LOWFC Report: Leyton Orient 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves

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Orient recorded a resounding 5-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspurs Reserves at the Mile End Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Hayley Barton, Ellie Stenning and Michelle Young, plus a brace from Sophie Le Marchand, ensured the O’s made it through to the next round of the County Cup.

Chris Brayford made one change from the side that defeated Cheltenham in the F.A Cup last weekend, with Naomi Ogunde replacing Latoya Smith in between the sticks.

Due to an exhaustive run of away fixtures, the O’s hadn’t played at the Mile End Stadium for over a month and they made a flying start back in familiar surroundings.

Hayley Barton made a break down the right-hand side and found Sophie Le Marchand in the box. The O’s forward then showed both impressive footwork and composure to shift the ball away from her marker and fire low past the Spurs keeper at the near post.

Two minutes later, Barton decided to get in on the act herself curling a strike from outside the box past Drew in the Spurs goal to double her side’s advantage.

After an electric start from the home side, the match began to settle with both sides seeing a number of their moves break down due to niggling fouls and misplaced passes.

Just before half time, Orient began to click back into gear again. Barton had a strike blocked from close range after some tidy build up play, before Le Marchand bagged her second of the game in the 44th minute.

Jasmine Auguste skipped past her marker down the left-hand side and slipped in Le Marchand who coolly slotted home to give her side a three goal advantage going into the break.

Spurs fielded a young side in this tie but they didn’t let their heads drop despite Orient’s dominance, and shortly after the interval they came close twice in a matter of minutes. However, Ogunde was equal to their efforts on both occasions.

Auguste almost added a fourth for Orient in the 65th minute when she got goal side of the Spurs defence and unleashed what looked like a goal bound shot, only for her effort to ripple the side netting.

Ellie Stenning did get a fourth moments later though. The O’s forward latched onto a ball played in behind by Fran Ali and from a tight angle produced a sublime finish into the bottom corner to bag her fifth goal in as many games.

Substitute Egle Trezzi, hit the post in the 78th minute when her free kick from range beat the Spurs keeper, but not the woodwork, before her fellow substitute Michelle Young added a fifth ten minutes later with a delicate dink over the keeper on the half volley.

Young’s strike proved to be the final goal in what was Orient’s fifth consecutive victory in all competitions. They now head into two more cup ties this week against Dulwich Hamlet and Portsmouth in exceptional form.

Speaking after the game, Stenning was quick to praise Orient’s inexperienced opponents.

“We have to give credit to Tottenham’s Reserves. They’re an energetic side, they worked really well together, and I think maybe our experience just shone through today.”

“The girls got unlucky last year, getting to the final of this competition and losing so I think our experience throughout the cup takes you through sometimes.”

 

Orient: Ogunde, Collins (Anderson 55”), Griffiths, Bastyr, Piira, McCann (Trezzi 71”), Ali, Barton (Young 73”), Le Marchand, Auguste, Stenning

Subs: Holmback

Goals: Le Marchand 6”, 44”, Barton 8”, Stenning 67”, Young 88”

Booked: Ali 76”

 

Spurs: Drew, Evans, Fowle, Williams, Baker, Morton, Iron, Butler, Zahvi, Sulola, Jarrett

Subs: Martin, Stovold

Goals:

Booked: Baker 57”, Evans 70”

 

Referee: Mark Tweed