This will be Orient’s second cup match of the season having already progressed to the FA Women’s National League Cup First Round earlier this month.
Last weekend, the O’s endured a frustrating 1-1 draw against Denham United Ladies in the FA Women’s National League with Rebecca Hirst coming off the bench to score an 89th minute equaliser at The Den.
That point kept Orient’s unbeaten record on the road intact after three wins and one draw in league and cup this season.
Chris Brayford’s side will be determined to advance to the next stage of the FA Cup but should be cautious of a competition known for its shocks and giant-killings.
As for Cambridge, they have enjoyed a fine start to their Eastern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division campaign winning all three of their opening games.
City sit two points clear at the top of the table with a goal difference of six having scored 11 goals and conceded just five in the league this season.
On August 26th, they progressed through the FA Cup Preliminary Round with a 2-0 win against Newmarket Town Ladies thanks to goals from Charlotte Gillies and Carla Penny.
A week later, an emphatic 14-0 victory against Riverside Ladies in the First Round of Qualifying saw Cambridge secure this Second Qualifying Round tie against the O’s.
Orient defenders Fran Cagetti and Hannah Porter have formed a promising centre-back partnership in recent weeks. Cagetti was a stand-out figure in the match against Stevenage where the O’s kept a clean sheet with a 0-2 victory. Meanwhile, Porter took the captain’s armband for the trip to Denham having proven to be a reliable and composed member of the O’s defence.
Defensive solidity and organisation will be crucial against a Cambridge side who have been in fine form in front of goal this season. Laura Mills has scored in each of City’s previous three matches, while Erin Davies netted six goals in their 14-0 victory over Riverside on 2nd September.
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Previous Cup Run:
During the 2017/18 season, the O’s entered the FA Cup at the Third Round of Qualifying and were drawn against Billericay Town Ladies at the Breyer Group Stadium on 8th October.
Four goals from Sophie Le Marchand plus strikes from Chloe McNee, Egle Trezzi and Vanessa Wilson saw Orient progress to the First Round with a 7-0 victory.
Here, they travelled to face fellow South East Division One outfit Ipswich Town Ladies on Remembrance Sunday in November.
The hosts were 2-0 up with twenty minutes to play before two own goals in the closing stages helped Orient draw level and force extra time. Despite a valiant display, the O’s were beaten 4-2 but could exit the competition with pride.
Speaking this week, captain Danielle Griffiths stressed the importance of having the correct mentality when competing in a tournament known for its unpredictability:
“The FA Cup is one of the most exciting competitions each season as it brings fresh challenges for all teams. It’s a game that on paper we would be expected to win but Cambridge are not to be underestimated. They have had a great start to the season, so we must be focused to ensure we progress to the next round and avoid an FA Cup upset.”
Coming to the Game?
If you are making the trip to Cambridge, the match will take place this Sunday 23rd September at Trinity College Sports Ground, Cambridge, CB3 9AA with kick-off at 2pm.