the defence under some pressure. Comets thinking that they had OISC on the ropes were quickly brought down again with the dismissal of one of their players for a second yellow leaving them to play out the final 35 mins with only 10 men. The man advantage allowed OISC to settle and eventually break the deadlock with sub James Blake sliding home the first whilst careful to not score himself as well in the now damp conditions. OISC continued to increase its attacking power but not utilising it to the maximum and finding players in clear space, causing screams of frustration. However the advantage was extended to two when Chris Gauro first combined with Mike Manou who sent the ball out to Peter Barone in space who ran back in to give the ball again to Gauro to finish. A late chance came for the stand in messiah with Raf Ceravolo making a long run to be denied by the keeper. In the end however it didn’t matter as OISC still took the points with a 2-0 victory.
On Sunday the OISC women lined up against Div 5 side Northern Wolves in the first round of the Cup. Resting some key players OISC still came out and took command of the match from the start maintaining possession in their attacking half; Sophie Hlipala dominating the play down the left side and firing in shot after shot at the Wolves keeper who was up to the task early. This dominance paying dividends when Eliza Sims found herself on the end of a Sophie cross to open the scoring. The introduction of Niki Kapnistis into the game had an immediate result as she doubled the advantage. At half time Coach Rossi praised the efforts but still called for improvement. As the second half began the girls lifted the tempo; Rachel Varricchio picking Alissa Melhuish out wide who sent a perfect cross into Niki at the top of the 6 yard box to slot home her second. From there the floodgates began to open; Eliza getting her second, chipping the keeper from 25 yards to make it 4-0. Still not done; Niki on the end of a kickout from the keeper sent the ball across to Eliza to complete her hat-trick. Determined to not miss out on their own piece of the action Natalia Rossi on the end of a cross from Rachel and Kate Ferguson both also slotted goals. The final goal coming much in the same way as the fourth with Lucia Caretti finding herself on the end of a pass from the keeper to put Rachel through to further extend the lead. Northern Wolves best chance to get one back came in amazing circumstances, the keeper going it alone running it the full length of the pitch to their attacking 18 causing the OISC defence to switch on; Chloe Murray dealing it comfortably. The commanding 8-0 win satisfying but also confidence boosting coming into some key matches over the next month.
SPECIAL: Check out highlights from the match here
Next week all the men’s sides return to the Superdome, the A/B/C Grades taking on Stirling Districts whilst the D’s take on yet another Sunday side trying out Saturday football in Munno Para City. The OISC women meanwhile have a well earned rest before returning to action against Mercedes OC in a fortnights time.