Ladies Day, positive starts and a 7 goal heaven headlined the final match day at the “old” Glenunga.
NEWSFLASH: Due to the commencement of the final stage of the Glenunga Redevelopment and resulting lack of available amenities, Round 18 matches for the A, B and C Grades on Saturday 12, September have been moved to Saint Ignatius’ College Senior School, 2 Manresa Court, Athelstone.
The D Grade took on a Saints side who they had a tense victory over earlier in the year. On this occasion they started positively with a ball threaded through to Andrew Talbot finished neatly across the keeper. Chances continued to flow with Johnno finding himself on the end of a Leachy through ball to extend the lead. Interesting moments then followed when the Danzo Long Throw into the net was ruled out with consternation as to whether Johnno had touched it, no one noticing the ball nutmegging and touching the keeper on the way through. The domination continued, Martin Radcliffe getting stage fright of being 1 on 1 with the keeper sending a good chance wide. A long Mark Andrawos kick to Johnno did eventually extend the lead to three. Defensively OISC were holding firm Dewy, Butter and Paul Trengove preserving OISC’s 3-0 advantage at half time. The second half began brightly when Andrew Talbot completed a neat drag of the ball to set Leachy up and he duly obliged to take the lead out to 4-0. The only defensive lapse of the day allowed Saints to bring one back before OISC once again took control creating chance after chance with additional goals inevitable. A free kick on the edge of the box was curled around the wall by Leachy, one described as “another story for the statisticians, the short hit the woodwork (the 3rd attacking free kick in a row he has done that),” the ball this time fell to Marty’s feet allowing him to put the ball into the empty net. Johnno then added another with Ben and La Pags also having opportunities. The rout was complete with a long shot from outside the box from Leachy. The goal sealing a 7-1 drubbing; a long time since the arch rival was comprehensively thrashed, by such an all round performance. The only downer on the day for the D’s was other results not falling their way blunting their chance to seize the title but the positive style of play still keeps then hunting for the highest possible finish.
The C Grade dominated the first part of their match creating a number of threatening opportunities to open the scoring. OISC took the lead when Frank Maio converted from the spot. OISC continued to create chances with Nick “Juice” Tsekenis and Adam Kangas providing drive out of defence and getting the ball through the middle of the park. In the second half Ronnie once again wound the clock back to his glory days in goal, pulling off arguably one of the best saves of the year to keep the match alive. In the end though again they fell short of turning a good performance into three points, having to settle for a 1-1 draw and share of the points.
The B Grade made a positive start against a Saints side who they also had the early measure of in their first match, but again like the first match they found themselves down 1-0 and needing to respond quickly to avoid the match getting away from them. Fresh from his A Grade cameo last week Phillip Dichiera brought the match back on level terms shortly after. The B’s then had the opportunity to move into the lead through an Andrew Rossi penalty but the keeper going the right way kept it out. The lead was taken shortly after however when a Raf Sowula or Patrick Ceravolo flick and a skim found its way into the net, causing Pat and Raf to lay claim to the hard work (officially credited to the real Raf Ceravolo). As half time approached Saints put OISC under immense pressure, again levelling the match from a free kick, the OISC defence caught far too deep allowing the ball to made its way in off the post, another before the whistle turned the match around with Saints holding a 3-2 lead. A largely forgettable second half for the B’s then followed with Saints banging home two more to take a 5-2 victory.
The A Grade looked competitive from the outset creating a number of chances when going forward, they again however were forced to play catch-up football with Saints stealing an early goal. Forced to respond OISC were the better attacking side creating chance after chance, with James Buccella eventually converting one to level the match 1-1 at half time. The match evenly poised but could have been far from it had the A’s converted their chances, hitting the woodwork on at least three separate occasions. In the second half OISC lacked the fight of the first half, Saints taking control of the match putting in two more goals to put the game out of the reach of the A’s to take a 3-1 victory. The match a game of two halves where one side was left to rue the missed chances of their dominant period while the other took theirs when they got on top.
The Lady Wolves had another weekend off to enjoy Ladies Day. Many thanks to those who came out on Saturday to support Ladies and Old Scholars Days.
Next week, the all sides are back on the road with the A,B,C and D Grades all travelling to take on BOSA. On Sunday, the Lady Wolves are also on the road looking to secure third place on the table in the final round of the year as they take on Westminster.