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LOWFC PREVIEW: Cambridge United Women (A)

21 February 2019

The O’s women’s team return to FA Women’s National League action with a trip to Cambridge United Women this Sunday.

Orient defeated QPR Women on penalties in the Capital Cup last weekend, booking their place in the final where they will face fellow South East Division One outfit Actonians Ladies.

Chris Brayford’s side go into this match sitting fifth in the table with 21 points. They have a record of six wins, three draws and six defeats with a goal difference of 1.

This game was originally scheduled for last month however, it fell foul of the weather conditions and was subsequently rearranged.

After the jubilation of last weekend, the O’s will need to re-focus their attention on finishing the league campaign as strongly as possible.

Our Opponents

Cambridge United sit ninth in South East Division One with 14 points. They have played four less games than Orient collecting three wins, five draws and three losses.

In their last outing, the U’s edged past St. Ives Town Ladies with Mollie Coupar’s goal seeing them progress in the County Cup.

Cambridge will take confidence from the fact they have defeated Orient twice this season in league and cup respectively.

Key Players

Orient striker Suaila Cardoso Queni will be hoping to keep her place in the team after some impressive performances in recent weeks. She has started the O’s previous four matches, netting one goal in that time, and receiving much praise for her effort and application when operating as a lone striker.

As for Cambridge, Mollie Coupar has scored three goals in the U’s last five matches in league and cup competition. They have a good record against Orient and Coupar will be hoping to help her side continue that form this weekend.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient have scored in each of their last five away games.
  • The O’s are searching for their first away league victory of 2019.
  • They have gone four games without a clean sheet.
  • Cambridge have kept a clean sheet in each of their previous four home matches.
  • They have lost just one of their nine home games this season.
  • This was a 2-1 defeat to Denham United Ladies in September.

Previous Encounters

Cambridge have proven a difficult side for Orient to overcome with the U’s winning the previous two encounters between the teams this season.

They visited Mile End on 26th August where Becky Shephard added to Kelley Blanchflower’s brace subjecting the O’s to a 3-0 defeat in the league.

Orient made the journey to Mildenhall in the FA Women’s National League Cup on 28th October where Emma Jenkins’ hat-trick saw Cambridge win by the same score-line.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the game, captain Danielle Griffiths wants Orient to be inspired after progressing to the Capital Cup final last weekend:

“The result on Sunday in the cup semi-final came off the back of some very good performances and was deserved. It is now important that those high standards of performance are maintained for the remainder of the season. We came away disappointed last time we went to Cambridge in the cup and are desperate to rectify that this week in the league.”

Coming to the Game?

If you are making the trip north, the match will take place this Sunday 24th February at Mildenhall Town Football Club, IP28 7HG with kick-off at 14:00.


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