Weekly Wrap – Week 6

Ladies Day, a Cup win and the return to Glenunga headlined a weekend which saw mixed results for the first home game at the new Superdome.

The E Grade welcomed Danzo back from the homeland in a match against Northern Wolves which they looked to dominate. A famous Danzo “he nearly scored from one in the past” long throw found its way to Ryan Barry who put the first one for OISC on the board. The OISC defence found itself under pressure however with the other Red and Blue Wolves creating a number of chances of their own. A second OISC career goal to Paul Trengove kept OISC in the match, however in the end they had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The D grade welcomed Northern Wolves to the newly lengthened Glenunga pitch. Joel Ortner went close to putting OISC in the lead early, before an Andrew Culshaw corner saw Michael Pannunzio put the D grade into their first winning position of the year. The slight Gabby Soriano unsuccessfully attempted to intimidate the opposing goalkeeper. A fantastic volley from the copycat Wolves’ leveled the score, and despite only being 2-1 down at half time, the side struggled to keep up in the second half, going down 5-1.

The C Grade kicked off against St Peters in a match which they tried to keep up with Saints pressure. There was little in the way of highlights to speak of with the exception of a well finished goal by Blake Thompson from a Luke De Simoni corner. However playing catch-up for most of the game still saw Saints run out 3-1 winners.

The B Grade was struggling to live up to the high standards that they have set over the past few weeks with Saints dictating play. There was very little in the way of highlights for OISC with defensive lapses giving Saints the edge. Injury free, an outstanding cut across two defenders by Phillip Dichiera before a clean shot into the bottom corner proved to be a match highlight. A second OISC goal to Tarek Tabet proved to not be enough with Saints taking a 3-2 win.

The A Grade looked to bounce back with a good performance against members of the St Peters wine club. The first half was evenly poised with both sides creating chances without breaking through, the OISC defence holding firm with the few chances Saints managed to create. In the second half OISC went up a level to search for the opening goal, however, Saints managed to take the lead against the run of play. A free kick from Messiah Carbone to level the match was only just kept out by the Saints stopper. Chris Gauro continued to prove a dominant force in attack with SPOC struggling to stop his runs to goal. An injury which saw a Saints player stretchered from the ground stopped play momentarily (wishing his recovery well). Showing some heart and resolve to play out the match at 100% which has been lacking in past weeks OISC pressed for a deserved equaliser. The huge crowd willing the A’s on didn’t have to wait long when a Tom Smith header from a corner found its way under the keepers legs to level the match. OISC then searched for a winner putting the Saints defence under sustained pressure but in the end a much improved OISC performance saw it end 1-1.

On Sunday the OISC women took on fellow WCL side Pembroke in the second round of the cup. Starting out quite flat the game looked to be an uninspiring end to end affair in which no side was clearly dominant. Two runs down the right wing mid way through the first half from Gemma Bateman followed by on the spot crosses however saw Sarah Tronnolone put two on the board for OISC in as many minutes. With this in the warm condition OISC began to lift and nearly had a third when a Sophie Hlipala shot rocketed into the crossbar. In the second half with OISC resting key players Pembroke began to create some chances going forward however strong defending led by Lucia Caretti along with some good saves from Josephine Ceravolo kept Pembroke scoreless. The re-introduction of Sarah into the game had immediate effect with a shot finding its way into the top corner. Not to be outdone Gemma Bateman found herself on the end of an Alysia Panagakos corner kick to header in OISC’s fourth. A fourth for the match to Sarah capped off a resounding 5-0 win, OISC’s second clean sheet of the cup campaign sending them into the Quarter Finals.

Next week all teams are back on the road again with the A/B/C Grades playing Wanderers while the D/E Grades travel to the wide expanses at Strathalbyn and the OISC women face Seymour Blue.