Hat-Tricks, spot kicks and a tough grind headlined another high scoring weekend at the Superdome where some big results were achieved.
The E Grade had the weekend off but the D Grade lined up against Burundi Eagles and took the league early through Jake La Scala. Once again boosted by some big ins the boys continued to maintain control with Will Ventura linking up with Shaun George for the second. The 2-0 lead at the break was reward for a good performance but Coach Pannunz reminded them that they needed to go on with the job as the speed of the Burundi players was going to catch up with OISC in the second half. The third goal coming shortly after the break with Shaun crossing into Jake for his second. Momentum continued to build as Neo Yao put in the fourth before Jake capped his hat-trick shortly before full time to seal an outstanding 5-0 victory.
Leachy was looking for another Federer score as the C Grade took the field against a Cougars side who despite a good win last week have struggled in the opening part of the year. They likewise took the lead early when Iordan Kostadinov was brought down, allowing Rowan Thomas to convert from the spot. OISC remained completely dominant and should have been able to extend the margin countless times had it not been for the lack of finishing allowing chance after chance to be missed; the new backnets not even enough to contain some of the wayward shots. It was not until Dom Prince worked his way done the right side beating two players and back-healing to Iordy was the lead extended. In the second half the boys hoped keep Cougars right out of the match and convert more of the chances they created, they were still finding themselves unable to make the most however but the third did come when Rowan put in his second. This was the catalyst for the floodgates to open somewhat as Leachy then further extended the lead before Dom snuck one between the keeper’s legs. At 5-0 the boys were not done as Matt Gauro got in on the action and Dom got his second. In the closing minutes in his return match John Smith headered home the eighth. The ability of the boys to score so freely was helped by some very solid defending and another clean sheet closing Cougars out of the game. The enjoyable football of the second half adding 6 goals to the 2-0 half time score for an emphatic 8-0 victory.
The B Grade were looking to maintain their good form but were challenged by a Cougars side who were much more hungry for the ball. Cougars took the lead and maintained it for a large portion of the match. In the closing minutes a foul on Stents saw Blakey convert the penalty to bring the match back on level terms. Frustrated by this Cougars tried to turn up the aggression but it failed to yield full dividends as they finished with 10 following a crude tackle and were lucky to not give away another penalty. In the end the points were shared and proved an unplanned speed bump for the B’s.
The A Grade hoped that they could continue the momentum they have begun to build over the last few weeks but in the first half found themselves engaged in a tight tussle against a Cougars side who was keen to inflict the A’s third loss at home this season and they looked on track to doing so as a defensive lapse left Stav stranded and Cougars to take the lead. At the break Coach Rossi rung in the chances both to positioning and personnel introducing Captain Gaz and Peter Kotzias into the match. The threat of another home loss sprung the boys into action in the second half with Tom Smith determined not to let John be the only Smith on the scoresheet levelled the match up. This allowed OISC to settle and return to their natural game. Nick Barbieri was rewarded for his constant run on the ball giving OISC the lead. The precarious score line remained for most of the remainder of the half as Cougars pushed to bring the match back on level terms. In the final minutes, messiah Carbone danced his way through the Cougars defence, gave a wave to the raucous crowd under the verandah before slotting home OISC’s third. Deep into injury time the result was capped as Peter Barone was brought down as the last man in the box allowing Julian Titaro to again step up to convert the spot kick to seal a deserved 4-1 win.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves flew out of the blocks against a very evenly match Pembroke Old Scholars side with Sarah putting two in within the opening 10 minutes. Following a blistering opening the girls settled back a bit and Pembroke began to get themselves into the match bringing one back despite Olivia’s best efforts, this was quickly followed by a second cracking strike bringing the match back on level terms. As the second half began the girls looked to resume control of the match, a long range free by Eliza finding its way to Christine D’Onofrio following in the way of the little man Rocco to calmly give the girls back the lead. The half continued tensely with Pembroke again desperately trying to get back into the match, strong saves from Olivia and defensive clearances from Lucia, and Laura particularly conserved OISC’s advantage. As the match drew to a close Sarah completed her hat-trick giving OISC the points and a well ground out 4-2 victory.
Next week the men are back on the road with the A/B/C Grades heading beachside for important clashes against Red Blue Eagles while the D and E Grades are bound for the wide expanses of the Strathalbyn pitch. The Lady Wolves meanwhile switch to Cup mode as they host Northern Wolves in Round 2.
Lets have a look at who excelled on the weekend:
Hero: Jake La Scala. Hat-trick is a big points scorer in any language but add an assist to that and you have a very nice points tally building.
Mr Consistent: David Leach. Could only be, averaging 10.4 points per game. You will need a big bank balance to be able to get him in if you didn’t at the start of the year.
Quiet Achiever: Iordan Kostadinov. Very affordable still, picked up a goal in the C’s on the weekend and is often involved in the attacking moves of the all conquering side. Also worth noting he does occasionally pop up in the D Grade as well so will sneak in the odd extra few points for a second appearance.
Iordy’s YouTube Highlights from Round 6