Report: LOFCW begin Sue Sharples Cup campaign with win at Wandsworth Borough

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After last week’s bruising win over Actonians LOFCW stamped their authority on this game from the first whistle. Liliana Almeida, the O’s number 7, opening the scoring in the first minute with a powerful shot from distance that arrowed into the bottom right of the Wandsworth net.

Just five minutes later and O’s skilful midfielder Corradi had doubled the O’s lead with a similar goal to Almeida’s opener – firing the ball into the bottom right corner after a well-placed pass from CDM Grace Alexander.

However, just a minute later Wandsworth were back in the game after being awarded a penalty. They made no mistake from the spot, leaving O’s keeper Lola Durojaiye with no chance with a thumping right-footed strike.

The goal only spurred Orient into action, and they restored their two goal lead a minute later when a well-placed cross-box pass from Giulia Livi put O’s captain Tara Copeland through on goal for a cool finish past the Wandsworth keeper.

After a brief lull, the O’s snapped back into action and Almeida made no mistake with Orient’s fourth – Wandsworth’s goalie came off her line, allowing Almeida to place a curving shot over the keeper and into the back of the net in the 18th minute.

Unsurprisingly, after such a frantic start to the game, the pace of the game dropped; Orient controlled possession without creating too many chances, though, Copeland tested the keeper with two fierce drives and Bobbi Ellison was unlucky with a powerful strike that dropped just wide of the right-hand post.

The O’s regretted those missed opportunities as, just before half time, the back line failed to deal with a ball into the box and Wandsworth pulled a goal back with a close-range finish.

HALF-TIME: Wandsworth Borough FC Ladies 2-4 Leyton Orient FC Womens

A half-time rethink from Orient coach Chris Bright made a change with Mariam Obiri coming off for Nilufer Ibrahim. It proved to be a good decision as Wandsworth’s aggressive tactics failed to trouble Ibrahim, who calmly dealt with Wandsworth’s more physical play, strengthening the back 4 as a whole.

After a slow 20 minutes, the O’s began to take control of the game again, continuing to press and dominate possession. Harrow pushed up the pitch and unleashed a swerving drive, which, after a scramble in the penalty area the Wandsworth defence managed to clear to safety.

Orient were now in total control, and in the 75th minute a smart pass from Zahmena Malik put Copeland through on goal and the captain grabbed her second with an instinctive finish from close range to make it 5 for the O’s.

Wandsworth reduced the deficit again in the 82nd minute, taking advantage of a loose pass in midfield, to score their 3rd with a thumping shot from outside the box into the top right.

Orient swiftly took control of the game again, adding 2 goals in the 89th and 90th. The first came from another well-placed pass from Malik, to Ellison, who finished with a wonderful strike over the keeper to make it 6-3. Eve Pearson rounded off the scoring after being played through by Malik, for her 3rd assist, with an unstoppable shot.

After three minutes of extra time, the whistle blew on another comfortable win, and a good start to the Sue Sharples Cup campaign.

Teams:

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

Subs unused: None.

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