Ormer FC U12’s entertained North AC for a fine morning of football at the College Field. Persistent rain over the last few days made for a heavy pitch, but thankfully the rain stayed away during the game much to the relief of the healthy crowd.
Despite the conditions the pitch held up well and enabled the Ormers to showcase their brand of football. The combination of a slippery surface and the relentless pace of the game ensured the opening exchanges were rather frantic as both teams tried to gain the ascendency. However it was the Ormers who settled into their rhythm and began to move the ball around the pitch, utilising excellent combinations to out manoeuvre their opponents.
From one of these sweeping moves a number of Ormer players combined to create an opening for Alex Rihoy to finish in some style past the despairing dive of the North keeper. Prior to that the North keeper had shown excellent handling in the tricky conditions, but there was little he could do about the opener.
As the quarter moved to an end it was the Ormers who extended their lead. This time the ball was moved quickly up-field and played into the North penalty area. An Ormer player didn’t seem to be in a threatening position in the far corner of the area, but the enthusiasm of a recovering North player resulted in an outstretched foot which brought the Ormer player crashing to the floor. The resultant spot kick was expertly dispatched by birthday boy Corey. An excellent quarter football came to an end with the boys in blue leading 2-0.
The Ormers continued to play some excellent football as the squad was rotated and players adapted to different positions. Despite the changes the Ormers brought everything they have practiced on the training ground to the game and scored two further goal before half time from Alex Rihoy. One of the really pleasing aspects of the game was that the Ormer attacks and possession of the ball often started from the back, particularly from the feet of Ormer keeper, Ethan McCloskey who showed admirable calmness throughout.
The second half continued in very much the same vein with Ormer dominating the possession. Despite this the North players showed admirable fortitude and gamely stuck to their task, but were repeatedly on the back foot. Further goals from Harry Tester, George Goubert and Casey ensured the Ormers ran out worthy winners.
There was still time late on for a second penalty to be awarded to the Ormers, however crashed his shot off the outside of the post and away to safety. As the game wound down to its conclusion, North had a great opportunity to grab a consolation with a great strike on gaol, but were thwarted by a finger-tip save from Ethan.
From an overall coaching perspective it was fantastic to see the boys show their adaptability, by playing a variety of different positions but at the same time trying to maintain the highest quality in individual and team possession of the ball. Equally impressive was the desire of the boys to win the ball back when out of possession.
We would like to express our gratitude to the players of North and to the North coaches for giving up their time on a Sunday morning. We eagerly look forward to a return fixture at the Northfield in the new-year.