Weekly Wrap – Week 3

Goals, sunshine and returns to form headlined a goalfest and some big wins at the Superdome.

The D Grade got things started against Munno Para City and dominated the play from the outset. An goal from early free kick to Captain David Leach opened the scoring. Munno Para quickly followed up drawing the match level again. From there OISC settled in to take command of the match, Will Ventura putting OISC ahead again by taking possession and beating the defence by sending them one way while going the other for OISC’s second. Ronnie Arboit needing to put in some important saves to conserve the 2-1 half time lead. Coming out of the break the famous Danzo long throw once again was put down as an assist when it combined with Leachy for his second. Throughout the remainder of the half OISC continued to dictate the play, Martin Radcliffe scoring to cap off a 4-1 victory.

The C Grade looked to respond to the past two weeks against a Stirling side against whom they took an entertaining 3-2 victory in the pre-season. From the first whistle OISC were in complete control maintaining a majority possession in their attacking half putting the Stirling defence under immense pressure which eventually lead to the opener when Stirling put the ball in their own net. Building on this momentum AK Akuen took centre stage quickly extending the advantage to two. OISC continued to maintain possession with the defence only needed to clear a limited number of Stirling’s attacking moves. Leading into half time the advantage was further extended with a fast running AK getting the ball and in a 1v1 simply dancing around the keeper for his second. The second half picked up exactly where the first left off, with AK getting his hat-trick in exactly the same style as his second. Goals continued to flow as the half went on; Joe Titaro picking up a brace before AK to cap off a stellar match slotting home his fourth to seal a 7-0 triumph.

The B Grade similarly looked to put the first two weeks of the season behind them against a Stirling side who were also coming off a disappointing round 2. A side again significantly different to weeks before, despite this they came out with a positive attacking style, Nick Barbieri having having chance after chance without reward. Eventually however a Barbieri cross found the outstretched leg of Tom Surman to open the scoring. OISC continued to be dangerous in attack, Barbs missing another golden opportunity before Stirling were unlucky to bring the match level with a shot from 35 yards rocketed into the cross bar. The persistence of Barbs eventually did pay off as he extended the advantage to two. Coming into the second half OISC continued to be the more dangerous side before a penalty saw Stirling bring one back. This appeared to rattle the OISC side for the first time in the match with some skill errors starting to creep into their game. Vasilios Sotiropoulous was not to be denied in goals putting in some vital save to conserve the advantage and seal a 2-1 victory.

The A Grade hoped to build on their positive start to the season against a Stirling side who suffered a heave defeat the week before. From the outset OISC took control of the match the fabled Carbs & Gauro duo reforming for the first time this year and was immediately dangerous. A ball through to Carbs from Mick Dunstan set off this partnership once again with Carbs placing the ball perfectly for Chris Gauro to open the scoring. The lead should have been extended shortly after with Gianfranco Malvaso and Michael Manou combining for another big scoring opportunity. OISC went into the break with a slender 1-0 lead and with the knowledge had they taken their chances it should have been far greater. Through the second half Stirling were much improved and began to wrestle control of the match. The match was brought back on level terms from a corner and a disputed off side that was not given but had the OISC crowd screaming for the flag to be raised. This started to swing some momentum, Stirling putting in another to take the lead and then as OISC was chasing to level the match a third to seal a 3-1 win.

Next week some big matches await, the D Grade are on the road against Monarchs. The A/B/C Grades are at the Superdome looking to pick up important points against Wanderers. On Sunday the the OISC women return to action on the road in an expected classic against Mercedes Old Collegians.