Ormer FC have given themselves every chance of a top eight league placing, which would allow them the opportunity of entering an end of season shoot-out and the possibility of being crowned The Junior Premier League Champions. The young Guernsey boys knew only a win over Arsenal Hampshire would give them any realistic hope. However they will also need results to go their way over the coming weeks as other team battle it out but with some of the league’s top teams playing each other, the hope and excitement still lingers.
Ormer started their latest league match in slow fashion and struggled to find their usual fast tempo of passing. This was making for a scrappy first quarter as both teams could not assert themselves on the other, both also gave the ball away far too easy and chances were few and far between.
Finley Du Port did manage to break the deadlock, but even the goal summed up the quarter, as his goal bound effort took a deflection and wrong footed George Newman in the Arsenal goal, the ball nestled into the far corner to give Ormer a 1.0 lead. Joe Adams did come up with a rare bit of magic in the quarter, but Newman managed to push his fierce first time shot onto his crossbar and out for a corner. The resulting corner almost came to something, as Harry Tough pulled a lovely ball back to Alex Roussel, but his shot did not match Tough’s pass, as the ball went high over the bar, this brought a dull quarter to a close.
The second quarter saw Ormer pick up the pace and in general started to dominate the match. Adams skipped through the heart of the Arsenal midfield and played an exquisite ball into the feet of Ben Stevens, who took one touch and tried to bend the ball into the far corner, it went inches wide to Newman’s relief. After his near miss, Stevens then played a fantastic through ball of his own and into the path of Keene Domaille, who took the ball in his stride before despatching past the outrushing keeper in fine style, 2.0 Ormer.
The same combination were soon to get Ormers third, but this time Domaille would turn provider for Stevens, the forward thinking Domaille beat his man down the left wing, before picking out Stevens great run into the box, Stevens toe-poked first time past the stranded Newman and put Ormer into a comfortable looking 3.0 lead.
Arsenal hit back before the quarter was out, as Ormer were totally caught out with a long ball over the top. Isaac Ebejer played what looked like a clearance out of the Arsenal defence, but as the ball went over the Ormer backline, the only player to react to this was the quick thinking Harry White, he raced onto the bouncing ball and smashed it past Ormer keeper Jack Hamon who could do nothing, 3.1 Ormer.
A good run from off the wing by Josh Duddy at the start of quarter three, caused Arsenal problems as a number of defenders were drawn to the ball by his run. Duddy reversed the ball into Roussel who drilled a shot from distance, Newman dived full stretch and managed to palm the ball to safety. The next goal did arrive for the dominant Ormers, as Adams burst through another clutch of tackles to set up Roussel, who fired with deadly accuracy across Newman and into the bulging net, 4.1 Ormers.
The lively Roussel was soon to grab his second of the quarter after fine work from Domaille, with more direct running, Domaille opened up Arsenal at will and rolled the ball to Roussel, who calmly side footed past Newman again with ease, 5.1 Ormer.
The final quarter was all one way traffic as Ormer were really in the mood to show off their passing game. There were efforts on the Arsenal goal from Duddy, Stevens and Adams, before a brilliant double save by Newman from Domaille and Duddy again. The final goal of the game came from the boot of Archie Drillot. It came courtesy of Domaille’s third assist of the match, another fine ball into Drillot’s feet, before he smashed across the ball and high into the roof of the net, 6.1 Ormer.
This result will go a long way to Ormers pursuit of a top eight finish, with the focus now moving very much towards The Junior Premier League Cup semi final match against West Bromwich Albion Colts on 30th April.