First loss of the season for LOFCW

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This afternoon saw LOFC Women lose their first league fixture to table toppers, Impact FC, with the league leaders completing a comfortable 3-1 win.

For the first ten minutes the two sides were equally matched but as the game progressed it became a much rougher game than Orient have been used to. The O’s ultimately failed to get to grips with a more physical approach and this proved to be their downfall.

Playing as more of an attacking midfielder this match, Almeida hit what looked to be Orient’s first shot on target after being awarded a free kick in the 11th minute, but the windy conditions changed the curve of the forceful strike and lifted it over the bar.

Another promising opportunity was passed up moments later when, after some fine set up play from Almeida and Copeland on the left wing, Malik failed to get a enough power on a shot. Impact’s goalie got a firm hand on the ball to push it out to safety.

In the 19th minute the home side nearly took the lead after a dangerous goalmouth scramble but O’s keeper, Durojaiye, saved her side by bravely gathering the loose ball and taking a couple of blows at the feet of the opposition.

There was no respite for Orient and in the 25th minute only a last second intervention from O’s defender, El-Mouden, prevented a goal scoring opportunity after a sweeping move from Impact.

It proved to be a short-lived let off though as Orient’s resolve was broken four minutes later when a firm right footed strike gave Durojaiye no chance and gave the hosts a deserved half-time lead. Although Orient were entitled to be annoyed when the ref blew early in the 44th minute.

HALF-TIME: Impact FC 1-0 LOFCW

Half team rethink from coaches Chris Bright and Harry Schrattmeier saw El-Mouden and Corradi off for Harrow and Ellison to get their chances on the pitch.

With the O’s already rattled, three shots from Impact in the first 5 of the second half didn’t help calm their nerves. However, Durojaiye remained unphased and made a great fingertip save on Impact’s third to help keep Orient in the game.

A couple minutes later we saw another substitution, Giulia Livi coming on for Tara Copeland. The change seemed to give Orient renewed belief and, in the 55th minute, somewhat against the run of play the O’s equalised. Malik found time and space to pass to Williams, who calmly found the back of the net.

Williams’ goal spurred the O’s on and for the next quarter of an hour they raised the tempo of the game and began to match the opponent’s tough tackling approach, but Impact FC showed exactly why they are top of the league and prevented Orient from adding to their equaliser.

Despite a much-improved second half performance Orient were undone by two quick Impact goals. The first, in the 70th minute, was a firm right-footed strike from the edge of the area that Durojaiye got her fingertips to but couldn’t prevent it nestling in the top left hand corner of the net.

Just seven minutes later the Orient keeper was beaten again when the Impact centre forward, riding challenges from Ibrahim and Worsfold, broke through the Orient back line before slotting the ball in the corner of the goal.

With the O’s tiring, Almeida’s chipped shot in the 81st inched over the bar and only added to the team’s frustration.

The last shot of the match came from Jess Hillsden after the O’s won a free kick in a dangerous area – just outside the box but still central. Hillsden, known for her powerful strikes, cleared the Impact wall but was disappointed when the shot did not dip quite enough and inched over the bar.

The whistle blew on an exhausting match, and despite their efforts, the O’s came out defeated but with a good performance nonetheless.

Teams:

LOFCW: Durojaiye, El-Mouden, Ibrahim, Worsfold, Alexander, Williams, Pearson, Corradi, Malik, Copeland, Almeida, Musk, Livi, Hillsden, Ellison, Harrow

Subs unused: None

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