Report: LOFC Women 13 – 1 Alexandra Park Women

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After an eventful start to the season, which saw their first fixture abandoned after just 38 minutes, the O’s opened their league account properly with an impressive 13-1 win over Alexandra Park Women.

Orient keeper, Lola Durojaiye, was still unavailable through injury so O’s winger Giulia Livi stepped in again after her heroics in the opening weekend.

The O’s stamped their authority on this game from the first whistle, in the third minute Eve Pearson’s lofted shot was inches away from opening the scoring – but Orient didn’t have to wait long for the first goal. The home side failed to deal with a Tara Copeland cross and, after poor defending and a goalmouth scramble, Zahmena Malik got the decisive touch firing the ball into the top right corner of the goal with just 6 minutes on the clock.

The goal spurred Alexandra Park into action, with the homeside earning a free kick in a dangerous area, 25 yards out but central. The O’s failed to make a wall and the resulting shot was easily gathered by stand-in keeper Giulia Livi.

Alexandra Park regretted the missed opportunity a couple of minutes later when Pearson scored her first of the game, receiving a pass from Bianca Corradi before shooting past the keeper and into the net, doubling the O’s lead.

After a brief lull, with both sides trying to retain possession and dictate the pace of the game, the game exploded back into life with a flurry of goals from the O’s.

On 26 minutes, a surging move down Orient’s left saw Orient captain Tara Copeland play a pinpoint ball into the path of Corradi who took a touch before slipping the ball past the keeper. Corradi returned the favour shortly afterwards, playing the ball into Copeland for her first of the afternoon.

Two goals in two minutes saw Orient take a commanding 6-0 lead before half time. A 43rd minute corner caused panic in the Alexandra Park defence, the ball falling to Pearson who coolly laid it off for Corradi’s second. On the stroke of half time Corradi and Copeland combined again for the captain’s second goal, a beautiful swerving shot over the Alexandra Park keeper into the far corner.

HALF TIME: ALEXANDRA PARK WOMEN 0 – 6 LOFC WOMEN

Half time didn’t disrupt orient’s relentless attacking with Pearson also grabbing her second goal of the game in the 48th minute.

Alexandra Park did manage to get on the score sheet in the 50th minute finally beating the O’s substitute keeper, Bobbi Ellison, from the spot.

It proved to be little more than a consolation as the O’s swiftly resumed total control of the game. In the 55th Corradi completed her hat-trick, thumping the ball into the bottom left corner after some tricky right-wing play from Copeland.

After completing her hat-trick, Corradi took over in goal allowing Ellison to move into her more usual central midfield role.

Orient continued to dominate possession and in the 71st minute the Park keeper failed to deal with a fierce shot from Liliana Almeida, with Malik on hand to put away the rebound. Just a minute later the pair combined again with Malik setting up Almeida to take the O’s into double figures.

The 81st minute saw stand-in keeper Corradi comfortably save the Park striker’s attempt to chip the ball over her.

In no mood to take their foot off the gas, Orient continued to attack at every opportunity. In the 83rd minute the pressure told as Giulia Livi celebrated her first goal of the season with a fine finish from outside the box before Pearson completed her hat-trick with a deft right-foot finish past the advancing keeper.

In the minute 90 the O’s other stand in keeper, Bobbi Ellison, completed the scoring with another assist from Pearson.

After two minutes of extra time the ref finally blew, drawing the curtain on a very impressive performance from the O’s and much to the relief of an exhausted Alexandra Park.

LOFC Women’s: Livi, El-Mouden, Bright, Worsfold, Harrow, Ellison, Pearson, Corradi, Malik, Copeland, Almeida, Alexander.

Subs unused: none