Orient WFC Player Profiles 2016-17

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1 – Naomi Ogunde

Position: Goalkeeper

Keeper Naomi joined the O’s from Barking Ladies FC in the summer of 2015 after seven years with the Essex club. A brave and agile shot-stopper, she is comfortable with the ball at her feet having also played as striker in the past.

2 – Francesca Cagetti
Position: Defender

Italian centre-half Fran is a formidable defensive presence and her phenomenal top-level football experience includes seven years in Serie A in Italy, representing Sarzana C.F, Valdarno and Aglianese C.F – with whom she played in the Italian Cup final – as well as a season with Chelsea in the WPL National.  She continues to turn back the clock with commanding performances in the middle for the O’s having also previously represented KIKK United.
2015-16 Orient WFC Players’ Player of the Year

3 – Connie Montiel-McCann

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Full-back Connie is a converted midfielder and combines all-out effort, ferocious tackling and a canny passing eye. She is a graduate of the Leyton Orient Girls’ Centre of Excellence and played there from under-12s all the way through to under-16s as well as representing Orient’s reserves from the age of 14. She subsequently played for and captained the University of Hull, winning promotion to BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) second Northern Division in her final year as well as playing county football for East Riding. She joined the O’s in the 2012-2013 season.


4 – Kathryn Canavan

Position: Defender

Kathryn is a classy and accomplished defender who links play well from the back and gives the team an important added dimension with her fine driving runs forward. A former Northern Ireland youth international, she played for Institute LFC in Derry before university and then represented the University of East Anglia while studying for a degree in medicine. She joined the club in 2015.

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland under-17s, under-18s and under-19s.

5 – Danielle Griffiths
Position: Defender

Orient skipper Danni is an inspirational defender and the side’s dead ball specialist with her consistently dangerous deliveries accompanied by an impressive goal-scoring record from set-pieces. Danni is a graduate of the Colchester United Girls Centre of Excellence and made her first appearance for Colchester United Ladies aged 14. The club went on to win the South East Combination League and Cup double in 2006-2007, gaining promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League South. She played for them until university where she won three Blues for Cambridge University in the annual varsity match against Oxford. She joined the club in the 2013-2014 season.

2015-16 Orient WFC Coach’s Player of the Year

6 – Olympia Diamond
Position: Defender/Midfielder

Oly is the side’s longest serving player and a consistent driving force for the O’s. She captained Glen Ridge High School to the New Jersey Group I State Championship in 2001 and was recognised on the All-State, All-County and All-Conference Teams. At Earlham College she captained the Quakers from 2003-06 and was named to the All-NCAC Conference Team in 2004 and 2005. After graduation she stayed on at Earlham as an assistant coach and helped lead the team to the NCAC Tournament Championships. Oly joined KIKK United in 2011 and helped the team win promotion to the Premier Division of the London & South East Women’s Regional League in her first season.


7 – Lydia Cooper
Position: Midfielder

Midfielder Lydia first joined the Orient Girls’ Centre of Excellence at the age of nine and made her first appearance for the Orient Women’s team in the SE Combination at the age of 15. Between 2007 and 2010, as well as playing for Bangor University, she was part of the Caernarfon Town team that was League and Cup winners in 2008-2009 and won promotion into the Welsh Premier League. She also represented Wales at the 2008 British University Games. In 2010, she joined Leyton Ladies FC, who became the first British team to win Holland’s Gramsbergen International Women’s Tournament in 2011 and signed for KIKK United in 2013. Lydia is immediately recognisable not just from her speedy, skillful running with the ball but also for her stylish pink boots!

Representative Honours: Welsh Universities

2015-16 Orient WFC Goal of the Season

8 – Heather Staff

Position: Midfielder/Striker

Heather is a twinkle-toed dribbler and a versatile attacking threat for the O’s. She played for Manchester United’s Girls Centre of Excellence for five years – from under-13s through to under-18s – and then went to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she was a member of the Elite Athlete Squad and captained the university’s first team for three years. She joined in the 2013-2014 season.

