With nothing to lose, Alderney did start the second half with a very slightly less defensive mindset, but still never looked like scoring, and they held out until the 70th minute, when Karl Hinds planted a header into the net from close range following a perfect cross from the left from close range, and they almost made it five within two minutes when, following a good drive into the box and pass along the area, the ball was smashed off the underside of the bar. Alderney's defending became ever more tired and eleven minutes from time, they had Jacob Olivier was shown a second yellow card for a horrible swipe-lunge. That foul was punished two fold when the resultant free kick was curled from the right of the penalty area, through a gaggle of players and into the far bottom corner of the net by Jack Cannon, and within a minute, Jersey scored their sixth, when some quick incisive passing found Cav Miley through on goal and although his first touch seemed to take the ball too close towards the keeper, he still managed to toe-poke the ball into the net.
So, a convincing opening to Jersey's campaign, and although their next game, against the Western Isles, promised to be a similarly straightforward, after they lost 0-9 to the Isle of Man today, the final game of the group promises to be the decider for who claims the one semi-final berth from the group, against the Isle of Man.
In the subsequent games, as expected, Jersey beat the Western Isles (3-0) and Alderney lost heavily to Isle of Man (0-7), setting up a winner takes all final group game decider for who would qualify for the semi-finals. Somewhat surprisingly, Isle of Man won 2-1, to leave Jersey with a play-off decider against Ynys Mon, which they won 1-0 to finish seventh overall - not quite what Jersey had in mind leading up to the football tournament. Alderney lost their 15th/16th positional play-off decider 1-5 to Hitra, to be confirmed as finishing bottom of the 16 participating islands.
Video highlights of the goals can be viewed within the following link