Weekly Wrap – Week 9

Quiz Night, Hat-tricks and an upset headlined a weekend where some teams bounced back and others recorded disappointing results.

The D Grade made their trip to the Lloyd to take on St Peters and engaged in a hard fought battle with both sides having ample chances to open the scoring. OISC was able to take the lead through a Joel Ortner goal which in the end proved the difference and saw the D’s take home a 1-0 victory.

The C Grade took on league pace-setters BOSA and were not overwhelmed by the task at hand with some good drive going forward. They however fell behind when BOSA snuck one past Ronnie, many people believing the keeper may have been fouled but never the less OISC needed to move on and respond. They did so not long after with AK taking advantage of a Keeper error when coming out of his box to go around and level the match. OISC continued to create chances with a Jose Zelaya cracker into the top corner putting OISC in the lead. Not being watchful after scoring saw BOSA again level it almost immediately. Coming out of the break OISC again took the lead by way of an own goal. Trying to rectify that BOSA began to build some attacking pressure once again and again levelled it at 3-3. OISC continued to make moves forward attempting to force an error from the BOSA defence with the C’s taking back the lead again through another own goal followed minutes later by a third own goal as the defence tried to clear a dangerous cross in from Max Soulsby. In the closing stages, BOSA brought one back before Paul Murray slotted home the sealer for an entertaining and high scoring 6-4 victory.

The B Grade hoping to put last week behind them found themselves turning in a similarly poor performance again against a BOSA side which had them trailing 3-0 at the break. The second half did not see much in the way of improvement leading to another disappointing 5-0 defeat.

The A Grade similarly started disappointingly with BOSA dominating the play from the outset. OISC struggled to get into the match and follow basic instructions at times. There was little in the way of highlights as BOSA had large portions of the match their own way, a late goal from Tarek Tabet was the highlight as BOSA took a comfortable victory.

On Sunday the Lady Wolves returned to action against the Pembroke Queens. Dominating play from the outset they had the lead through a Sarah Tronnolone opener after 2 minutes. The lead was extended shortly after with Sarah’s second. OISC were dominant maintaining the bulk of possession in their attacking half, the defence enjoying some quiet time. Two in quick succession from Rachel Varricchio and a rebound from a shot off the crossbar from Sarah giving OISC its 4th and Sarah her hat-trick. Pembroke’s difficult half was sealed with an own goal just before the break to give OISC a 5-0 half time lead. Coming out of the break Pembroke lifted their intensity but OISC was still the dominant force in the match Niki Kapnistis unlucky to score when the keeper had to put in a diving save to send her shot wide. The resulting corner kick saw OISC given a penalty for a handball in the box which was duly converted by Eliza Sims. Shortly after Niki extended the lead to 7 with her first. The defence had to remain alert as the half wore on a Pembroke began to build some attacking momentum. At the other end OISC were not done however continuing to maintain the bulk of possession and attack, Niki scoring her second followed by Gabby Parente again extending the lead with a chip from the top of the 18 yard box. Double digits were achieved late on when Sarah put Niki through for a hat-trick of her own. Pembroke scored a late consolation goal from a corner but was only a small blight on the dominant 10-1 scoreline.

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Cup week returns next weekend with the A Grade hosting Sunday Div 3 side Sierra Stars on Saturday at the Superdome. The D Grade continue in league action also at the Superdome against BOSA. The OISC women are back on the road for their important clash against St Peters. The B and C Grades have the weekend off.

Thanks to everyone who attended Quiz Night on Saturday, a great night was had by all and massive night for the club. Congratulations to the winners with the table captained by Marco Spinelli victorious; taking almost all the spoils of the night, Danzo’s crew coming a very close second and the table captained by Andrew Rossi coming in third.