Cup Glory, Goal Difference and B Grade domination headlined the final home game of 2016.
The D Grade hosted 2nd placed M.United Stars, in what was always going to be a difficult game. Although the boy’s outmuscled the opposition and had sufficient height to deal with crosses, the Stars skill and pace on the ball was far superior. M United took the lead after 20 minutes with a rifled shot from a tight angle that got stuck in the stanchion of the goal. However, through persistence and perseverance, OISC went into half time with a 2-1 lead after goals from Jack Cooke and Patrick Stevens. Joelon Covino and Anurag Chauhan had a very busy day in the back line, and Patrick Stevens was continually tormented down the left hand side of defence, but coped admirably. A wonderful piece of skill saw M. United draw level with half an hour to go as they were chasing promotion. Unfortunately OISC couldn’t hold out, and M. United got their winner with 5 minutes to go, to the over exhuberant joy of their manager, who performed a Mourinho-esque celebration down the touchline.
The C Grade faced a tough match against a Brahma Lodge side who were hard at the ball but down early thanks to four first half goals, Johnno dominating up front scoring three of his own for yet another first half hat trick as well as turning provider for Trent to head home another. Brahma were able to score one before the break but were denied countless other times, Anthony Verlato holding firm in goals. The second half saw Brahma assert themselves on the game but OISC’s fifth put the result beyond doubt, Brahma did bring one back though but it wasn’t enough to defeat the C’s who took the match 5-2.
The B Grade looked to chase a big goal difference boost against Hahndorf and were well on their way almost right from kick-off with Rowan Thomas claiming the opener. The ball set itself in OISC’s attacking half as the remainder of the first period proceeded; Julian Titaro putting in the second shortly before Rowan was able to walk in his second and it was just beginning to look all to easy for OISC. A showboating fine for Davide Cavuoto as his back heal made the margin 4-0 at half time. In the second half the floodgates flew open, the ball scarcely leaving OISC’s attacking area as Shaun George put the first of 7 second half goals. Julian Titaro picking up his second, Dos two more for his hat-trick, James Blake and Phil Dichiera with a late brace also getting on the board. Special mention must also go to Paul Barolo, after getting a taste of scoring earlier in the year wanted his own piece of the action but no matter what was unable to put the ball into the net. In the end it didn’t matter as the B’s took a crushing 11-0 victory, one which gives them the best goal difference in the league as the moved up to second ahead of a nail-biting final week.
The A Grade started in a scrappy fashion against a much improved Hahndorf side on a two game unbeaten run and were made to pay as the Magpies took the early lead. The lead did not last long as it kicked OISC into action; Peter Barone scoring for the third successive week in his up front return before Mike Manou restored order and gave OISC the lead. Gaz and Andy continued to work well in the middle to try to give the boys much needed drive to get the ball forward. The advantage extended to three in the second half as a quick Manou throw in found Barone whose one touch pass found a waiting Barbs to finish the job. At the final whistle OISC too the victory 4-1 in a match that never reached great heights but was enough to get the job done.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves achieved the ultimate glory taking out the 2016 Div 4/5/Collegiate Cup at Elite Systems Football Centre. Stay tuned for a special edition of the Weekly Wrap to review the match in full with photo highlights of the day.
The final round of the SAASL season rolls around next weekend, but first on Wednesday the annual OISC v Saint Ignatius’ College matches kick off at 6:30pm at Glenunga, so make sure you come down and watch. On Saturday all 5 teams are on the road as the A/B/C Grades travel to Weigall Oval to take on Cobras while the D and E Grades head south to take on Flinders.