LOWFC PREVIEW: QPR Ladies (A)

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Orient have two opportunities to claim some silverware having also reached the semi-final stage of the Isthmian Cup.

Chris Brayford’s side defeated Haringey Borough Women 5-2 at Mile End Stadium in the quarter-finals during November, taking them to within one victory of the final.

Their last outing saw them travel to Billericay Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League, where they were narrowly beaten 2-1 despite a spirited performance.

Zoe Rushen put the hosts ahead on 22 minutes, Egle Trezzi nodded the O’s level just after the hour mark before Rushen added her second of the night shortly after.

Despite the result, Orient produced a performance to be proud of and one they will be looking to replicate in the Capital Cup this weekend. 

Our Opponents

Queens Park Rangers Ladies compete in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division, just one league above Orient who play in South East Division One.

They reside in 11th place having been unable to register a league victory this season. They have drawn three and lost 11 of their 14 league matches with a goal difference of -38.

In the Capital Cup quarter-finals, QPR defeated Whyteleafe Ladies 5-0 on home turf to progress to the last four.

Having struggled to find form in the league, they will be fired up for this clash with ambitions to go all the way in the competition.

Key Players

Orient full-back Leyre Bastyr provides attacking threat and defensive reliability. After returning from the US, she has been welcomed back into the squad and is settling nicely into competitive football again.

Meanwhile, midfielder Katharine Nutman was recalled to the starting eleven against Billericay on Wednesday. Nutman’s experience, discipline and battling approach are vital for the O’s in the middle of the pitch.

As for QPR, Jo Wilson is their top scorer this season and was the WSL2 top scorer with 10 goals for London Bees in 2016. She will be hoping to continue this fine form and help her side to the final.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient have been given just one home tie from six cup draws this season.
  • The O’s have scored 25 goals during the five cup matches they have played.
  • However, they are yet to keep a clean sheet in cup competition.
  • QPR have won two and lost two of their four cup matches this season.
  • Rangers have scored nine goals in those games.
  • Their only clean sheet during that time came in the Capital Cup quarter-finals.

Previous Encounters

This is the first time that Orient have met QPR since being in the FA Women’s National League. Being a cup semi-final and London derby, it promises to be a great occasion with the winner booking their place in the illustrious final.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the clash, captain Danielle Griffiths says there is a belief amongst the squad going into the game:

“Getting to the Capital Cup semi-final for the second year in a row is a fantastic achievement. Once again, we are up against opposition from a higher tier. However, as we showed against Charlton last year, we have every chance of making it to the final. Our best performances this season have come against the strongest teams, so we are confident of getting an upset on Sunday and being in with the chance of lifting the trophy.”

Coming to the Game?

If you are making the trip across London, the match takes place this Sunday 17th February at Uxbridge FC, Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton, UB7 8HX with kick-off at 14:00.