Weekly Wrap – Week 8

Sunday match day, braces and come from behind victories saw the two sides in action record hard fought wins.

The Lady Wolves got things started as they headed south to take on Westminster. Wests took advantage of their small pitch allowing them to play their kick and run game which coupled with their physicality put the girls under pressure early. Despite this OISC was in control for much of the game but failed to capitalise. Near misses, saves by the goalkeeper and hitting the post kept Westminster in the game. Westminster scored early in the second half from a corner kick. The Lady wolves fierce determination kicked in with 3 good team goals, 2 from Sarah Tronnolone and 1 from Christine D’Onofrio sealing a 3-2 victory.

Following on from their success the A Grade lined up against Sunday Div 2 side West Adelaide Raptors in the second round of the Challenge Cup. Former OISC and Raptors coach Bill Cagialis watching on torn on who to support. The match began with Raptors building some attacking pressure and putting the OISC defence to work. OISC was playing with the hunger that has lacked in periods of past weeks and was able to work the ball forward and create some attacking chances of their own but the lack of finishing to simple shots kept the match on level terms. The first half remaining a largely even affair reflected by the 0-0 half time score line. In the second half OISC came out with serious intent and put the Raptors defence under serious pressure; Nick Barbieri as in the first half continued to be menacing but unable to finish. Raptors struggled to get the ball up the other end and when they did were reliant on defensive errors to get on the board which they did through a Silver Boot worthy own goal. Going behind against the run of play saw OISC lose their structure, rushing their play and missing passes in their desperate attempt to get the ball back into their attacking half. Mercifully parity was restored with 20 to play as Nick Barbieri caught the Raptors defence out in the same way he had been through the match finding himself in his least favoured situation a one on one with an out rushing keeper but held his nerve to finish into the back of the net before a clattering of bodies. The goal seeing nerves begin to strike amongst the Raptors players. On the other hand the test of their resolve saw structure return to OISC’s game and control wrestled back as the A’s continued to build attacking pressure stealing the lead as extra time beckoned with Barbs finishing another tough chance. The final minutes were counted down nervously with Raptors having a late chance to send the match to extra time a shot across goal coming agonisingly close to sneaking in at the far post. The long period of added time for injuries only served to extend the nervousness that was released as the final whistle blew. The 2-1 victory seeing OISC as one of only three Saturday clubs (along with Adelaide Uni & BOSA) to make their way into the Challenge Cup Round of 16.

Next week the men are back at home as the A & B Grades take on Torrens Valley while the C Grade look to continue their form in the only rivalry clash at the Superdome against St Peters. While the D & E Grades have a bye in the league, the E Grade will still be in action as they host a friendly against Strathalbyn Strikers. On Sunday the Lady Wolves are again on the road as they take on Mercedes Green.