Ormer FC travelled away to National League South outfit Dartford FC, in the latest round of Junior Premier League football. The Guernsey lads played The Darts academy side at Princes Park Stadium on their new lush 4G pitch. On a gorgeous sunny afternoon in Kent, where conditions were nigh on perfect for football, the Ormers went in search of another three league points.
The first quarter of the match was a very tentative affair, with both sides trying to play football in the other’s half. Ormer were first to get a sight at goal, as Ben Stevens blasted down the right wing with loads of attacking intent and pulled a quality ball back for Finley Du Port, who took the shot first time, to which Roman Hall in the Dartford goal pulled off a superb save and tipped the ball onto the crossbar.
The direct running of Stevens almost paid off again, as he skipped past his man and made himself an opening, unfortunately he lost his balance at the last minute and fired into the side netting. It was Ormer who was creating the opportunities on goal and the next was not far away. Brandon Wallace popped over an inch perfect cross for Keene Domaille to head between two Darts defenders, his close range header crashed off the crossbar for a second time and that brought the quarter to an end (0.0).
Quarter two would be a much more open contest, with both teams creating chances. Domaille held the ball up, before sliding a through ball into Stevens, he hit a low drive, which was well saved by the impressive Hall. Dartford’s Bradley Ihionvien was sent clear of the Ormer defence by the Darts playmaker Sonny Lee Fenwick, the powerful winger only had Ormer keeper Jack Hamon to beat, as Hamon closed the angles down, Ihionvien pulled his shot badly wide of the far post.
Domaille and Stevens combined well together, only this time Domaille had Hall pulling off a one-handed save and a Stevens follow up was well blocked by Youcef Guemar on the line. Dartford keeper Hall was having a personal dual against the Ormer attackers and Wallace was unlucky not to score with two quick fire efforts, the first was tipped over the bar and the second pushed around the post. It was quite obvious that it was going to take something pretty special to beat the inspired Hall in the Darts goal and that is what followed from the boot of Stevens.
Joe Adams was pulling the strings in Ormers midfield and it was from one of his driving runs that would set up Stevens. Adams beat two midfielders with a couple of quick turns, before passing to Stevens 20 yards out, one touch away from his body and he hit a thunderous shot the bulged the back of the net, Hall had no chance and Ormer took a well-earned lead, 1.0 Ormer.
Dartford should have equalised just before half time, as Ihionvien nudged the ball through to Freddie Methoxha, as Hamon came off his line to close him down, Methoxha tried to chip the keeper, but Hamon had other ideas and saved well with a strong arm before gathering the ball into his chest. The half time whistle went with Ormer taking a one goal lead into the break.
Dartford started quarter three on the front foot and asked a question of Hamon in Ormers goal. Methoxha cut inside the Ormer defenders and swiftly hit a low shot that was heading into the far corner, Hamon sprung down to his left hand side and pushed the ball around the post and it was another fine piece of assured goal keeping from the ever reliable Hamon. The next goal was forth coming and it was a goal that would see Ormer open up a comfortable cushion. Du Port held the ball up well, before turning and pulling the ball back to Wallace. He only had one thing on his mind after receiving the ball and from all of 20 yards out, he un-leashed another wonder strike, that arrowed into the top far corner, 2.0 Ormer.
There was almost an immediate response from Dartford’s Lee Fenwick as he shot through a crowded Ormer area, Hamon saw the ball late, but still got down quick to again push around the post to avoided the danger. Brandon Weysom went on a mazy run, before sending the ball into the Darts 6 yard box, both Du Port and Stevens were inches away from toe ending the ball into the goal.
The final quarter would see Dartford come under a barrage of Ormer attacks, as the Guernsey boys started to move the ball around at will. Domaille found time and space for a towering header, only the direction let Dartford off the hook. Wallace sent over another well measured cross, which Adams climbed between two Darts defenders, to head home from close range, 3.0 Ormer.
Hall was still keeping the score down and you could see why he has had recent trails for both Charlton and Millwall, as again he denied both Stevens and Adams. The fourth goal of the match just summed up everything good about this Ormer side, as a brilliant team goal of one and two touch passing was a joy to watch. The combination of Adams, Du Port, Domaille, and Stevens cut through Dartford as if they were not there, the final pass from Adams would pick out Stevens who side footed through the keepers legs, 4.0 Ormer.
Domaille would get on the score sheet, as he held off his marker with great strength, before smashing the ball high over Hall and into the roof of the net, 5.0 Ormer. Dartford never gave up and really wanted to get on the score sheet themselves, Ihionvien cut in off the left hand side and drilled a shot low at the near post, again Hamon had his positioning spot on as he saved with his legs. This brought the game to an end as the full time whistle blow. This win leaves Ormer still needing four points from their remaining three league matches, two of which are against main rivals AFC Bournemouth and The Dorset Regional Talent Centre. Next up for the Guernsey lads is The Junior Premier League Cup Semi Final against Hereford FC on 18th March.