Weekly Wrap – Week 9

Safe passage to the third round of the Cup for the A and B Grades and consolidation at the top of the table for the Lady Wolves. Here is how a weekend of goals and three clean sheets unfolded.

The A Grade were the only team in action on Saturday as they hosted fellow Sat Div 2 side Stirling Districts in the second round of the Challenge Cup. Having played Stirling already this season up the hill in a match which ended in a 3-3 deadlock Daniel’s side were looking to take what they had learnt from that match and put it into practice. The first half though was a fairly even affair early on; Stirling perhaps having the slight edge in terms of the better opportunities on goal but were unable to find the opener. As the half progressed OISC began to stamp their authority on the match; Elias Khoury and Adrian Parrella working hard in the mid-field. As half time approached a clinical link up passage of play as Mike Manou put Peter Barone through and whose cross landed in the box at the feet of Nick Penta putting the A’s ahead. As the second half began it was Stirling who began the better side putting the OISC defence under pressure but were unable to unable to make the most of it and level the game. Punishing them for that missed opportunity Barbs hammered home OISC’s second to give a bit of breathing room. The boys continued to search for a third but in the end the 2-0 victory was enough to seal passage to the round of 16.

Sunday Matchday was where the most action was this weekend and it kicked off at the Superdome where the Lady Wolves lined up against Sacred Heart in a top of the table clash. The girls began the match the better side but were not able to convert early chances to stamp their authority on the match. The risk that Hearts would  be able to wrestle control of the match were soon extinguished after Sarah Tronnolone fired home her first. The lead extended minutes later as a pinpoint corner from Sarah found Eliza Sims who put away her first. Hearts were beginning to break as Sarah out muscled the defence (elbows were not involved) to score her second then hat-trick in a matter of minutes. OISC continued to press forward and make every move a scoring opportunity as Sarah’s corner again found Eliza who headed home her second. Continuing to press forward the ball went out for another corner and yep you guessed it that pair linked up again; Eliza converting for her hat-trick. Wanting to get in on the action Tess Keenan also got one past the keeper to put the girls 7-0 ahead at the break. Sacred Heart began the second half as the better side but not to let a side back into the match again the girls lifted the tempo; Nat Nieass working hard but was not able to reap the rewards. It was beginning to look like a scoreless half before Tess again popped up turning the defence inside out  for her second which was enough to see the girls win 8-0 and go finish the first half of the season with a 4 point gap at the top of the table.

Following this the B Grade headed north to take on Sunday Div 1 side Parafield Gardens. Despite Gardens ladder position Greg’s side didn’t expect an easy clash given Gardens were coming off a 9-3 victory the previous week. The B’s started strongly, scoring the first goal within 60 seconds as a dangerous cross from Tarek Tabet was knocked on by the Parafield Gardens defence after mis-communication between Goalkeeper and defender into the path of Davide Cavuoto for an open goal tap in. Gardens then had possession for the next 5 minutes, before another OISC cross from the right wing was handled by the Gardens defence, leading to a penalty that Shaun George duly converted. For the remaining 35 minutes of the half Gardens dominated possession without making many chances. Tim Pears and James Santillo were excellent at the back, with Emerson Ciccarello making a fantastic 1 on 1 save in Gardens only real chance for the half. OISC improved their performance in the second half, and although Gardens still had the lions-share of possession, Emerson was untroubled in goals – a hardworking midfield and defence comfortably denying Gardens any chances of note. At the attacking end Lewis Cooke sent a ball into Callum Watson only for the shot to go wide. OISC were hunting for a third and eventually it was going to arrive and arrive it did as Shaun sent a ball over to James Blake who successfully drew the keeper out and could do nothing as the ball was flicked over to Dos who made a mockery of the defending on the post for his second. The 3-0 victory hard fought but enough to send the B’s to the third round.

Next week there are no matches for the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, we return to action on the 17th of June as the A and B Grades are on the road against MA Hawks, the D and E Grades go north for tough clashes against FC Fizi. The C Grade are in action on Monday Night June 19 under lights at Charles Cane Reserve against BOSA. The Lady Wolves have an extended break as they have the bye in the next round.