The O’s women’s team will be looking to cause an upset when they travel to holders Charlton Athletic Women in the Capital Cup Senior semi-finals this Sunday.
Orient have been out of action for three weeks after seeing their match against Norwich City on February 11th postponed before this game, originally scheduled for last Sunday, was rearranged due to Charlton’s participation in the FA Cup.
Chris Brayford’s side are second in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One, with 31 points from 16 games. They have won ten, drawn one, and lost five matches this season with the second best goal difference in the division (27).
Charlton Athletic have enjoyed a successful league campaign in the WPL Southern Division to date. They occupy second place with 36 points from 14 games, winning 12 and losing two with the league’s best goal difference (46).
In their most recent outing, Charlton became the only team outside the Women’s Super League to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win at Cardiff City Ladies.
In the Capital Cup, Charlton have seen off Parkwood Rangers Ladies and Enfield Town Ladies to reach the semi-finals with 7-2 and 6-0 victories respectively.
Orient will be hoping to welcome some familiar faces back to action this week. Kayleigh Xidhas and Jasmine Campbell are near to returning from their respective injuries and will be hoping to play a part, while Chloe McNee is expected to return from absence.
However, the O’s will be without defender Vanessa Wilson who is missing through suspension.
For Orient, winger Hayley Barton is direct, pacey and loves to drive at defenders in the wide areas. She is physically strong with good ball control and composure in possession. Having scored in the quarter-final victory over Denham United and with ten assists this season, Barton’s threat and creativity in attack could cause the Charlton defence some problems.
Also, Egle Trezzi has been a crucial part of Orient’s midfield this season. Despite a spell on the sidelines through injury, Trezzi is available for selection once again. She is a combative, physical player who provides defensive stability. Also, she is effective in attack with a good range of passing and shooting ability.
For Charlton, striker Kit Graham has scored three goals in her previous two matches. After netting in their 2-1 defeat to Lewes FC Women in the WPL Cup, Graham bagged a brace in the FA Cup victory over Cardiff last week and will be looking to continue her good form in the Capital Cup on Sunday.
A Look at the Stats:
Orient have scored six goals and conceded just once in the previous two rounds of the Capital Cup, with 2-0 and 4-1 victories.
The O’s have played four matches away from home across three separate cup competitions, winning two and losing two.
Chris Brayford’s side have scored in each of these four matches, netting nine in total.
Charlton have found the net 13 times in their previous two Capital Cup games, conceding just twice in the process.
They have played three home matches across two separate cup competitions, winning two and losing one.
In that time, they bagged nine goals and conceded four.
Orient’s trip to the semi-finals has seen them defeat fellow South East Division One outfits Actonians Ladies and Denham United Ladies.
The O’s made the trip to Actonians on October 22nd where goals from Ellie Davies and Leyre Bastyr saw them progress to the next stage with a 2-0 victory.
In the quarter-finals, Orient welcomed Denham United to Mile End on November 19th and orchestrated a 4-1 win. A brace from top scorer Sophie Le Marchand, plus goals from Hayley Barton and Belen Ripoll-Douton saw the O’s rewarded with an enticing London derby in the semis.
Orient captain Danielle Griffiths gave her thoughts ahead of the match:
“We are looking forward to what will be a very tough semi-final of the Capital Cup. Charlton are second in the WPL Southern Division and pushing for promotion so we know we will be the underdog, but it will be a good test for us as we hope to be competing at that level. We have matched teams from that division before and will be making every effort to do that again on Sunday.”
The O’s have not met Charlton in a competitive fixture recently but faced them during pre-season losing 4-2. This was an encouraging scoreline for the O’s against a strong side and showed they can compete against higher opposition, giving them confidence ahead of their first season in the Women’s Premier League.
Coming to the Game?
This promises to be an entertaining cup semi-final and will be a special occasion for the Orient players. If you can make the match, the team would really appreciate your support as they look to book a place in April’s final.
The game will take place this Sunday 25th February at Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ, with kick off at 2pm.