O’s skipper Danielle Griffiths returned to the starting lineup for this one after missing the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace Development in mid-week and her side got off to the perfect start at the Mile End Stadium.
A ball over the top was latched onto by Otesha Charles, who showed great composure to round the on-rushing ‘keeper and slot home into the empty net to give her side the lead.
Orient came very close to adding a second minutes later when Sophie Le Marchand gathered the ball inside the Pompey penalty area, however she was soon closed down by a mass of bodies and could only prod a shot into the arms of Portsmouth goalkeeper, Mel Burns.
That moment exemplified the fine margins of football, as from that very same phase of play the away side went up the other end and levelled the scores. Tamsin De Bunsen played a precise through ball to Eilidh Currie who slotted home the equaliser.
Orient responded well to being pegged back though and with a little bit more luck they could have quite easily been ahead again. Hayley Barton delivered two excellent corners, with the first being cleared off the line and the second being headed just over by Charles.
Playing against a side from the division above, the O’s were made to rue their missed chances, as Charmaine True bagged two goals in five minutes to give her side a 3-1 lead going into the break.
Soon after the restart, Portsmouth made it four when Becki Bath, who had peppered the Orient goal all afternoon with long range efforts, saw her shot deflect off Griffiths and loop over Naomi Ogunde in the Orient goal.
Tired legs perhaps began to show a little for an O’s side who have played 390 minutes of football in the last two weeks, as substitute Jade Widdows, got in on the act adding a fifth after some nice footwork in the box, before Jade Bradley placed one into the net to complete the scoring.
It was a tough afternoon for the O’s and reflecting on the game Griffiths said:
“Whilst we don’t think 6-1 is a score line that reflects the game, we need to acknowledge that today we were beaten by the better team.
In the first half we matched Portsmouth and at times outplayed them and deserved to go in front. However, some soft goals made it a difficult mountain to climb in the second half. We are disappointed but realistic; there are important season defining games for us coming up and our focus is on making sure we perform in those”.
Orient are back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Burgess Hill Town in the Isthmian Cup.
Orient: Ogunde, Young (Cooper 71), Griffiths (C), Bastyr, Anderson, McCann, Holmback (Trezzi 59), Barton, Le Marchand (Hirst 71) Auguste, Charles
Goal: Charles (13)
Portsmouth: Burns, Tonks, Rowe, Ingram (Bridge 67), Southgate (C), Bradley, De Bunsen (Widdows 51), Bath (Lee-Stewart 67), True, Younger, Currie
Goals: Currie (16), True (33, 37), Bath (52), Widdows (66), Bradley (80)