Gritty Dorset Fight Back To Share The Spoils


Dorset Regional Talent Centre shocked Ormer, as they came back from a two goal deficit at half time and in fairness, were very unlucky not to come away with all three. On a day which was perfect conditions for football, but still bitterly cold, Dorset showed great fighting qualities to earn well deserved draw.

Quarter one got under way and it was the boys from Dorset who had Ormer on the back foot, from the very first whistle. After some brilliant right sided wing play from Zak Rands, he curled a quality ball into the heart of Ormers area, where Joe Smith managed to get between two Ormer defenders, but headed just over the bar from close range. The next chance of the match would again fall to Dorset, but again they let Ormer of the hook. This time it was a sweet strike from the boot of Jack Foden, the ball whizzed past the far post, although it looked like Ormer keeper Jack Hamon would have saved it, had it been on target.

Totally against the run of play, Ormer would take the lead through their go to man Keene Domaille. Brandon Wallace sent an inch perfect ball through to Domaille, he held of a couple of Dorset defenders, before entering the area and firing across Dorset’s keeper Charlie Barret, 1.0 Ormer. Probably feeling a little bit aggrieved to be finding themselves a goal down after their bright start, it got even worse.

Ormer would score again and this was almost a carbon copy of the first. A long clearance from Harry Tough fell kindly to Domaille, but this time he showed fantastic upper body strength to fend off a defender, before striding clear of the Dorset defence and coolly finishing again across Barret with ease (2.0 Ormer). This would bring the quarter to a close and one Dorset would find hard to swallow after their fine play, without reward.

The second quarter would be a very even contest with both sides creating chances. Ben Stevens would pick out Domaille, who snatched at a half chance, but the ball went wide of second quarter keeper Lucas Barringer’s post. Dorset would try their luck from distance, as Ethan Groves cut across the ball well, Hamon dived down low to his right and held the ball for Ormer. Stevens would chase down a loose ball and forced a defence error out of Dorset, he took an early snap shot, but the alert Barringer pulled off a good save and in the process kept his team in the game. Ormer would finish the half slightly on top and created one more good chance before half time. The ball was flicked on by Alex Roussel to Wallace, who took a few touches and hit a low strike, again Barringer was equal to the shot and saved with ease.

Whatever the Dorset coaches said at half time to their team, seemed to work, as they came out with bundles of determination, fight and passion. Ormers were put on the back foot, as Dorset started to create chances. The first of those fell to Christie Ward who lined up a long range free kick, but his connection was not quite right, as the ball sailed high over Hamon’s bar. Jamie Smith had to be on is toe’s for Ormer, as livewire Joe Smith had the goal at his mercy, only for Ormer’s Smith to get a last ditch tackle in and keep Dorset at bay.

The waves of attack kept coming at Ormer, as Dorset had the wind in their sails. Dorset’s Smith was at it again and was becoming a thorn in Ormer’s side, as he flashed another effort at Hamon’s goal, this time Hamon grabbed the ball and pulled it into his chest, to give Ormer a bit of rest bite. Jordan Foot was having a really impressive game at the heart of the Dorset defence and was filling his team full of confidence, with his leadership and performance.

Another free kick taken by Ward, this time he floated it into the far post, but everyone watched as it flew out of play at the far post. Ormer’s Tough put’s in a quality tackle to prevent Smith getting his name on the score sheet. Ormer did create a chance as Joe Adams passed the ball to Finley Du Port who flicked it into the path of Domaille, he cracked the ball goal wards, to which Barret pulled of a great save and stopped Ormer scoring in their only attack of the quarter.

There was still time in the quarter for Dorset to get one back and it was not for the want of trying. The ball was swung into the far post of Ormer’s area and just when it seemed like Jamie Luther was about to score, he just took his eye off the ball at the last minute, which again somehow let Ormer off, again. Dorset would come into the last quarter probably wondering how they were still 2.0 down, after an already impressive team performance.

Not to be disheartened by this, they came out with belief and a performance to match. The best player on the pitch Jordan Foot, played a long ball out of defence, which caught everyone cold in the Ormer backline, after the ball bounced over everyone, the quick thinking Joshua Erskine outran Ormer’s Smith, before slipping it past Hamon in fine style (2.1) and got Dorset deservedly back in the game. The game was to turn on its head within a couple of minutes, as Dorset would get a quick fire equaliser. After a couple of miss-timed tackles in the Ormer area, Erskine was on hand to ram the ball home from close range (2.2).

The game only had a few minutes left, but you sensed if there was to be a winner, it would only come from the pumped up Dorset team. The final whistle blow to jubilant Dorset player’s cheers, as the comeback was complete. Dorset will be happy with their well-earned point, but were very unlucky not to be going home with all three, that their performance warranted.


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