Ormers Left To Rue Missed Opportunities

After the exertions of day one against Servette, Ormer FC found themselves up against the hosts, Southampton FC in their second group match. Both sides suffered opening day defeats, essentially leading to a straight elimination from the main competition for the defeated side.

Ormer started the game on the front foot and created numerous opportunities in the opening ten minutes. The Ormer midfield carved through the Southampton lines and created a chance for Alex Scott, whose first time shot agonisingly slipped past the far post with the keeper beaten. Ormer came even closer moments later when Reese Jackson could have scored on two occasions in quick

succession. In both case it was desperate defending by Southampton which prevented the Ormers from taking the lead, culminating in two goal line clearances.

The old cliché, “If you don’t take your chances, you get punished”, quickly raised its head. Within seconds of missing a glorious opportunity, Ormer found themselves on the back foot as Southampton quickly broke from a defensive situation and with their first attempt on goal took the lead. The Ormers will look back on the manner of the goal and be deeply disappointed by their inability to close the ball down quickly, allowing a shot to creep into the bottom corner.

The shock of conceding after being so dominant seemed to deflate the entire Ormer team who made heavy weather of setting their normal tempo. Unfortunately, the quality first touch, slick passing and movement quickly evaporated as confidence levels plummeted.

Thereafter the remainder of the half became a scrappy affair, with neither side creating clear cut opportunities. Just when it seemed that the Ormers would get to half time with just the one goal deficit, Southampton claimed a firm grip on the game with a second goal on the stroke of half time. Once again the Ormers will not be happy with the manner of the goal, as a serious of mistakes, gifted an opportunity for the Southampton striker who clinically finished.

The interval did very little to inspire greater energy in the Ormer play and they continued to gift possession to the opposition, which led to Southampton scoring three further goals. Ultimately this was one a poor display by Ormer FC, lacking their normal fizz, energy and drive. The exceptional exertions of the previous day against Servette may have been a contributing factor, but this will need to be rectified for the next game which is against the Nike European Club Champions, Dinamo Zagreb.

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