Goals from Breon Grant and Hayley Barton plus a double from Chanel Richards helped the O’s pick up their second win of pre-season on a humid day in South London.
The win was made even more impressive by the fact Orient were without a recognised keeper for the game. Fran Cagetti has to be commended for keeping a clean sheet in an unfamiliar position, but she was almost beaten early on when QPR’s centre half headed against the bar from an in-swinging corner.
Following that early scare Chris Brayford’s side began to grow into the game and they took the lead in the 14th minute when Richards poked home from Belen Ripoll Douton’s cross.
Right back Ria Collins looked bright throughout the game and in the 27th minute she linked up well with Michelle Young to create a chance for herself but unfortunately for the O’s she got under the shot slightly and scooped it over the bar.
In the 36th minute Richards showed good tenacity to win her side a corner and from the dead ball Egle Trezzi put in a wicked delivery that resulted in a goalmouth scramble that somehow didn’t result in Orient doubling their lead.
The O’s did manage to double their lead just before half time however. Grant picked the ball up and managed to run clear of the R’s defence, she was faced with a tight angle but did superbly to finish the ball into the roof of the net and give her side some breathing space before the break.
Trezzi had the first real chance of the second half when she hit a powerful strike from around 25 yards out that whistled just over the crossbar.
But QPR were given the chance to halve the deficit in the 61st minute when O’s centre back Leyre Bastyr brought down Carolan in the box. Sampson stepped up to take the spot kick for Rangers but her effort clipped the bar on its way over, leaving Bastyr off the hook.
Orient could have had another soon after the penalty miss, when Phoebie Eshen sprang the offside trap following a ball over the top from Trezzi but with the keeper rushing out at her, Eshen could only loop her effort over the bar.
Trezzi was at the centre of things yet again just moments later. The QPR defence failed to clear her delivery into the box and the ball fell to substitute Hayley Barton whose dinked effort was claimed well by the R’s keeper.
As the second half wore on Orient were looking ruthless as they attempted to increase their two goal lead. This time Barton flashed a ball across the box that found her opposite winger Line Abu Zarour, who pulled the trigger on a powerful strike but it went just past the far post.
The O’s weren’t to be denied in the 83rd minute though. Ripoll Douton picked up another assist after she played through Barton, who calmly slotted past the R’s keeper to pick up a richly deserved third for her side.
Soon after Orient’s third their opponents almost grabbed a consolation goal. A deep corner was sent in towards stand in keeper Cagetti, who did well to parry the ball away but with the ball still bouncing around the six yard box, some heroic defending was required to keep Cagetti’s clean sheet intact.
Despite some defensive scares, the O’s were good value for their victory and they put the icing on the cake in the 89th minute. The QPR defence couldn’t deal with Michelle Young’s cross and the ball fell to Richards, who pounced to complete her brace.
Speaking after the game manager Chris Brayford said: “I’m pleased with how pre-season is progressing, the performances have been very good and we are building the match fitness and cohesion we need. It’s also very encouraging that we’ve made some great new signings who seem to be settling in well”
Next up for Orient’s Women is a match against West Ham U23’s this Sunday, before they complete their pre-season preparations with a game against Arsenal’s U21’s next Tuesday. Both games are to be played at The Mile End Stadium.
Orient: Cagetti, Anderson, Collins, Hayles, Bastyr, Ali, Trezzi, McNee, Ripoll Douton, Young, Richards.
Subs: Barton, Eshen, Abu Zarour, Hirst, Grant, Cannon.
Scorers: Richards (2), Barton, Grant.
QPR: White, Last, Lawson, Painter, Trialist, Skiverton, Trialist, Carolan, Sampson, Trialist, Richardson-Taylor.
Subs: Trialist, Perez, Petit.