Weekly Wrap – Week 7

A gutsy win for the E Grade, a tough day for the D’s, a reality check for the C’s, return to the winners list for the B’s, and disappointment for the A’s while the Lady Wolves just continue to roll on. Here is how the weekend unfolded.

The E Grade started in a lively fashion, creating a few chances, but an incredibly hard and bobbly Northern Pitbulls pitch frustrated many of the players, before OISC was reduced to 10 men 15 minutes before half time. Avi Ringel debuting in goal performed outstandingly to ensure the side went in level. The message for the second half was to keep the shape, and defensively they would be sound. The tiki-taka of the Northern Pitbulls lacked real penetration. Chances fell to Patrick Stevens and Neo Yao, but they were both undone by the bobble. In quick succession, OISC got 2 identical goals with Michael ‘Molly’ McGuire providing corners for Tom Smith to head home. Yaniv Srour almost made it three, but with 10 minutes to go and 2 goals up, the fatigue of being a player down set in. Avi Ringel made a number of last ditch saves, but was beaten once to setup a tense last 5 minutes. Ringel saved a shot destined for the top corner right at the death, ensuring a 2-1 victory.

The D Grade faced a fierce and skilful Northern Pitbulls, who will be looking to win the division and return to Div 3. Their pacey wingers, skilful midfielders and lethal strikers meant OISC went in at half time 5-0 down. The second half was much improved, with chances dropping to Mark Johnson, Matt Congedi and Philipp Resch. An Emerson Ciccarello penalty and some great goalkeeping from Anthony Verlato meant the second half ended in a draw, but overall a 6-1 defeat.

The C Grade took on Red Blue Eagles in a battle of the undefeated sides and in a match which was proved to be anything but its top of the table billing. OISC putting in an uncharacteristically sluggish performance characterised by skill errors and a lack of attack on the ball. The Eagles taking full toll and putting in 5 goals, OISC only managing one in reply through Jack Cooke but all in all a disappointing 5-1 loss seeing them slip to second on the table.

The B Grade got off to a fast start against the Red Blue Eagles and took the lead with little more than 2 minutes on the clock as Andy Fortunatow ball found a waiting Curtis Covino who cut in and comfortably finished. Searching for fantasy points (sorry not this year…) Tarek Tabet picked up an assist as his ball into the box found Davide Cavuoto waiting at the back post for a tap in to extend the lead. OISC was able to keep most of the possession in their attacking half and were helped by an Eagles side who were letting the B’s go about playing their own game. As the heat of the frenetic opening period began to cool, chances were beginning to be missed leaving the 2-0 half time scoreline reflective of the first half but also one which could have been far greater. As the second half began the Red and Blue of the Eagles started off the better but then OISC began to regain control but were unable to extend their lead through lacking killer instinct in the final third. It took super sub Dom Prince to come on and score to put the result beyond doubt, the 3-0 win a good way to bounce back.

Like the week before the A Grade had the better of the early play putting the Eagles defence under some pressure with some early chances. At the other end keeper Adriano De Rosa was called into action saving some shots on goal. OISC coming agonizingly close to scoring in the shadows of half time with the Eagles desperately clearing the ball of the line then and then with minutes to the break in a flurry of deja vu, Eagles were able to go down and score to take a 1-0 half time lead. The second half OISC struggled to maintain focus on the game at hand, reducing themselves to 10 men and seeing Eagles score again to take full capital on a disappointing OISC performance.

On Sunday historians were sent diving for the record books as first Sophie Hlipala and then Sarah Tronnolone scored to have the Lady Wolves 2-0 ahead of Westminster with no more than a minute on the clock. OISC making the most of the attacking penetration building down the left to keep the Westminster defence busy. OISC was denied  a third goal as a scrambling Westminster defence cleared the ball off the line, sparking them into action and seeing them put in a few shots of their own to no avail. The third goal coming as Kate Ferguson was rewarded for a good half, firing the ball into the net. As the break approached the woodwork denied OISC on more than one occasion to see the advantage at the break remain at three. The second half opened in an even fashion with both sides having opportunities before the play again settled in OISC’s attacking half, this did not reap rewards with the woodwork again being the enemy. Seizing on an OISC side who had momentarily lost their focus Westminster brought one back to continue to keep the match alive before Sarah restored the three goal buffer with her second. The girls again having chances to extend the lead late but denied by the keeper, they had done enough though to secure the victory 4-1.

Next week the men return to the Superdome for 5 bumper matches as the A/B/C Grades take on Gleeson while the D & E Grades face Green United. On Sunday the Lady Wolves are on the road as they renew their rivalry with Pembroke.