Ormer FC had to come back twice in normal time, to book their place in the Quarter Finals of The Junior Premier League Cup, with an extra time winner. This was the clubs biggest game to date, as they took on professional league two academy side Mansfield Town. This was always going to be a tough competitive match, as both teams recent good league form would suggest. The match was played at a neutral venue, which was to be Beversbrook Sports Facility in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, the game conditions were difficult with a heavy pitch and biting cold winds.
Ormer were to show their footballing intent from the very first whistle, as they went about their pass and move style in the early stages. The first real chance of the game was to be a goal and not from the team everyone was expecting. The Ormers were to get caught on a quick Mansfield counter attack, as the left winger burst onto a good through ball and played in a delightful low cross into Ormers goal mouth. Archie Drillot went to clear under pressure from two Mansfield attacking players, but sliced his clearance into the top corner of his own net and in the process gave Ormer keeper Jack Hamon no chance and Mansfield a 1.0 lead.
Ormer continued with their footballing approach and it almost paid dividends with a sweeping move, as Hamon rolled the ball out to Drilliot, who passed inside to Joe Adams, his quick turn and pass sent Brandon Wallace down the left flank, he drove past his man and pulled the ball back to Adams, whose side footed shot was saved by Mansfield’s keeper Nathan Roberts and cleared to safety. Mansfield were to match Ormers slick passing with a fantastic move of their own, starting across their own back line and playing a succession of inter changing passes, they managed to work the ball to the edge of Ormers box, before just firing wide of the far post. Adams then created a bit of space for himself, but did not trouble the keeper as he fired high and wide of the goal.
Ormer were having a lot more possession than Mansfield and it was from another continued passing team move that Adams got a shot off, this time easily held by Roberts. Alex Roussel was to chance his luck from distance, which again never troubled Roberts in the Mansfield goal. Finley Du Port chased down the centre back into the corner, before he played the ball back to his keeper, Du Port kept up the chase and closed down Roberts, after a first touch, Du Port robbed him of the ball, with the presence of a defender, Du Port set himself and stroked home to level up the match at 1.1. The Mansfield boys playing in their traditional Yellow kit, did not sit back and tried to go in search of another goal, they moved the ball through the Ormers midfield before hitting a snap shot wide of the far post. Harry Tough played a back pass to Hamon, who had loads of time to think where he was going to pass it, in a moment of panic Hamon passed the ball into the middle of the pitch, to which there was no Ormer Player, only Luke Stanley, who controlled first time, before hitting a lovely high shot back over Hamon from about twenty yards out, 2.1 Mansfield.
Keene Domaille then set up Adams, who worked the ball between a couple of defenders, Roberts managed to save well with his feet, to keep Mansfield ahead. Wallace sent in a looping high ball, which Roberts got a fist on and his defenders managed to clear their lines and keep Ormer at bay once again. Roussel went on a mazy run through the Mansfield midfield, before firing wide of the Roberts goal. Tough was also to get in on the act, as he worked himself a great shooting opportunity, again like Roussel before him, inches wide to a relieved Roberts, this brought the half to a close and Mansfield went into the break 2.1 to the good.
After battling a strong head wind in the first half, the Ormers were certainly going to come out with all guns blazing and with the wind for assistants. Josh Duddy was brought down just outside the Mansfield box, Adams set up for the free kick, but had a yellow three man wall in front of him, Adams composed himself and used the wind to his favour, as he curled the ball straight into the top near side corner. This brought the match all level again at 2.2 and Ormer sensed this could be the turning point in the match. Jamie Smith was marshalling the Ormer defence with distinction and made sure no mistakes were going to happen. Barney Taylor sent in cross of the match, as he got to the by-line, he whipped over a pin point cross right under Mansfield’s bar, Adams just could not quite get over the top of it and headed just over. It was from the boot of Roussel who again brought out a save in Roberts, who palmed the ball into the air before gathering. There was a break away from which Mansfield’s forward Alex Johnson got himself free of the Ormer defence, but when he got into a good shooting position, he pulled his shot wide. Mansfield kept on trying to counter attack and had another great chance, this time Hamon was equal to it, as he got down to his right hand side and pushed the ball around the post.
Adams had the chance of an identical free kick, to which he had already scored, he went the same way, only this time Roberts dived and saved well. The full time whistle brought this entertaining game to an end and it was onto extra time. The only real talking point of the first half of extra time, was Adams getting brought down in the penalty area, but the ref waved away any intentions. The second period was the one that put Ormer through with a penalty shootout looming.
Wallace put Adams through, who just got a toe end on the ball, that went through the outrushing Roberts legs to put Ormer in front for the first time in the match. The Final whistle sounded for the end of this cup match and now means that Ormer FC goes on to play another quality side in Rushden and Diamonds in the Quarter Finals, the game is to be played on Saturday 26th March. Ormer FC had the privilege of being The Junior Premier Leagues Game of the Week, which meant this cup match being filmed, if anyone is interested in seeing the young Guernsey Ormers performance, than please go onto You Tube and type in Ormer FC V Mansfield.