BC Saints first taste of Junior Premier League football was a real baptism of fire, as Ormer FC ran riot in their first league match of the season. The Saints who are a newly formed side, have never competed at this level before and really struggled to get to grips with Ormers pass and move football. To compound the Saints problems in their debut match, they were missing three of their top defenders and their keeper had to go off injured in quarter two.
The weather conditions were awful as the driving rain pounded down on Ormers new 3G home ground, Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke. Ormer started where they left off last season, all be it moving from 9-a-side to 11-a-side. The Guernsey boys came flying out the blocks and were 1.0 up in the first few minutes, Keene Domaille drove into the box, where he pulled back a delightful ball for Finley Du Port to slot home. Before the Saints could even react another goal was on the board, this time from Domaille himself, Saints gave away a free kick on the edge of their box, Domaille and Ormers usual free kick specialist Joe Adams stood over the ball, this time Domialle took the reasonability and curled the ball into the far corner ( 2.0 ).
There was a fantastic last ditch sliding tackle from Harry Tough, to stop a Saints striker going in on goal. The pressure came in waves from the near perfect Ormers and it was the rampant Domaille who got his second of the match, he raced past two defenders and as the keeper came out, Domaille chipped it over the keeper with ease ( 3.0 ). Things were not going to get any easier for the new boys, as Ormer were zipping the ball around at will. The ever impressive Domaille scored a quick fire hat-trick that Saints had no answer for, he rode a couple of challenges before bending the ball into the far corner ( 4.0 ).
Domaille came up with a brilliant piece of sportsmanship, as he went through on goal, he noticed the Saints keeper lying on the floor injured and instead of rolling the ball into an empty net, he stopped and put the ball out for a goal kick.
The end of this quarter could not come soon enough for Saints, as Adams teed up Alex Rousell who finished in fine style ( 5.0 ). The Saints did catch Ormer flat footed with a long ball over the top, Ollie Alkiviades held of both Jamie Smith and Archie Drillot, before sliding the ball past Jack Hamon ( 5.1 ). The game was virtually over as a contest, but Ormer kept playing the football they are associated for and played everything with pace and direction.
The next three quarters were very much the same as the first, as Ormer were a class above their opponents. Brandon Wallace set up Roussel, who out fought two Saints players, before converting well past the keeper ( 6.1 ). Domaille added another two, one a great individual effort, the other set up by Ben Stevens ( 8.1 ).
New Ormer signing Brandon Weysom got his first club assist, as he set up a goal for Stevens, who then scored his second after great work from Adams ( 10.1 ). The third quarter saw Wallace set up two goals through driving left wing runs and it was Roussel who got both with well-timed runs ( 12.1 ). Domaille then rolled a ball into the path of Du Port to tap home after good support play ( 13.1 ). The free running Wallace went on another one of his mazy runs, only this time he cut inside the last defender and fired across the keeper ( 14.1 ).
Ormer continued to do the right things in the last quarter and kept passing the ball around their opponents, although the Saints had been totally outclassed, they kept working hard and never gave up. The score was to get even worse for the Saints, as all that hard work and chasing was starting to take its toll. Du Port curled a lovely ball into Stevens, who showed a fantastic technique, with an exquisite chip over the keeper ( 15.1 ). It was then Du Port who got a poachers goal, Tough bulldozed his way through the Saints midfield, before unleashing a fizzing shot, that cannoned off the foot of the post, where Du Port followed up ( 16.1 ).
Stevens used his strength to float the ball into Adams stride, he took one touch and smashed a shot which the keeper managed to keep out, but there was no stopping Adams from the rebound ( 17.1 ). The direct running of Wallace got him his second goal of the match, he drove into the box and swept home at the keepers near post ( 18.1 ). Stevens finished of the scoring with a 25 yard strike, that the keeper should of held, but somehow ended up in the back of the net ( 19.1 ). The Saints will improve on this performance, but The Junior Premier League is a tough place to develop against high quality opposition. As for Ormer, it was an accomplished display of pass and move football, with loads of attacking intent, next up is Portsmouth next weekend.