Weekly Wrap – Week 8

Second half firepower, byes and wet weather football headlined a weekend which saw come from behind wins for some sides.

The D and E Grades had the bye in the DIV 4 competition but still rolled out to Glenunga for a hard fought internal trial which the D’s ran out winners over the E Grade.

The C Grade found themselves outplayed in the first half with Uni putting three goals into the back of the net. OISC did make some passages forward with a quality cross from Greg “he’s still got it” Buch playing in captain Frank Maio who brought one back for OISC. The 3-1 half time score line however made for difficult reading. With long faces and dejected voices, someone had to pull out something special to bring OISC back into the match; that man was the smallest man on the ground Rocco D’Onofrio who “found himself in a 3 on 1, then while off balance and tumbling to the ground spotted a gap out of the corner of his eye and curled it in to bring it back to 3-2.” Others say it was just his response to the Captain’s Corner comments in the Cynical Hack that was responsible for this. OISC then built on the momentum keeping the Uni defence under sustained pressure with shot after shot being put in. It was a late second half brace to Nick Barbieri that first brought OISC level and then in the dying minutes sealed an outstanding come from behind 4-3 win.

The B Grade looked to follow on against an equally highly rated Uni side but found themselves down early through defensive errors. A long throw to Shaun George in the box who slotted it into the bottom corner levelled the match. The match appeared to be developing into a shootout with both sides taking the ball from one end of the ground to the other and putting in attempts on goal with Uni again taking control until a corner kick was finished from close range by John Smith. Not long after OISC had the upper hand when Andrew Rossi who was proving menacing for the Uni defence was brought down in the box; and his resulting penalty conversion put OISC’s third on the board. Uni scored again close to half time to lock the game at 3-3. Like the C Grade in the second half the B’s lifted the intensity to another level, a clinical cut in saw Phillip Dichiera put OISC in the lead again. Not long after Andrew Rossi was on the receiving end of the ball finding its way out the back of a pack to further extend the advantage which was capped off by a John Smith goal (who made it perfectly clear it was a John not Tom goal) to give OISC an in the end dominant 6-3 win.

In the A Grade OISC dominated from the outset maintaining a lot of early play. However Uni got a breakaway and scored from their very first attack. From that point the momentum fell away as OISC began to again have to chase a game. Both sides continued to create chances however; Uni having one shot hit the bar, while a Mick Dunsatan shot went wide and a Chris Gauro header well saved by Uni’s keeper. Coming out of half time Uni scored again within two minutes of the restart to a questionable off-side call or lack of. Gauro brought OISC back to 2-1 swinging the momentum again. Again however OISC conceded a poor goal when Uni had a long range shot that somehow eluded the keeper. OISC continued to take the game to Uni and were rewarded with a penalty for handball and Captain Stenta coolly converted making it 3-2. OISC continued to push despite being reduced to 10 men after Adam Ciano was sent off 10 minutes after being substituted on. The A’s ran out of time to level the match, losing 3-2.

On Sunday the OISC women took on top of the table St Peters. The first half was fairly evenly matched with both sides going hard for the ball but neither clearly outplaying the other. Saints took the lead mid way through the half when in a 1 on 1 the ball was put into the bottom corner. OISC’s defence led by Lucia Caretti and Natalia Rossi were effective in blunting most other chances Saints created going forward. After half time, OISC gained the early ascendancy with the introduction of Sarah Tronnolone almost having immediate effect with a number of powerful bullets being fired toward goal only to be denied on each occasion. Saints wrestled back some control mid way through the half but again the OISC defence held strong, again with Lucia clearing out one attacking move after another, some great saves from Josephine Ceravolo kept OISC in the match. Late in the half, OISC again pushed to level the match. A perfectly weighted cross from Sarah gave Alysia Panagakos the chance to control and safely fire the ball home to deservedly level the match. A late chance saw OISC come agonisingly close to snatching it, but in the end, the match finished 1-1.

Next week only the B Grade is in action on the long weekend as the Cup Competition continues with a trip out North to take on Sunday DIV 2 side, Munno Para.

Also a reminder, if you have any OISC equipment (balls, drink bottles, kits) to ensure that they are returned to Glenunga THIS WEEK.

Again a reminder that Quiz Night is coming up on Saturday June 28 at the St Ignatius’ Parish Hall, Norwood. 6:30pm for a 7pm start, $10 entry. BYO Food (no drinks), full bar facilities will be available. As well as the quiz, the raffle and silent auction will once again be back with some great prizes on offer. To book a table please contact Marc “Bacon” Lissner on 0420 904 743, please also check out the Facebook event for more info.