Weekly Wrap – Week 22

Final matchday, around the ground scores and opportunities missed saw the league season draw to a close.

A threadbare squad took the field for the E Grade, against the Division 4 Reserves Champions Flinders. OISC were unlucky to go into half time 2-0 behind, despite some good goalkeeping by Danzo, and an own goal. Michael Pannunzio and Ben Ferris went close in the first half, but Flinders Goalkeeper was excellent at commanding his area. It was obvious the Flinders side had been taught a style of football, and regular trainings meant everyone knew their role in the team. Some more good goalkeeping by Danzo ensured the result was only 3-0.

The D Grade were looking to take 5th spot off Flinders, but struggled to find their rhythm in the first half. Two defensive blunders saw the D’s concede twice, but an interception by Iordan Kostadinov and a wonderfully calm finish by Jack Cooke made sure the game was still there for the taking in the second half. Cooke got his second to again level the game up, after closing down the overly arrogant goalkeeper. Flinders were the better side, and wanted the game more. Some great goalkeeping by Dan Pace kept OISC in it, but in the end Flinders ran out 4-2 victors.

The C’s took on Cobras in a match where they had to overcome adversity with the awarding of a penalty that put OISC 1-0 down early in the second half. The C’s have scored in every league game this year so it was probably no surprise when Dom flashed in a corner following a scramble whereby Kangas headed the ball into the mix. It seemed only fair that a winner would come since the lads were determined and playing good football; Leachy modifying the formation to chase the result and some indecisiveness from their keeper allowed the coach to swing in a well weighted cross that the on rushing Dom rifled home to give us the winner. Despite the win it won’t be enough to lift the trophy, Leachy commenting that “It has been a fine season where the C Grade went unbeaten, scoring in every game and averaged 4 goals per game. The lads can be proud of a fine season that just missed collecting the silverware but nonetheless going unbeaten and managing 75 goals scored in 18 games.”

The B Grade knew that a win over Cobras and one result falling their way would see them lift the trophy but from the first whistle they were all at sea, play dominated by skill errors and a tricky Cobras side proving difficult. OISC were struggling to get into the game and put away opportunities, Dos missing the best chance of the half. OISC were made to pay as Cobras piled on two quick goals to make the task that bit harder. Their cause was hampered with two forced changes due to injuries before half time. As the second half began there was still plenty of time for OISC to get back into the game but the break did not seem to do much to reset the guys focus. Despite word coming through from Titan Park that leaders Red Blue Eagles were 3-0 behind and that all OISC had to do was get the points it didn’t seem to lift the boys who still just couldn’t put their finishing boots on; James Mercuri coming close on several occasions but the Cobras did enough to take the opportunity and the match 2-0.

The A Grade likewise knew that they needed to get the job done well and have one of only two results fall their way to see them return to Div 1 in 2017. However like recent weeks they were again slow out of the blocks in the opening period of the match but unlike their last two outings were not made to pay on the scoreboard. Playing themselves into the match paid dividends as the half continued with a Peter Barone shot deflecting for Mike Manou to put OISC ahead before Tom Smith extended that advantage as the break approached. In the second half OISC hoped to continue to build the pressure and the score line but were faced with the complete opposite as an own goal followed by a second goal had Cobras back in the match at 2-2 early in the half. Phones being worked on the sidelines indicated OISC had a sniff but needed to score and score multiple goals quickly. They were struggling with this task but as the full time whistle approached Peter Barone further improved on his up front average of recent weeks to put OISC ahead but in the end while the 3-2 win was enough to seal the points it wasn’t enough to get the top two spot, the boys finishing the year in 3rd spot.

Presentation Night is this Friday Night, 6:30pm for 7pm start. The night is fully sold out and is building to be a great night of celebration. The season of course is not over as the A Grade continue their Cup Run this Sunday afternoon against Salisbury Inter in the Semi Final from 1:45 at The Paddocks, Bridge Road, Para Hills. Make sure you get out and support the boys.