The O’s women’s team will be hoping to take one step closer to silverware when they travel to Enfield Town Ladies in the Isthmian Cup semi-finals this Wednesday evening.
Orient entered the competition for the first time this season, travelling to Worthing Town Ladies in the previous round where they emerged 6-1 victors.
Lisa Holmback’s hat-trick was added to by Chanel Richards, Rebecca Hirst scored directly from a corner, while Suaila Cardoso Queni opened her account for the first team.
Chris Brayford’s side face a hectic fixture schedule with four games inside 12 days, before finishing the month with their re-arranged league encounter at Cambridge United Women.
They sit fifth in South East Division One with 21 points, level with their midweek cup opponents, Enfield.
Enfield Town have enjoyed a positive league campaign, occupying fourth place in the division, ahead of Orient only on goal difference.
On Sunday, they saw off Ipswich Town Ladies 3-1 thanks to goals from Molly Peters, Eliza Diaz and Sheryce Slater.
Town reached the semi-final stage of the Isthmian Cup with an emphatic 9-0 victory over Tonbridge Angels Ladies on January 9th.
Those who impressed for Orient at the quarter-final stage will be eager to keep their places in the starting line-up for the trip to north London.
Lisa Holmback was on the scoresheet again in their previous encounter against Crawley Wasps, while Suaila Cardoso Queni earned the Opposition’s Player of the Match award.
As for Enfield, they will be looking to the likes of Danielle Smith and Nuala McKevitt for inspiration in front of goal.
Smith netted in the 2-2 draw with Norwich City Ladies on January 13th, while McKevitt bagged a brace in the 4-1 victory over QPR Girls FC (U18) in the County Cup on 18th November.
A Look at the Stats
- Orient have scored 25 goals in five cup matches this season.
- The O’s have netted five or more goals in four of those games.
- However, they have yet to achieve a clean sheet in cup competition.
- Enfield have scored two or more goals in their previous two matches.
- Prior to this, they went three consecutive games without scoring.
- Town are without a clean sheet in their previous three home games.
Orient welcomed Enfield to Mile End Stadium in the FA Women’s National League on Remembrance Sunday in November.
Robyn Reardon’s own goal gave Orient the lead on 12 minutes, before two quick-fire strikes from Tara O’Halloran and Hayley Barton put the O’s 3-0 ahead at the break.
Chanel Richards bagged a second half brace to secure Orient their biggest league victory of the season.
Ahead of the match, winger Sophie Le Marchand expressed excitement at the occasion while emphasising the team’s desire to win a trophy:
“Wednesday’s semi-final is a massive game for us. We’re all hungry to bring some silverware to the club this season and this is the first of two chances we have to get to a cup final. We know Enfield are a well organised outfit, but if we keep our shape and get the ball as often as possible to our talented attackers, we will create a plethora of chances.
“All of the squad love the excitement that a midweek game under the floodlights brings. I anticipate that we’ll be seriously fired up and hoping to put the Enfield goal under relentless pressure right from the off.”
Coming to the Game?
If you are making the trip to Enfield, the match will take place this Wednesday 6th February at Donkey Lane, Off Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, EN1 3PL with kick-off at 20:00.