LOWFC PREVIEW: Actonians Ladies (A)

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Orient will be brimming with confidence having claimed the Isthmian Cup title with a 2-0 victory over Ashford Town (Middlesex) on Wednesday 17th April.

Goals from Hayley Barton and Leyre Bastyr saw Chris Brayford’s side pick up their first piece of silverware since being promoted to the FA Women’s National League.

They progressed to the final of the Capital Cup after seeing off Queens Park Rangers Women on penalties back in February.

Suaila Cardoso Queni’s first minute strike was cancelled out by Jo Wilson in first half stoppage time, forcing the game to a penalty shootout which Orient won 4-3.

With this being their penultimate game of the season, the O’s will be looking to end on a high by bringing further silverware to E10 this week.

Our Opponents

Actonians will prove stern opposition sitting third in South East Division One, just two places and one point above the O’s in fifth.

They have won 10, drawn three and lost eight of their 21 league matches this season with a goal difference of 6.

On Sunday, they succumbed to a 6-3 defeat away to second-placed Billericay Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League at the AGP Arena.

Having failed to get the better of Orient in the league this season, Actonians will be fired up to get their hands on the trophy come Thursday night.

Key Players

Orient’s midfield trio of Egle Trezzi, Katharine Nutman and Lisa Holmback have proven influential in both their attacking and defensive duties this season. Trezzi and Nutman provide stability and discipline in front of the back four while Holmback’s tenacity, work ethic and goal scoring ability have been highly commendable.

Undoubtedly, Alessandra Barreca will be a huge goal scoring threat for Actonians on Thursday. She has netted five goals in her previous four matches in all competitions, one of which was the late equaliser against Orient when the teams drew 3-3 at Rectory Park in the FA Women’s National League on 14th April.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient have scored in nine of their last ten matches in league and cup competition.
  • The O’s have netted three goals against Actonians in each of their last two meetings.
  • They have kept two clean sheets in their previous two cup matches.
  • Actonians have found the net nine times in their previous three matches.
  • They have played seven consecutive league games since their last cup match.
  • During that time, Actonians have kept one clean sheet.

Cup Journey

The O’s have come through three rounds to reach the final of the Capital Cup, playing twice away and once at home.

They began with a 5-2 victory at AFC Phoenix in October, before seeing off Haringey Borough Women by the same score-line at Mile End in November.

A crucial save from goalkeeper Naomi Ogunde helped Orient to the penalty shootout victory over QPR Women which put 90 minutes between them and another cup triumph.

Previous Encounters

The O’s welcomed Actonians to Mile End Stadium on 7th October where they clinched a dramatic 3-2 victory in the league. At 2-1 down, Hayley Barton and Tara O’Halloran struck twice in the final five minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

More recently, there was a share of the spoils in the reverse fixture as the sides drew 3-3 on April 14th.

Carla Williams brace cancelled out captain Danielle Griffiths early penalty. Second half goals from Sophie Le Marchand and Valeria Moreno put Orient 3-2 up, before Alessandra Barreca levelled with a late free-kick.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the final, skipper Danielle Griffiths wants to continue a hugely successful season for the entire Orient family:

“We are looking forward to the Capital Cup final and our chance to win a second trophy of the season. Actonians are a tough opposition and our previous fixtures have been close encounters which should make for an entertaining final! We hope to cap off a great season for Orient with some more silverware!”

Coming to the Game?

If you can, please come down and cheer on the O’s this week. The match takes place this Thursday 2nd May at the Powerday Stadium, home to Hanwell Town FC, Perivale Lane, UB6 8TL with kick-off at 19:45.