Soccer Schools UK Hampshire hosted Ormer at Perins School and Community Sports College in Alresford Hampshire. The game was being played on Soccer Schools 3G pitch, on a dry bitterly cold winters afternoon. Ormer started quite brightly and started to spray the ball around in the early stages of the match, Soccer Schools UK pressed Ormer at every opportunity and tried to knock them of their stride.
Ben Stevens was the first player from either side to muster an effort on goal, but Soccer Schools keeper George Newman dived and held the ball with ease. Midway through the first quarter Ormer made the break through. Keene Domaille brushed aside the tight attentions of the right back, before steaming in on goal, Finley Du Port showed great support play for Domaille, who side footed to Du Port, who in turn swept the ball home from close range, 1.0 Ormer.
Josh Duddy got robbed of the ball out wide by Leon Baker-Neto, who then showed a touch of class as he ghosted into the Ormer area, as Baker-Neto was just about to pull the trigger, Harry Tough came to Ormers rescue with an outstanding sliding block.
Domaille tried to curl a shot to the far post and Newman could only watch on his goal-line, as the ball cannoned off the outside of far post. Just as the quarter came to an end Du Port set up Domaille, this time Newman pulled off another good save.
The second quarter was not very old when Baker-Neto went on a mazy run at the Ormer defence, before putting a defence splitting ball into Harry White, he let the ball roll across his body, before having a poke at goal and luckily for Ormer, it went high and wide. Domaille then set up a chance for Brandon Wallace and like White’s chance before him, he also fired high and wide.
The match was becoming a little scrappy, as Ormer could not get any pace going to their passing game and at times were looking lacklustre. This was encouraging Soccer Schools to push more men forward and they almost got some instant reward. Isaac Ebejer showed some explosive pace down the left hand side, as he cut inside his shot went inches past Ormer keeper Jack Hamon’s post.
Ormer did manage to bundle in another goal before half time, again it came from the same combination as the first. Domaille powered his way to the by-line, before he cut the ball back to Du Port, he took a first time shot, but scuffed it, which somehow caused Newman a problem and went into the bottom corner, Ormer 2.0 H/T.
Soccer Schools never gave up on their hard work ethic and continually forced Ormer into making mistakes. There was only a couple of chances created in a very tight quarter three and they all went to Ormer. The first of those were set up by Joe Adams, as he teed-up Domaille, but again his shot was well saved by the impressive Newman. The Domaille-Newman duel went on, as Domaille fired across the keeper, this time Newman’s strong hand pushed the ball around the post to safety.
Arian Akrami and Reading trialist Toby Neville were marshalling Soccer Schools back line well, which started to give their side real confidence as the game entered the last quarter. The Ormer goal would come under early pressure in quarter four, as Hamon pulled of a great save, which then turned into a goalmouth scramble, but somehow, they managed to clear their lines.
Soccer Schools would then be awarded a free kick about twenty-five yards out, the ball would be bent into the far post. The physical frame of Neville rose high and headed the ball against Ormers post, agonising for Soccer Schools, the follow up would also clatter against the foot of the post, massive let off for the Guernsey boys.
Ormer nearly caught their Hampshire opponents napping, as Alex Roussel sent Domaille clear and on one of his trademark runs, his shot was again saved by an inspired Newman. Baker-Neto was to outsmart Jamie Smith in the Ormer box, as a tangle in the area, resulted in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Baker-Neto dusted himself off and sent Hamon the wrong way, as he passed the ball into the bottom left hand corner, 2.1 Ormer.
The last five minutes was end to end, as Soccer Schools went in search of an equaliser. It was not to be a fairy tale ending for the Hampshire outfit, as Ormers never-say-die attitude was in evidence once again. There was a great clash in the far corner between Domaille and Neville, but it was Domaille who came away with the ball, he unselfishly looked up and rolled the ball to Ben Stevens, who wasted no time at all and smashed the ball past Newman with ease, 3.1 Ormer. The final whistle would blow and bring a well-earned Christmas break for the Guernsey lads.