Orient WFC are League champions and Premier League bound! The O’s clinched the London and South-East Regional Women’s Football League title on the Kent coast recently with a 1-0 victory over Herne Bay.
Midfielder Egle Trezzi met Ella Meadowcroft’s reverse pass with a fine volley for the only goal of the game and while the O’s were uncharacteristically profligate in front of goal, including a missed first half penalty, they were never threatened and comfortably played out the game to secure the win and take the title with two games yet to play.
The clean sheet was the team’s 13th in 16 league games and that impressive defensive solidity has been the foundation for a marvellous season with the numerous attacking talents in red adding to it by plundering a phenomenal 119 goals in league and cup so far! In between the champagne and celebrations, the proud Orient players reacted to their achievement/
Captain Danni Griffiths said: “Winning the title and promotion to the Women’s Premier League with two games in hand is the pinnacle of what has been a fantastic season.
“The team’s achievements are testament to the hard work and the performances all of the players have put in week in week out and is nothing less than the girls deserve. “With the league and cup double still possible, our focus is on the League Cup Final, which would be a fitting finale before we prepare for the challenges that await in the Premier League.”
League top scorer Sophie Le Marchand added: “Winning the title this season is a monumental achievement for the club and is truly testament to the unwavering commitment of coach Chris Brayford to the team.
“Five years worth of blood, sweat and tears in this division have finally culminated in this wonderful group of girls being able to call themselves champions.
“We’ve come close a few times over the years, but have never quite had the legs for it. This season, however, everything came together such that we had the perfect blend of the ingredients that make a title winning side: quality, class, fitness, experience and, most importantly, team spirit.
“There is an abundance of talent in this team but ultimately what got us over the line was the fact that we are a team that really cares and looks out for each other.”
Striker Naomi Stirling: “What the team has achieved this year is truly brilliant and makes me quite emotional! Now we are Premier League and I cannot express how excited I am at the challenge it will bring to see how much we can continue to push on and keep learning and improving.”
Three weeks ago, the Os retained the Mayor’s Cup in convincing fashion with a 13-0 win over East End Academy.
The team started quickly with Ellie Davies hitting the bar in the first minute and ran out comfortable winners. Davies got two more and was awarded the player of the final accolade.
Jasmine Campbell (2), Hayley Barton, Connie Montiel-McCann and Naomi Stirling were also on the scoresheet
You can watch highlights of the final below.
Orient women have a chance of further silverware this season. On Sunday, May 14, they play Crawley Wasps in the London and South-East Regional Women’s Football League Cup final at the Gallagher Stadium in Maidstone.