Ormer FC welcomed Portsmouth ITC to Queen Mary School on a beautiful day for a highly entertaining JPL league top of the table encounter. Both sides started brightly. However it was the Ormers who enjoyed the lions share of possession moving the ball freely across their backline and into midfield looking to create an opening further up the field. . To their credit Pompey ITC were highly disciplined in their approach and maintained their shape to limit the Ormers opportunities.
It was Pompey who fashioned the first chance, albeit via a mistake from the Ormer rear guard. A cross field pass alluded the Ormer defence and fell to the pacey right winger who rushed the opportunity and dragged his shot wide of Hamon’s far post. Just after, the Ormers fashioned their first clear opportunity which fell to Domaille. His first time turn and shot was well saved by Mees in the Pompey goal.
It wasn't long before the first goal did arrive and it came from a corner for Pompey. The ball was floated to the far post and found Smith racing into the space to volley home in some style. After enjoying the majority of the possession the Ormers found themselves behind. There was still time in the quarter for the Ormer midfield to create chances for Stevens and Domaille to claw back the deficit, but a combination of sound defending and difficult half chances came to nothing The quarter ended Ormer FC 0 Pompey ITC 1
The second quarter period started very much like the first with Pompey holding their defensive shape and trying to release the speedy Humphries on the counter attack. Midway through the period the Ormers finally got on the score sheet with a goal straight from the training ground. As Wallace stepped up to whip in a corner from the left fantastic off the ball movement in the area allowed the late arriving Domaille the time to pick a left foot volley which was superbly blocked by a Pompey defender. However Adams was first to react to the loose ball and forced the ball home.
The Ormers were were now beginning to find their stride and constructed chances for Stevens, Tough and Domaille, the last arrived courtesy of a fine reverse through ball from Adams which found Domaille in space on the left, but once again he was denied by the impressive Mees who completed his save at full stretch. The Ormers almost extended their lead with another corner routine which found the head of Tough at the far post, but his finish was just wide. A combination of fantastic goal keeping, great defending and a lack of composure from the Ormer forwards ensured the both teams went into the break at 1-1.
Quarter 3 saw the game shift up a few gears as both teams battled for supremacy. Once again the Ormers created numerous opportunities but found Mees in the Pompey goal a difficult man to pass. When they eventually did it came as a result of a great flowing team move, the ball being shifted to Domaille who showed great strength and composure to hold the ball up and lay off for Roussel to find the top of the net from the edge of the area giving Mees no chance to intervene this time.
The Pompey boys showed their class by battling their way back into the game and creating their own chances with an impressive passing game. On a number of occasions the through ball played into the Ormer’s final third lacked the quality to break down the Ormer back line. However the one time they did do so, it was Archie Drillot covering from left back who produced an outstanding last ditch tackle to deny Josh Hughes the leveller. The period ended Ormers 2 Pompey ITC 1.
The final quarter saw both tired teams slug it out with some fantastic free flowing passing moves from both sides. Ormers finally gave themselves some breathing space with a well worked team goal, with multiple touches from a number of players culminating in a cross from Domaille which was tapped in at the far post by Stevens.
Not to be denied Pompey came rattling back at the Ormers and showed they were still a force to be reckoned with by forcing their way back into the game late on. In many ways the Ormers were complicit in opening the door to a possible revival for the opposition. The momentum of a Pompey attack looked to have been checked as Warwood chased a ball to the far side of the penalty area and with his back to goal seemed to be in a non-threatening position. However in his desire to win the ball, Harry Tough’s challenge saw Warwood dumped to the floor giving the referee little option but to point to the spot. The resultant spot kick which was coolly converted by William Hall giving Hamon little chance as the ball fizzed into the bottom corner. Ormers 3 Pompey 2.
Pompey sensed they could claim a vital point in this pulsating encounter and poured players forward in an attempt to claim a share of the spoils. However the Ormers finally put the game to bed. This time Stevens broke clear on the right and his pinpoint pass was converted by Domaille to give a final score of Ormer FC 4 Pompey ITC 2. A fantastic game of football from both teams and a further 3 points for the Ormers to take them closer to the end of season play-offs.