A top of the table clash, a last minute winner and a meeting of the Wolves headlined a weekend in which some sides took significant victories.
The E Grade made the long trip to Strathalbyn a few numbers short, starting with a bare 11. Some poor defending, and inexplicably poor goalkeeping by Michael Pannunzio saw OISC go 2-0 down within 25 minutes, despite Martin Radcliffe having a couple of shots on goal. Strath had a chance to extend the advantage from the spot but ran out of luck as the kick was put wide. OISC tried to swing the momentum back their way but another crucial Pernunz GK error saw Strath take a 3-0 lead into half time. Changes were rung in at the break with Iordan Kostadinov moving into goals and a more polished performance including goals to Martin Radcliffe and Anthony Verlato (his first for OISC) saw the scoreline end with a 4-2 Strath victory, leaving OISC to rue some lack of attack on the ball which solid training from all will hopefully eliminate for future weeks.
The D Grade also started poorly, going 1-0 down within 60 seconds of kickoff. Through the half however OISC proved to be the better side, Joel Ortner cleverly winning a penalty, Will Ventura putting the spot kick wide. Despite the 1-0 deficit the mood remained positive. As the second half began in a bizarre incident, Iordan Kostadinov scored from a corner, the referee blowing for a goal only for the decision to be changed to a goal kick then drop ball on advice of the linesman. The game was levelled when Jack Cooke beat two players to slot his first. Strathalbyn grabbed a goal back, before Anubhav Chauhan missed OISC’s 2nd penalty of the game. The pressure, intensity, and mental fortitude of the side was really positive and Cooke scored his second with 5 minutes to go for the match to finish 2-2.
The C’s lined up in what was a top of the table clash against Red Blue Eagles. The boys conceded two sloppy goals but that did not reflect the balance of the game as the second half was particularly dominant. The introduction of some real pace from Dom at half time created the impetus the C’s needed, taking control as Leachy brought one back from the spot after a foul on Dom. Juice finished a goal from a very central run that brought the match level coming from an excellent pass from defence to the central defensive midfielder who moved into the box and finished well.
Trent Spinelli rounding the keeper and rather than slide the ball in from the angle he strolled in and finished centrally, a neat through ball from Ciano creating the chance. Mark Johnson on his return to the side extended the advantage, the 4-2 victory leaving OISC as the only unbeaten side carrying the impressive stat of 31 goals scored from 6 mathces and rivals Saint Peters arriving at the Superdome in a fortnight.
The B Grade lined up against the top of the table Red Blue Eagles determined to close down the gap on the ladder again. Things however didn’t go to plan with Eagles taking the early lead. This sprung the boys into action with clinical play from Adam Sorgini Down the wing to Adrian Stenta whose perfect cross landed right on Tarek’s head to level it. OISC took the lead minutes later with Tarek converting from the spot after being brought down in the box. Following the frenetic start the game settled into a tense affair before Eagles leveled the match close to half time with a free from a bizarre pass back situation. As the second half began OISC this time took the early ascendancy with Dos putting the B’s back in front. For most of the half the boys were well on top, Dos menacing up forward but no one was able to extend the lead. A defensive lapse saw Eagles again level things against the run of play. As the match entered its final minute it looked set for a draw and despite the dominance OISC would have to settle for a share of the points… that was until Dos again popped up and snuck a low and hard shot into the bottom corner to steal a 4-3 victory.
The A Grade unlike the B’s got the early goal through Peter Barone, but then sat back a satisfied with their early efforts which allowed Eagles to get into the match. A second to Barone though opened a buffer which did not last long as that goal was immediately countered as Eagles brought one back to see a 2-1 half time scoreline. After the break the Eagles retained the momentum soon leveling the match and with 15 to play taking the lead leaving the A’s to rue another good start not captialised on as Eagles took the points 3-2.
On Sunday the Lady Wolves switched to cup mode as they took on Div 5 side Northern Wolves; a side who they also played last year in the Cup. The girls took no prisoners in the opening minutes with Sarah putting in two and Christine one to have a 3-0 lead in the opening 6 minutes. The onslaught continued with Laura Zanin finding herself on the end of a Sophie Hlipala corner for the fourth. The flurry then began to slow to a steady stream with Ellie Lynch getting in on the action before Sarah sealed a first half hat-trick and Christine a brace before half time. The 7-0 half time scoreline utterly dominant but also not reflective on the huge number of shots on goal. In the second half a target was set and Coach Kapnistis made a key change bringing Olivia Lynch out of goal and nearer to where the action was. As the half began the scoreboard looked like it was set to tick over steadily once again as Eliza made the lead 8. From here and as the weather began to set in everyone wanted to get in on the scoring action and the structured play began to dissipate, however after some shuffles to the lineup the passing game returned and with it the goals. Sophie extended the advantage putting in her corner kick before the game was Lynched as Ellie put in her second then as sisters do set up Olivia Lynch for a brace of her own capping a commanding 12-0 victory and passage to the Quarter Final stage.
Next week, Cup round rolls around for the men with the A Grade the only side in action on SUNDAY afternoon as they travel to Kingston Gardens to take on Sunday Div 2 side West Adelaide Raptors. The Lady Wolves start things off on Sunday though as they travel south to take on Westminster in Round 7 of the WCL.
All six teams back in action this week, who were the big individual winners???
Hero: Davide Cavuoto. Not necessarily for being the top points scorer for the weekend (13) but for a key 4 of his points coming though his late winner sealing a well earned 3 points for the B’s.
Points Booster: Ellie Lynch. Could have gone to one of two players in the Lady Wolves this week but the two goals gives Ellie the edge which critically along two assists saw her scoop the pool with 19 points.
Came from nowhere: Jack Cooke. One game, two goals, twelve points, thank you very much. The D’s only goalscorer played a lone hand up forward and picked up a key 12 points from his midfield position, and a bargain at just over $3 million.