10 – Hayley Barton

Position: Midfielder

One of the team’s most technically gifted players, Hayley is a balanced and extremely skilful winger. Her senior football career started with West Ham at the age of 16 and she played for them in the FA Women’s Premier League (Southern Division) until she started her studies at Brunel University. There she was selected for the English Universities representative squad and also played a season for Barnet Ladies (now WSL club London Bees).  She joined the club in 2015.

Representative Honours: English Universities

12 – Ellie Davies
Position: Midfielder

Ellie is a dynamo in central midfield for the O’s and a wonderfully astute and rangy passer. She started playing football at five for her local boys’ team, Rogerstone Rangers and played for them until she joined Cardiff City Ladies at twelve. She stayed until she was 20, progressing from under-16s captain – winning a couple of league titles and cups along the way – to reserve team player and finally a first team player including competing in the Women’s Champions League in Copenhagen. She also represented Wales under-19s in competitions in Portugal and the Netherlands. She then played for Cardiff University for three years, winning the varsity match against rivals Swansea each year. After rehabbing from a serious injury post-university, she joined Leyton Orient for the 2015-16 season.

Representative Honours: Wales under-19s

13 – Belen Ripoll Douton

Position: Striker

Catalonian Belen is a talented and tricky striker: she made an immediate impact last season with twelve goals in 17 league appearances and will be looking to top that this season. She started playing futsal at six, representing Barcelona and winning numerous trophies. At 11, she joined RCD Espanyol’s academy and represented Catalonia before moving to C.E Europa where she won the league with their development team and made her debut for the first team in the Spanish second division aged 15. At 18 she signed for C.E Sant Gabriel before moving to the UK aged 23 and joining Leyton Orient partway through the 2015-16 season.

16 – Jasmine Campbell

Position: Striker

Forward Jazz is a nightmare match-up for opposing teams as she combines a sharp football brain with a very potent blend of technical excellence and power. Another graduate of the Leyton Orient Girls’ Centre of Excellence, she left the club aged 19 to move north and attend the University of Stoke where she also represented Bradwell Belles. She joined the club in the 2014-15 season.

2015-16 Orient WFC Fans’ Player of the Year

17 – Axelle Courlander
Position: Defender

Left-back Axelle has struggled mightily with injury but if she can recover her fitness then she is a quality distributor of the ball on the left. She started her playing career at Hitchin Town Ladies before moving on to Arlesey Town Ladies and spent a month playing at the IMG football academy, where she was offered several scholarships to the US. She chose instead to study at the University of East Anglia where she won a league title with the university’s women’s football team. Axelle sat out two years post-university with recurrent injuries but joined the O’s in 2015 and is working to be fit for the 2016-17 season.

18 – Sophie Le Marchand
Position: Midfielder

Pacy winger Sophie is the team’s top scorer; she can beat her defender with aplomb on either side and has the ability to shoot with fizz and accuracy with either foot. She is also a talented cricketer (having previously represented England under-21s) and didn’t focus seriously on her football until university, where she played for Oxford University and won two Blues playing against Cambridge in the annual varsity game. She joined KIKK United in the 2011-12 season.

Orient WFC Golden Boot 2015-16

(13 goals in 21 league appearances)

19 – Tara O’Halloran
Position: Midfielder

Tara missed the 2015-16 season with a serious ankle injury. She is a powerful and commanding central midfielder whose return will be a significant boost to the team. In 2014-15, her ferocious half-volley from outside the box against Bexhill won the team’s Goal of the Season award. In her youth she captained Alexandra College, Dublin to their first ever Leinster football title. She is also a talented Gaelic footballer and plays with London side, Holloway Gaels.


