The weather was not very welcoming again for Ormer FC’s home match against Arsenal Dorset, the game was played at Ormer’s home pitch at Test Park Sports Ground in Southampton. The game kicked off as the wind and rain swept across the pitch, as the conditions under foot could only be described as heavy going. Ormer are learning to play against so many different styles and tactics, that they would not normally come across in Guernsey. This was the first time they had come across a team, that were quite happy to sit back and soak up the pressure, for more than an hour of the 80 minute match.
The first quarter of the match was basically Ormer attack against a stubborn well organised Arsenal defence. The first real note of the game was a goal, which happened when Joe Adams played a fantastic through ball to Keene Domaille, his pass was that good, that it took four Arsenal players out the game and sent Domaille through with only the keeper to beat, Domaille who has been pivotal in recent weeks for Ormer, showed where his form is at, as he side footed pass the keeper with ease 1.0 Ormer. The Arsenal team were working really hard to keep Ormer away from their goal, they were trying to do this by packing their half of the pitch with everyone behind the ball. But Ormer did not panic and kept playing the Ormer way, with their pass and move football. Archie Drillot had a long range shot that went high and wide, while Adams found himself in acres of space and had the keeper at full stretch with a fingertip save. Drilliot also created another two good opportunities for himself that came to nothing in quick succession.
Quarter two was a mirror image of the first, as Arsenal parked the bus again and lacked any creative spark going forward. This was only going to be one-way traffic and that is the way it was shaping up. Ormer were trying time and time again to unlock Arsenal’s defensive wall and Adams looked sharp again, as his shot from distance was this time easily saved by the thankful keeper. Another chance came the way of Adams as Finley Du Port slipped the ball through the defensive line, but Adams hit the ball straight at the keeper, who managed to push the ball away to safety. Du Port and Domaille played a couple of intricate 1-2’s to one another, which lead to Du Port firing off a close range shot, which the keeper saved with his legs. Ormer did finally break the deadlock in this quarter, as Harry Tough came up with a great individual goal. He dribbled past a defender, before ghosting past another two players, with a mazy run, before curling an unstoppable shot into the far corner 2.0 Ormer.
Arsenal showed no sign of changing from their defensive stance as they set their stall out again entering quarter three and seemed quite happy to keep the score down, rather than go on the attack. This tactic just seemed to play into Ormers hands, as they looked like the only team that were going to score again. The next goal did come quite early in the quarter as the impressive Drilliot drove down the left flank and then held the ball up, he then proceeded to take his man on, before whipping the ball over at pace, his shot come cross eluded everyone including the Arsenal keeper, as the ball sailed high into the top corner 3.0 Ormer. Alex Roussel then set up Ben Stevens who toe poked the ball straight into the keeper’s chest. It was then Drillot’s turn to set up Stevens, who this time drilled the ball at pace, but the keeper was in the right place to smother the ball.
The final quarter probably proved why Arsenal went very defensive in the first three quarters, as they came out attacking in the last, trying to salvage something, only to get their fingers burnt from Ormers array of free flow attacking flair, that Arsenal had no answer. The first warning shot was from Stevens who had the keeper at full stretch to push the ball around the post. Then Steven’s went to strike the ball across his body, only to miss-kick into the path of Barnaby Taylor, who showed great composure to ram home from close range 4.0 Ormer. The Ormers were really in the mood to stamp their authority on the game, as the shackles came off. The Arsenal keeper had time to pick a pass, but made a complete hash of it and passed the ball to Steven’s who was standing right in front of him, it was no surprise to see Steven’s punish the mistake, as he passed the ball past the helpless keeper 5.0 Ormer. There was some great work from Adams who blast past his marker to put a lovely ball across the box where Drillot was on hand to get his second of the match with a low strike past the keeper 6.0 Ormer. There was no coming back for Arsenal, who were getting over run all over the pitch, as Ormer looked to carve them open at will and the tiring Arsenal team who had given their all, were now running on empty. The next goal arrived as Domaille broke clear on the right hand side, he passed the ball into the feet of Tough, who took one touch and bent the ball to the far post, the outstretched keeper could not stop the ball from hitting the inside of the post and into the net 7.0 Ormer. The trio of Jack Hamon, Jamie Smith and Josh Duddy stayed switched on throughout the match and made sure nothing was ever going to come from Arsenal’s limited attack. There was still time left for Adams to break free of any attention from Arsenal and set up Roussel to seal a fine team Performance, as he smashed home from close range and put Arsenal out of the misery 8.0 Ormer. This win made sure of a top eight finish in the fifty one team league cup table and cemented their place in the last 16 of the cup. This win also means that the Ormer boys will join some big name teams in the next round and they do not have to go through the two legged play-offs to progress. If Ormer can win their last league cup match against Oxford City, a team they beat 4.1 early in the season, they are guaranteed a top two finish, with a 100% league cup record, which only Kidderminster Harriers can match.