LOWFC PREVIEW: QPR (A)

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Following last week’s success in the F.A Cup, the O’s turn their attention to the Capital Cup this weekend as they travel to West London to take on QPR.

Last Time Out

Katherine Long’s early strike was enough to overcome Dulwich Hamlet and secure Orient’s place in the Third Qualifying Round of the Vitality F.A Cup.

The summer signing made it two goals in her first two appearances for the club when she calmly slotted home in the 7th minute in front of a substantial, socially distanced crowd at Champion Hill.

Chris Brayford’s side had to dig in towards the final stages, with the entirety of the back four, plus ‘keeper Naomi Ogunde, having to play their part in ensuring a clean sheet and safe progression to the next round.

Monday’s draw saw the O’s handed a trip to the seaside where they’ll take on Eastbourne Town for the chance to reach the First Round proper for the second consecutive season.

The Opposition 

Similarly to last weekend’s opposition, QPR play their football in the London & South East Regional Division – one tier below the O’s in the women’s football league pyramid.

The R’s have had a mixed start to the 20/21 season. League defeats to both Orient’s cup opponents Eastbourne Town and Dulwich, were sandwiched in between an F.A Cup defeat to Denham Town on penalties.

However, Steve Quashie’s side got their season up and running last weekend when, thanks to braces from Millie Cutler and Ellie Searle, they defeated Aylesford Ladies 4-2 at Harlington.

Previous Meetings

Despite meeting in a pre-season friendly in September, the last competitive fixture between the two sides came back in October 2019.

The O’s had initially fallen behind to Cutler’s early effort, but two quick-fire second half goals from Ellie Stenning and Otesha Charles completed the comeback as Brayford’s side ran out 2-1 winners, knocking the R’s out of the F.A Cup in the process.

From the Dressing Room

Speaking ahead of the game, O’s full back Sophie Lee expects this to be another good test for her side as they look to challenge for honours on all fronts this season.

“It’ll be a big game, we played there in pre-season and it was a tough match so it’s going to be a competitive one for sure as we look to progress in another cup.”

How to Follow

Unfortunately, this match will be played behind closed doors, but supporters can keep track of the action via our Twitter feed @OrientWFC and catch all of the post-match reaction over at leytonorient.com.

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