20 – Pinja Piira

Position: Defender

Defender Pinja is capable of playing anywhere across the back four and constantly impresses with her determination and drive. She started her formal football career late but quickly ascended the league pyramid in Finland before her move to England.  Her first formal club was FC Stars aged 21 and after a season in the fourth division followed by one in the third, she moved to FC Kuusysi in the Finnish first division for the 2013-14 season. She joined the O’s’ precursor club, KIKK United, in the 2014-15 season.

21 – Egle Trezzi

Position: Midfielder

Italian midfielder Egle had a notable 2015-16, winning the Players’ Player of the Season award in her debut season with the O’s. She started playing football at eight with her village boys team and at thirteen joined national powerhouse, ACF Milan. There she won three league titles, a regional championship and finished second at the National Cup for clubs. At 17 she moved to Aurora S.G.B and helped them win promotion from Serie D to Serie C in 2006. After moving to London, she took a break from football then returned with her university team, Goldsmiths, and in 2012 she joined Millwall Lionesses for one season in the WPL (Southern Division) representing the firsts and reserves. She joined the O’s in the summer of 2015.

2015-16 Orient WFC Players’ Player of the Year

22 – Ella Meadowcroft

Position: Striker

Striker Ella is a clinical finisher with good awareness who can also create chances for her teammates. Her career began at Rushden and Diamonds Girls’ Centre of Excellence followed by three unbeaten seasons with her home-town side Bedford Ladies FC, in which they also won the treble for two seasons running. Whilst at university, she enjoyed a short spell at Lincoln Ladies who are now WSL team Notts County FC. After university she re-joined Bedford and helped the team gain promotion into the FA WPL as well as defeating rivals Luton Town to win the 2013-14 Bedfordshire County Cup. She joined Orient at the end of the 2015-16 season and was the Player of the Match in the team’s victory in the Mayor’s Cup final.

23 – Naomi Stirling
Position: Striker

Naomi is a pacy and powerful striker, who, as she hones her movement, is capable of causing any defence problems. Her school did not have a girls’ side so she was the only girl on the boys’ team and at sixth form college, the lack of a girls’ team meant she did not play formally again until university. After university, she played for a local East London team before joining the club in the 2013-14 season.

24 – Scarlett Smith
Position – Midfielder

Left winger Scarlett is a new signing for the 2016-17 season and has quickly demonstrated that she will be a major influence on the team’s title quest. She represented Southampton FC’s Girls’ Centre of Excellence from under-14s to under-16s and made her debut for Southampton in the FA WPL National Division South (precursor of the Women’s Super League) against Bristol City aged just 16. She also had the honour of being selected for both England under-15s and under-17s. She continued to play for Southampton until university where she was a key part of the Liverpool John Moores University side that won the BUCS Women’s Football Shield. She joins Orient WFC from Chorley Ladies in the FA WPL North.  

26 – Daisy Davis
Position – Defender

Daisy joined Orient in 2015-16 having previously represented the Essex Girls’ Centre of Excellence and Eastern Avenue FC. At just 17 last season, she was by far the youngest member of the squad and she has a great future in the game if she works hard and continues her development.

30 – Sarah O’Donnell

Position – Midfielder

Sarah is a very effective and hard-working player in a wide range of positions. She is also an accomplished Gaelic footballer and has interspersed both sports for much of her career. Her first club was Eureka Kells in County Meath in Ireland and she joined Orient in 2015 from West Coast Impact FC in Vancouver, Canada.

35 – Sophie Cooper
Position – Striker

Striker Sophie Cooper combines a sure touch with a prescient ability to turn and elude defenders and create space for herself and others. She joined Bradwell Belles at seven before moving on to the Stoke City Girls’ Centre of Excellence where she stayed until she was 16. She then represented the University of Oxford with distinction including being the first striker to score a hat-trick in the varsity game against Cambridge as well as leading the side to the biggest victory in varsity history. After university, she joined the O’s for the 2015-16 season..