If winning The Junior Premier League Southern Regional Division One League and in the process setting themselves up for an end of season title shoot-out was not impressive enough, Ormer FC achieved this feat in front of one of England’s greatest ever players in Paul Gascoigne. The ex-England player came down to The Dorset FA County Ground to watch a close friend’s son play against the Guernsey lads and afterwards commented on what an excellent footballing team Ormer were and how much he enjoyed watching them play.
The Ormer lads were at their very best in quarter one against the Dorset Regional Talent Centre and after 20 minutes of quality interchanging pass and move football the game was all but over. The game started at an explosive pace as Ormer were on it from the start and within two minutes found themselves in front from the boot of Ben Stevens. A ball was pinged into the feet of Finley Du Port who held the ball up well under pressure, before he passed the ball sideways to Stevens, without breaking stride he pulled the trigger and gave Lucas Barringer no chance in the Dorset goal, 1.0 Ormer.
The second goal came straight off the Ormer training ground a minute later as Dorset were being pulled all over the pitch in the early exchanges. Brandon Wallace set up for a corner kick that he drilled low into the near post. The run of Keene Domaille was merely a decoy for the second runner, Joe Adams who cut across the ball with precision and hit a fine looping shot that found the far top corner of Barringer’s goal, 2.0 Ormer.
With a rampant Ormer showing no sign of letting up, this would spell more trouble for the Dorset boys who just had no answers to the array of attacking intent being shown from the Islanders. Wallace was causing more problems on the left wing with his direct running style, soon this would pay dividends as his whipped in ball found Domaille in the Dorset penalty box and he guided the ball into the bottom corner of the net with ease, 3.0 Ormer.
Things would go from bad to worse for the Dorset boys before the quarter was out, as Adams came up with a piece of individual brilliance and get his second of the match. Adams picked the ball up in his own half before driving over the half way line and right through the heart of the Dorset midfield, he left three players trailing in his wake as he let fly from 20 yards out. Barringer dived full stretch but his fingertips could not stop the ball from hitting the roof of the net, 4.0 Ormer.
There was still time in the quarter for Domaille to have a shot cleared of the line by covering defender Jack Foden and a rare chance for Dorset’s playmaker Charlie Hartnell who tested Ormer keeper Jack Hamon from distance, Hamon took the sting out the shot and gathered the ball into his chest with ease. The Ormer coaching team would have been delighted with what they had just witnessed as it was a truly incredible team performance as you could ask for, both with the quality of football and the movement in and out of possession.
The second quarter was always going to be a different proposition with the score like it was and a more determined Dorset side would battle for every ball. There were only two chances of any note in the quarter and each team would have a sight of goal. Barney Taylor was set up by Domaille who cut in off the left-hand side before pulling the ball back to the far post, Taylor went for power over direction and smashed the ball just over the bar. Then Dorset would get their best chance of the match yet as Zak Rands came onto a through ball which split the Ormer defence in half, he controlled the ball well before hitting a low shot with pace and power, again Hamon was down well to avoid the danger.
Into the third quarter which again would turn into a tight affair but with Ormer bossing the possession stat’s. Dorset worked hard for each other and again let Ormer know they would have to work for everything themselves if they wanted to extend their lead further. There would eventually be only one goal in this quarter and it went to Ormer courtesy of a little bit of fortune. There would be no luck in the goal itself just the way the ball broke to goal scorer Stevens. Domaille could have passed to Stevens first time but instead tried to shoot himself, only a great tackle from Joe Smith blocked the shot which went straight to the feet of Stevens, he needed no second invitation and passed the ball into the net and past Barringer, 5.0 Ormer.
The final quarter would see the pace of the game catch up with Dorset as Ormer’s passing game had taken its toll on the hard-working host. This saw Ormer create a few more chances and add to their goal tally. Wallace would get his second assist of the afternoon as he sent Domaille away. With work to do Domaille went between two Dorset defenders, held them off with strength and power before curling the ball past the outstretched arm of sub keeper Charlie Barrett, 6.0 Ormer.
The Ormer boys sensed an opportunity to add to their tally and they went about it in the correct fashion utilising their footballing style to great effect. Domaille would be a thorn in Dorset’s side all afternoon and it was more great work on the right from him that Stevens would grab his hat-trick. The marauding Domaille skipped past his man to the by-line and pulled back the perfect ball to Stevens to ram home from close range, 7.0 Ormer. Taylor had a couple of great chances to get himself on the score sheet in quick succession, but just lacked composure in front of goal after some fine movement in the Dorset area.
The final goal of the game would arrive and it would be another hat-trick this time for the impressive Domaille. Du Port picked the ball up on the right-hand side and delivered the ball straight into Domaille’s feet on the edge of the Dorset area. Domaille turned his man before riffling a shot from 18 yards out, the goal looked even better as the ball smashed the underside of the bar before hitting the net, 8.0 Ormer.
This result confirmed that Ormer had won The Junior Premier League Southern Regional Division One, which now books their place in the end of season shoot-out with all the other regional league winners and in with a chance a becoming The Junior Premier League Champions 2017. Ormer are also the first team to win a regional league this season , as all other leagues are yet to be decided.