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Two late goals condemned Orient to their first defeat of the season away at Enfield Town on Sunday.

Nyara Denny had drawn the O’s level just before the break after they had fallen behind early on. However, two goals in the final ten minutes saw Chris Brayford’s side fall to a 3-1 defeat at the QE Stadium.

Orient made three changes from last weekend’s draw with Kent Football United. Rochelle Romer, Cheryl Anderson and Lisa Hölmback were replaced in the starting eleven by Naomi Ogunde, Egle Trezzi and Giorgia Bracelli.

Despite controlling most of the early possession, the first real chance of the game fell to the home side. Mollie Kmita broke away down the left-hand side and hit a fierce strike that cannoned off the upright.

Orient continued to dominate the ball in the opening stages but were caught out on the break in the 19th minute. The ball eventually broke to Beau Parker on the edge of the box who smashed one in to give her side the lead.

The visitors responded well though, some miscommunication in the Enfield defence presented Denny with the chance to poke the ball home from close range and draw the O’s level.

Orient had a couple of decent set piece opportunities prior to the interval but the scores remained level at the break.

Brayford’s side came flying out the blocks for the second half with a number of good chances. First, Trezzi headed wide after some good work down the right from Michelle Young. Shortly afterwards, Denny found space and put in a low cross for Hayley Barton who curled an effort just over.

Enfield came close to regaining the lead just before the hour mark, with only a great save from Ogunde keeping out a powerful header from Nuala McKevitt.

The O’s broke immediately from that save and looked to be in, however a cynical foul on Bracelli just outside the box halted the counter attack in its tracks. The resulting free kick came to nothing as Barton could only steer her effort into the keeper’s arms.

The points looked like they were going to be shared heading into the final stages, but it was the Towners who ended up coming away with the victory. A cross was spilled towards the edge of the box and substitute Courtney Cook was on hand to prod home.

As the O’s searched for an equaliser, they were caught cold on the break and Enfield bagged a third through Jodie Bellinger to put the result beyond any doubt.

Orient will be looking to bounce back when they host AFC Wimbledon this weekend.


Orient: Ogunde, Collins, Bradley, Kerr (McNally 87”), Lee, Trezzi, Bracelli, Heria (Xidhas 81”), Barton (Zahui 70”), Denny, Young

Goals: Denny 34”


Enfield: Cooper, Kmita, McKevitt, McShane, Parker (Bellinger 60”), Re, Reardon, Smith (Butler-William 65”), Stonehouse, Syson (Cook 60”), Slater

Goals: Parker 22”, Cook 81”, Bellinger 87”