The E’s and D’s made the long trip to Strathalbyn and were vindicated with strong victories. The C’s continued their near unstoppable winning form with yet another win, however the B’s and A’s were soundly beaten as the season begins to gear up.
The E Grade made the trip to the wide expanses of the Strathalbyn Recreation Reserve to take on a Strathalbyn side who were sitting level with OISC on the table. The E’s were in control of the game from the first whistle and were putting the Strath defence under sustained pressure. Goals from Marty Radcliffe, Michael McGuire and Will Ventura were enough to secure the 3-0 victory.
The D Grade looked to continue on from the E Grade’s positive win, with one of their own given the distance travelled for this game. Ciano’s men started strongly against Strathalbyn as OISC scored via an Emo corner which allowed Iordan Kostadinov to latch onto it for the first goal of the match. OISC took advantage of their continued pressure and managed to make it 0-2 as Dan Pace smashed in true Pacey style a shot in from 2 metres out. The away side had a number of chances to kill of the game as OISC dominated play from the middle of the park. Sadly they squandered their chances in front of goal. The defence which had been superb in the first half, had a lapse in concentration with Strathalbyn able to create a chance forcing Jack Harben to make a fine save. The second half opened much as the first had, with OISC regularly making piling pressure on the home sides defence. Emo’s shot hit the crossbar, with the shot going over the line to give the captain a much deserved goal. Late in the game Jack was forced into a number of quality saves to keep Strath at bay with OISC running out convincing 3-0 winners.
The C’s continued their blistering winning run as they once again soundly beat their opponents Titans. Two goals were notched in the first 20 minutes as Lewis Cooke grabbed the first, with John Smith rising high to grab a header. Jack Cooke would make it 0-3 via some brilliant passing and build up play. The away side would continue to dominate the possession as they went into half time 0-3 up. The second half saw OISC continue to pressure the Titans as Jake La Scala hit the bar with a header. The Titans keeper scared by this near miss passed ball out to his nearest defender, who under immense pressure coughed up possession and allowed Jake the chance to grab the 4th. The Titans would make some good chances, however a combination of older legs against a much younger OISC side meant they were unable to do much with them. The C’s running out 0-4 winners.
The B Grade was next up and the Titans looked up for the game, whereas OISC were the exact opposite. The Titans grabbed two goals in the early stages of the half before the away side would concede a penalty, which the Titans happily dispatched. OISC struggled to make many chances, and even when they did were easily shut out. OISC entered the second half 3-0 down, and much of the same continued as Titans would extend their lead by four goals. Tom Smith would be sent off making it even harder for OISC to mount any offense. The home side would make it 5-0, with Raff Ceravolo getting a consolation goal for OISC however it mattered little as the B’s suffered a very disappointing result.
The final game of the day was an equally disappointing result however the A’s came out much stronger than the B’s had. Making his A Grade debut Adriano De Rosa made some stunning saves to keep the tie 0-0. The Titans were seemingly in rampant form, as they passed the ball around with ease. OISC managed to gain a free kick through some silly Titans time wasting in defence resulting in an unnecessary passback but were unable to capitalise on this opportunity. Titans would score just before half time and would see their lead doubled via an own goal to make it 2-0 at the break. The Titans would open the second half much in the same way as they had the first however OISC would find a glimmer of hope as Gary Dal Broi would receive a penalty via foul, with Mike Manou duly slotting it away to make it 2-1. Titans would then hit a third as the defence were unable to hold their shape and offer Adriano little support. Once again Adriano would pull off some important saves to keep some parity to the score line before Mike would once again give the away side some hope as he got around the keeper to make it 3-2 but sadly OISC was unable to grab the point as time ran out.
Next week crucial matches await for all side as the A/B/C Grades make the trip to league HQ at Grange to take on Red Blue Eagles, The D & E Grades are away to Northern Pitbulls and on Sunday the girls at at the Superdome where they host Westminster.