LOWFC PREVIEW: Haringey Borough

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Orient progressed through the first round of the competition with a 2-5 victory against AFC Phoenix on October 21st.

Lisa Fulgence netted a hat-trick, Sophie Le Marchand tucked home from close range while captain Danielle Griffiths dispatched from the spot.

Last week, the O’s produced an emphatic display winning 5-0 against Enfield Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League.

After Robyn Reardon’s own-goal, strikes from Tara O’Halloran and Hayley Barton gave the O’s a 3-0 lead at the break before Chanel Richards bagged a second-half brace.

Chris Brayford’s side are looking to reach the semi-final stage for the second successive season having previously lost 3-2 to Charlton Athletic Women during the 2017-18 campaign.

Our Opponents

As for Haringey, they compete in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League having been relegated from Orient’s division after a difficult 2017-18 season.

They are currently bottom of their division with one point having drawn one and lost nine of their 10 league games this season.

Last time out, Borough fell to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Wymondham Town Women on November 11th.

Key Players

Orient winger Sophie Le Marchand is a crucial part of the attacking threat which Orient are capable of posing. She never fails to cause problems for the opposition with her excellent close control, dribbling skills and trickery. After finding the net in the previous round, Le Marchand will be relishing the chance for further goals to add to her tally this weekend.

For Haringey, Aaliyah Boyea has started their previous three games and scored in Borough’s 1-4 defeat at home to Harlow Town Ladies. She will be hoping to help her side cause a cup upset this weekend.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient are unbeaten in their previous five league games.
  • The O’s have scored 14 goals across three cup competitions this season.
  • However, they have lost two of their previous three cup games.
  • Haringey have scored four goals in 10 league games this season
  • Borough have conceded four or more goals in nine of those matches.
  • They have kept one clean sheet during this time (0-0 vs AFC Dunstable Ladies)

Previous Encounters

Orient and Haringey met home and away in South East Division One last season. The O’s welcomed Borough to Mile End on 4th October in their first midweek game of the campaign.

The home side emerged 8-0 victors thanks to braces from Hayley Barton and Belen Ripoll Douton plus strikes from Chloe McNee, Sophie Le Marchand, Danielle Griffiths and Egle Trezzi.

In the return fixture on 7th November, the O’s won by the same score line on a wet evening at Coles Park.

Sophie Le Marchand and Sarka Stryhalova netted braces while Danielle Griffiths, Egle Trezzi, Kayleigh Xidhas and Fran Cagetti also found the net.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the clash, captain Danielle Griffiths spoke about what she is expecting from Haringey this weekend:

“They had a difficult year last year, they came up quite quickly into our league and there was a lot of strong teams. I’m expecting them to be a different outfit to what we faced last year, but obviously we have that league advantage on them so hopefully we can capitalise on that.”

Coming to the Game?

If you can, please come down and show your support for the O’s as they push for a place in the Capital Cup semi-finals. The match will take place this Sunday 18th November at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 2pm.