Quiz Night, goals and clean sheets headlined a weekend where all sides picked up points and some amazing statistics were achieved.
The E grade started brightly against Green United, but lacked a bit of intensity in the first half. Conceding an own goal after a cut-back deflected of Danzo’s generously proportioned rear-end, and an offside 1-on-1, the E’s were feeling a bit green as they went into the break 2-0 down. Thankfully, everyone kept their cool, and were composed after the break. Anthony Verlato and Dion Stathopoulos combined for two goals, interspersed by a chipped ball by Patrick Stevens. The comeback from a two goal deficit left their opponents green with envy, but the boys couldn’t hold on, conceding a late penalty for the match to end 3-3.
The D grade line-up was bolstered by Jake La Scala and Phil Dichiera making appearances, offsetting the loss of a few other players to injury. Throughout the first half horrible tackles on Max Soulsby, Will Ventura, and Anubhav Chauhan went unpunished by the local referee. Not to be brought down however Anubhav got the breakthrough after 15 minutes of OISC dominance. As tensions threatened to boil over after some handbags in the OISC box, Jake La Scala scored an excellent counter-attack; starting from inside his own half, beating defenders and an offside flag to slot it past the keeper. At the half time break, the message was one of remaining calm, and composed, and to play positively and their natural game. A wonderful second half performance from everyone, with each player deserving plaudits for their effort, saw the D grade come out 2-0 victors.
The C Grade lined up against arch rival Adelaide Uni and were dominant from the outset. Dom Prince proved a menace in front of goal scoring a great finish from a sweeping move that was well created for him by Andrew Rossi who was also having an impact on the match. Leachy proved a point about shooting on target counts since his second goal ballooned nicely up and over the stranded keeper after a fortuitous deflection from a hapless defender. Adrian Stenta controlled the midfield and allowed the 3 goals scorers to dominate and achieve a brace each, Dom, Ciano and Leachy. The resilient performance with very solid defending ensured a clean sheet which was the ideal platform for the numerous attacking chances that sealed the 6-0 victory Federer would have been proud of. Bonus: Check out the highlights below of the C’s match with all the goals and Pres Night Video worthy fluffed chances!
The B Grade match against MA Hawks began in an even fashion. OISC were able to create a number of clear cut scoring chances but were hampered by a lack of finishing which kept Hawks in the match. Momentum began to swing when injury forced Hawks into a keeper swap allowing a constantly hassling Dos to capitalise and put OISC ahead. In the second half the momentum continued to build with Peter Barone easing his way back into OISC life by putting in the second. Now that Pablo Sanchez has left Adelaide United the new official best super-sub in Adelaide; Tarek was introduced into the game with half an hour to play and the match began to truly break open scoring his first within minutes then a second tap in shortly after. The B’s then had a chance to extend the advantage to five when Barone was brought down in the box, the penalty taker missing his rare opportunity to score sending the kick wide. In the end the 4-0 victory a dominant performance and perfect way to bounce back from last week.
The A Grade started slowly against a Hawks side who took the early momentum testing the OISC defence. Tom Smith returning to the side up to the task; holding the defensive line strong to not allow Hawks to convert. Hawks continued to put the OISC defence under pressure but the midfield was able to distribute the ball coming out of defence successfully to give the A’s chances at the other end to open the scoring without success. At the break the match remained delicately poised at 0-0 with whichever side who started the better coming out of the break likely to be the one who would be able to break the match open. Fortunately readers that side was OISC; the opener coming after Nick Barbieri’s constant run saw him brought down in the box; Julian Titaro stepping up to convert this spot kick to put OISC ahead. Chances continued throughout the half, Elias Khoury scoring the second adamant he got a hair on the end of a Mike Manou corner. Maintaining a strong focus the boys closed out the 2-0 victory and their first clean sheet of the league season.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves had a mother’s day clash against the Pembroke Queens and scored in the opening 90 seconds through Sarah Tronnolone. Following a Queens keeper swap, the girls maintained a bulk of the possession in their attacking half but were thwarted through the early minutes by the flag. Not to be slowed they continued to work hard peppering the goal time after time; a Christine D’Onofrio shot hitting the crossbar, the follow up doing the same. Progress continued to be halted by the Queens keeper putting in a performance not seen since that of Ronnie at the ’82 World Cup, stopping almost everything that came her way. As the break approached a ball through from Sheeney allowed Ellie to put in the second. The second half continued like the first OISC maintaining almost all of the possession in their attacking half, a slight adjustment to the shooting radar utilsing the areas to the sides of the keeper saw OISC begin to put the match out of reach with Sarah slotting her second before Christine was rewarded for a strong match with the fourth. Goals continued as the Sarah to Eliza duo linked up again for the fifth. Almost straight after the kick-off the lead was extended when a Chloe Murray throw-in put Eliza in for her second. The through ball again proved the key with Eliza putting Sarah through for her hat-trick and sealing a 7-0 victory.
This capped off a very successful weekend for the club where there were 5 wins, 1 draw and no losses garnering 16 of a possible 18 points on offer. 24 goals were scored across all matches with only 3 goals conceded. Up front there were 7 multiple goal scorers while in defence there were 5 clean sheets recorded; all statistics which set the club on the right course as the season moves into its middle phase.
Next week all sides are back at the Superdome with the A/B/C Grades facing Croydon Cougars while the D Grade face Burundi Eagles. The E Grade have their first week off for the season while on Sunday the Lady Wolves play host to Pembroke Old Scholars.
Thanks to everyone who attended Quiz Night on Saturday night, a great night was had by all in attendance. Congratulations to the Lucky 13 table of Glenunga Cricket Club who took out the night narrowly edging out 2015 winners The Defending Chumps.
There is also time for an update of who made it big in the world of OISC Fantasy this week:
Hero: Adam Ciano. Hard to identify a specific hero given the large number of multiple goal scorers but Ciano has begun to consistently pick up points week in week out, the more astute buyer will notice his location on the park can help with the points tally.
Bargain Buy: Dion Stathopoulos. Four goals in the last two weeks and coming in at a bargain price of under $5 million, he is a worth sneaking into your midfield as early form shows that you will get a good return for little outlay.
Redeemed themselves: Julian Sartoretto. After a tough start to the season for the A’s which saw Jules lose points and have value wiped away, he has finally climbed back into the positive and now he has a taste for scoring goals may try to push up front to get a goal in the competition that counts, the league!