Orient keep Lola Durojaiye made her season debut, after recovering from injury, in a comfortable game against Rose FC.
Having come out victorious in their last two matches the O’s began the game with great confidence but Rose FC proved to be a more difficult opponent, at least in the early stages of the game.
After a couple of threatening moves came to nothing Orient had their first clear attempt on goal in the 16th minute as Stephanie Harrow drove up the right-hand before planting a shot just wide of the Rose FC goal. A minute later Giulia Livi recorded the O’s first shot on target, but it failed to trouble Rose’s keeper, who gathered the ball comfortably.
The O’s frustration continued as a shot from Ellie Williams was just off target and moments later Jess Musk got a chance, following a goalmouth scramble, only for the Rose FC keeper to find herself in the right place at the right time to deny last week’s hat-trick hero.
In the 26th minute Orient were awarded a free kick in a dangerous area but Olivia Worsfold’s delivery failed to find its target and Rose FC bundled the ball to safety.
However, the missed opportunity spurred the O’s on and took a deserved lead two minutes later, after a clever pass from Livi put Musk through on goal. Orient’s teenage sensation kept her composure and finished confidently to break Rose FC’s stubborn resistance and set the game in motion.
Musk almost doubled Orient’s lead moments later when a Bobbi Ellison corner fell to her only for her instinctive shot to be blocked by a panicked opposition defence.
The let-off proved temporary however, as a minute later, a handball from a Rose defender saw the O’s awarded a penalty. Eve Pearson stepped up to take it and picked out the bottom left corner which, despite an impressive dive, the Rose keeper just couldn’t stop.
The floodgates were now open and in the 38th minute Ellie Williams picked up a pass from Stephanie Harrow and chipped the keeper who, despite getting her fingertips to the ball, couldn’t prevent the goal to make it 3-0 to the Orient.
The first finished with half Musk and Pearson taking turns to set each other up to give the O’s an impressive 5-0 lead by one another.
HALF-TIME: LOFC WOMEN 5-0 ROSE FC
A half time rethink from O’s coach, Harry Schrattmeier, saw Corradi, El-Mouden and Copeland on for Malik, Ibrahim and Livi. 7 minutes into the second half we also saw Pearson come off for newbie Katie Reeves to have a chance on the pitch.
At this point the heavens opened but, undeterred by the deteriorating pitch the players continued to stick to their possession football game plan and were rewarded in the 63rd minute when Jess Musk complete her second hattrick in as many games. Having set up Musk for her third – and Orient’s 6th – Bianca Corradi made it 7 in the 63rd minute, finishing coolly after a swift exchange of passes with Worsfold.
After the rain cleared, we saw more substitutions; Musk and Alexander off, and Ellison and Pearson on.
Pearson’s last-minute step in proved a good choice for the team as she completed her (second of the season) hattrick in the 89th minute.
The whistle blew after 4 minutes of extra time. We saw a good spell in the first half that set the O’s up for their win; but despite their victory, Orient came out of the game with a lot to consider, especially needing to work on their overconfidence in those first 20 minutes of the game.
LOFC: Durojaiye, Livi, Ibrahim, Worsfold, Alexander, Ellison, Pearson, Harrow, Malik, Williams, Musk, Copeland, Reeves, El-Mouden, Corradi.
Subs unused: None.
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