All teams were back on the road in Week 3, the A’s, B’s & C’s heading to Stirling whilst the D’s & E’s made the long sojourn to Port Elliot. The A’s dropped their first points of the season, whilst there were a number of respectable results for the other sides. The Lady Wolves began their league season with a dominating win. Here is how the weekend unfolded.
IMPORTANT: There will be no men’s training this Tuesday Night (25 April) due to ANZAC Day. Training will resume as normal on Thursday night.
The D & E Grades traveled to the far reaches of Port Elliot to take on Southern Breakers, and were targeting wins to justify the long journey. In the E Grade it was Breakers who were first to get onto the score sheet with a brilliant curling shot that any keeper would struggle to save even on a good day. OISC improved considerably after that goal having the better of the first half. At the other end Luka Arlotta was unlucky to have a one-on-one chance saved, but the E Grade drew level when David Leach won and scored a trademark penalty. Michael Sorgini cleared a corner off the goal line, and Jack Harben made a couple of great saves, before a cross assisted with the breeze meant Breakers led at the break. With tiring legs, and a combination of attacking uphill, and a couple of injuries the E’s were lacklustre in the second half. They failed to conjure many chances, but defended well enough, a 3-1 victory to Breakers a fair reflection on the game.
The D Grade got off to a great start when a Mark Johnson long throw, combined with some excellent movement from Dom “The Crown” Prince allowed Phil Resch to slot the opener. Breakers equalised shortly after before Johnno turned goalscorer; using the breeze to chip the adventuring goalkeeper from the byline. Matt Congedi was solid in midfield, but a goal on the break from the aptly named Breakers saw the sides go in level at half time at 2-2. An unremarkable 2nd half as the lads fought hard but couldn’t make anything out of it. They ended the game with a respectable 2-2 draw.
The C Grade looked to continue their rich vein of form as they accrued another win against a spirited Stirling. The boys made a slow start but would improve throughout the opening stages of the first half. Jack Cooke who scored a brilliant 5 goal haul last time out continued his superb form, and took advantage to open the scoring via a lovely cross from Andrew Rossi. The C’s were awarded a penalty as they simply couldn’t handle the pressure Cooke-r whose movement and pace caused havoc in the opposition’s box. Anubhav Chauhan stepped up missing the first penalty, however the referee demanded a retake. Anubhav having no issues as he calmly dispatched the goal for the 2nd of the game. The C’s doing enough to continue their unbeaten start with a 2-0 victory.
The B’s started their game full of aplomb as plenty of chances came their way early on with Davide Cavuoto, Curtis Covino and Raf Ceravolo notably unable to ripple the back of the net. Stirling then found their confidence and slowly mounted some offence to put pressure on the OISC defence. The always reliable presence of Shaun George slotted home a penalty to give OISC the lead. Despite conceding Stirling continued to push the B’s, shortly thereafter though Dos would notch the 2nd of the game and ease the pressure on the lads. Stirling would then shock everyone as they scored on the break to make it 1-2 at half time. In the second half Stirling continued where they had left off and scored to equal the score line via an own goal. With very little time to play Dos would send a pass out wide to Tim Pears who ably crossed in to Curtis’s head for the winner, the B’s taking a 3-2 victory.
The A Grade made a positive start to the game much like the B’s had, and despite dominating the opening 20 minutes found themselves on the backfoot as a defensive miscommunication led to an error, Stirling capitalising to make it 1-0. OISC attempted to make a comeback but were unable to level matters as they missed plenty of chances on goal, Stirling’s keeper making some brilliant saves to deny the visitors. At half time OISC were faced with a 1-0 deficit but were confident that their superior ball play would get them back into the match. The 2nd half saw OISC finally deliver on their attacking threats as Mick Dunstan scored a goal through legs thanks to an Adrian Parrella cross. The A’s would then take the lead when Mike Manou would cross to Nick Penta to make 1-2. Stirling had other ideas though and leveled matters with a goal from the resulting kick off. Gary Dal Broi then made it 2-3 after some brilliant link up play between Mike and James Blake. Stirling were awarded a penalty with 5 to play leveling the match again at 3-3. Despite winning three late corners OISC were unable to take advantage as Stirling desperately defending to see the points shared.
The Lady Wolves started their WCL season brilliantly, as they overcame Seymour. Dominating possession, the Ladies peppered the goal but gave the keeper plenty of practice picking her out on almost every occasion. Gabby Parente would calmly grab a goal just before half time to make it 0-1. The 2nd half would see the flood gates open as OISC continued to dominate play; Gab grabbing her second after some great interplay and build up. OISC once again resumed their blitz of the home sides keeper but were unable to take advantage, shots going everywhere but in the back of the net. Sarah Tronnolone was able to make it 0-3 though with a powerful strike. Sophie Hlipala in the closing stages made it four, scoring from outside the box and speculation is rife on whether it was shot or a cross (…it was a shot!!!). Finally killing off the game, the Ladies asserted their dominance to take a 4-0 victory.
Next week all teams are at back at the Superdome, A/B/C Grades taking on Flinders, D/E Grades facing Elizabeth Grove and on Sunday the Lady Wolves play BOSA.