Orient Women thrashed Tower Hamlets 6-0 to win the Mayor’s Trophy, as Abu Kamara reports.
Still undefeated in their new red kit Leyton Orient Women took on Tower Hamlets in the Mayor’s Cup final in a chance to win their first silverware of the season – and they delivered with an emphatic 6-0 victory,
Belen Ripoll-Douton scored a hat trick with further goals from captain and centre back Danielle Griffiths (2) and player of the match Ella Meadowcroft deservedly getting her name on the scoresheet.
This was the first time Leyton Orient has taken part in this competition. The O’s, who are two divisions above their opponents, started the game confidently and soon took the lead.
Ripoll-Douton opened the scoring when she seized on a through ball over the top of the Hamlet defence to find herself clear on goal. She easily converted to give her side the lead on four minutes.
The O’s class really started to show their class as the game went on and it was no surprise when Ella Meadowcroft extended the lead to 2-0 five minutes after the opener.
After a great cross from Hayley Barton on the right hand side of the area, the ball landed right on Meadowcroft’s foot in the six yard box and it was simple tap in for her to score.
Eleven minutes later captain Danielle Griffiths got her first of the day and Orient’s third. The ball came over from a great indirect free kick and Griffiths rose high to score with a fine header.
Just before halftime Ripoll-Douton got her second of the game and Orient’s fourth, after a great cross from Sophie Le Marchand. There was a goal mouth scramble but Ripoll-Douton manged to stay cool enough to place it home.
The second half could not match the first for entertainment, with Orient not in any rush to add to their comfortable 4-0 lead,
The O’s eventually did eventually extend their advantage on 50 minutes with another goal from Ripoll-Douton to make it 5-0 Orient.
It was the captain Griffiths who completed the victory five minutes from time, as found herself at the edge of the Hamlet box, took aim and fired home.
Orient had been in control of the game from the first whistle till the last and unfortunately for Hamlets they simply did not have the quality to cope with them.