Ormer Fc faced Aldershot Town in the semi-final of the Southampton Cup Shield Competition on a beautiful warm summers afternoon at Southampton FC Staplewood campus. Awaiting the victors was a final appearance against the Kenyan National team who had earlier beaten Plymouth Argyle.
Despite good early possession Ormer FC gifted the lead to their opponents with a misplaced pass in midfield The wide left midfield play used his pace to outrun Alfie Bentley and deliver a telling cross to the back post which was nodded home by a stopping header from the centre-forward.
The early set back did very little to deter the Ormers who settled into their trademark pass and move football. On 10 minutes they found a way back into the game after a foul on Alex Roussel. The resultant free kick was taken by Harry Tough, who drilled in a precise cross to Alex Scott. A chested first touch allowed the ball to drop on to his right foot and the ball was dispatched to the bottom right corner.
The Ormers were now in full flow and quickly found another goal to take the lead. This time good build up play down the right hand side found Harvey Lihou in space. IN stad of whipping in a cross to the on rushing attackers he drove inside the full-back and entered the penalty area. A shift of the ball on to Reese Jackson, who had drifted between the two central defenders allowed him the time and space to finish in the bottom right hand corner.
The Ormers were now fully in control of the game and further extended their lead. A through ball from Corey Brouard found Joe Adams bursting into the Aldershot area. Showing great composure he rolled the ball into the path of the on –rushing Ben Stevens who finished with ease with a side footed shot to the centre of the goal. The Ormers continued to dominate the game and could have extended their lead but were thwarted by some wayward finishing.
Despite being in total control of the game, the Ormers once again allowed the opposition back in to the game early in the second half as once again a wayward pass, this time from Alex Roussel allowed an Aldershot player to attack the exposed central defender. Utilising a burst of pace the striker burst past Jamie Smith and released his strike partner who crashed a finish past the helpless Hamon.
It wasn’t long before the Ormers re-established their two goal cushion. This time Brandon Wallace found himself with time and space inside the Aldershot area. He wriggled free from the attention of his marker and found himself one-on-one with keeper. A swivel of the hips sent the keeper the wrong way. Unfortunately for Wallace the trailing legs of the keeper up-ended him sending him crashing to the turf. Immediately the referees whistle blew to indicate a penalty. Up stepped Alex Roussel who coolly dispatched the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Once again, despite having a firm grip on the game the Ormers gifted Aldershot a third lifeline into the game. Once again another miss-placed pass in a dangerous area of the Ormer half of the pitch was intercepted by an Aldershot player who gratefully accepted the gift and finished with ease.
The goal set up a grand stand finish with Aldershot striving to find an equaliser. To compound matters the Ormer players lost their discipline and focus with a succession of errant tackles as they strived to clear their lines. However Jack Hamon in the Ormer goal showed admirably handing under pressure to see out the final moments of the game.
Next up for Ormer Fc is the shield final which will be played at Blackfield & Langley football club on Friday evening at 7pm. The Ormers will look to create a little bit of Guernsey football history by being the first local side to play Kenya.