The O’s women’s team will be hoping to book their place in the Isthmian Cup final when they travel to Enfield Town Ladies in the semi-finals this Wednesday night.
Orient progressed to this stage with a 6-1 victory over Worthing Town Ladies in December. Chanel Richards, Rebecca Hirst and Suaila Cardoso Queni added to Lisa Holmback’s hat-trick.
Chris Brayford’s side go into this game full of confidence after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Cambridge United Women in the FA Women’s National League on Sunday.
Amber Cantwell put the U’s ahead on the stroke of half-time, but Sophie Le Marchand replied instantly with the O’s next attack.
With twenty minutes remaining, Suaila Cardoso Queni latched onto Egle Trezzi’s pass before lofting the ball into the net and securing all three points for the O’s.
This cup semi-final is an all-South East Division One affair as Orient sit fourth with 24 points from their 16 league matches.
As for Enfield, they sit just one place and one point behind the O’s in fifth with 23 points from 15 league games.
Last week, they were held to a goalless draw against bottom club Luton Town Ladies on home turf.
Town reached the semi-final stage of the Isthmian Cup with an emphatic 9-0 victory over Tonbridge Angels Ladies on January 9th.
This will be their fourth consecutive home match in February, while it is Orient’s fourth straight game on the road.
Orient striker Suaila Cardoso Queni is becoming a regular one to watch after finding form in front of goal and showing a consistent work ethic for the team. She has scored two goals in her previous two starts for the O’s and is pushing to stake her claim as the first-choice striker.
Enfield’s Eliza Diaz has two goals in three games for the hosts this month. Her first came in the 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town Ladies on 3rd February, before she netted during the 2-2 draw with Billericay Town Ladies a week later.
A Look at the Stats
- Orient have won four of their six away games in cup competition this season.
- They have scored in six of their seven matches since the turn of the year.
- However, they have gone five games without a clean sheet.
- Enfield are unbeaten in 2019 with one win and four draws in the league.
- Town have scored five and conceded three in their previous three home games.
- They have kept two clean sheets from five matches since the 6th January 2019.
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.
Speaking after the victory at Cambridge, midfielder Egle Trezzi believes her side can rise to the occasion against Enfield:
“I think we’re all up for it. We’re going in strong from the last performances that were good. I hope we are going to continue performing the way we performed today and in the other semi-final against QPR.
“We feel confident, we’re up for it, we’re hungry and that is the most important thing for us. We showed today that we can impose ourselves, lead the game, establish ourselves and then win it.”
Coming to the Game?
If you are making the trip to Enfield, the match will take place this Wednesday 27th February at Donkey Lane, Off Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, EN1 3PL with kick-off at 20:00.