Cup Round, Sunday games and a return to Glenunga headlined a weekend in which only three teams were in action.
The women kicked off proceedings on Sunday morning, returning to debut the new and improved Superdome taking on Seymour Green. Jumping out of the blocks, OISC took the lead after only 5 minutes with Sarah Tronnolone beating the keeper to the top corner. OISC continued to dominate play in the opening minutes playing the ball through the middle and doubled their lead through Sophie Hlipala not long after. The 2-0 lead saw OISC settle back and the pressure drop. Seymour began to play themselves back into the match putting the ball forward and attempting to put OISC under pressure; however some cool headed defending kept shots on goal to a minimum. An outstanding on the line save by keeper Isabella Rossi late in the half ensured OISC went into half time with a comfortable lead. In the second half OISC exploded back onto the pitch, lifting the pressure and intensity that they applied in the first half, ruthlessly putting in shot after shot with two goals in three minutes in the opening 10 minutes of the half from Sarah Tronnolone completing her first hat-trick of the season. Not to be out-done to go with her first half goal another quick-fire double in four minutes from Sophie Hlipala capped off her hat-trick and outstanding match just after the hour mark. With the advantage six, OISC defenders not having much to do with the girls continuing to maintain possession in their attacking half, a goal to Alysia Panagakos coupled with an own goal capped off a crushing 8-0 win, the strong all-round performance giving Coach Rossi his contented smirk back!
The B’s travelled south to take on Sunday Premier side Southern Knights. Sporting a number of C and D grade players who had received the call up and willingly supported the club by giving up their Sunday to fill the bench and run the line including Joel Ortner, Dan Pace, Andrew Culshaw and Calvin Ho. The youth of the OISC side got them off to a good start against a solid and experienced Knights side; OISC created many chances but found a number didn’t drop or were not allowed with three disallowed goals superbly finished but ruled out for offside!!! The experience at the back proved solid keeping Knights from too many moves into attack with Radcliffe, Barolo and Buch resolute; Sholto complimenting with youth and bringing down considerably the average age!!! OISC continued to use their pace out wide, Tom Surman and Adam Sorgini repeatedly ran the channel and put in decent crosses which really should have been converted, but the Knights keeper managed to keep several out while OISC also gave up several opportunities. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Joel Ortner’s break coming in from the left whose flat through ball got in behind the defence and into Adam Sorgini’s run leaving him to one touch and finish the ball into the net. A second well placed shot by Anthony Aoukar gave OISC a 2-1 win and a ticket into the next round of the cup.
The A’s meanwhile travelled north to take on another Sunday Premier side in Salisbury Florina. Having defeated Florina in the pre-season OISC took some confidence into the match but through a defensive hole found them down 1-0 early. Not to be deterred, OISC pressed forward and levelled the match up not long after with Peter Barone putting Simon Ventoruzzo through to even the match up. Florina took advantage of OISC’s lack of defensive pressure and took a 2-1 half time lead. Calling on players to lift the intensity and to show some heart and fight for the win OISC found the opposite happen with Florina lift the intensity and physicality further piling on the pressure and scoring at regular intervals through the half. OISC dropped their heads with a few players suffering injuries. A heavy knock to Elias Khoury saw him carried from the field, with thanks to the Florina guys who looked after him on the sideline. OISC suffered a disappointing and crushing 7-1 loss.
Next week is Ladies Day at Glenunga with all the mens teams returning to the Superdome; the A, B and C Grades taking on St Peters while the D and E Grades face Northern Wolves. On Sunday the OISC Women look to keep their good form going taking on fellow WCL side Pembroke in the second round of the cup.