Orient played a 442 line up with Jasmine Campbell, number 16, and Ella Meadowcroft, number 22, as strikers. This was indeed a game of two halves, with three of Orient’s goals coming in the second half.
It was also a one-sided game because Orient seriously outclassed the opposition with this 4-0 win. Orient put in a lot of effort in the first half against a weak Eastbourne Town defence who were often caught out of position.
In the early stages of the game midfielder Hayley Barton picked up the ball from the defence, delivering a low cross into the box. This flustered Sarah da Silva into an own goal.
Town struggled under the pressure all through the first half. Barton and Meadowcroft personified Orient at their best. Eastbourne’s defence were repeatedly caught out of possession and there were upwards of a dozen missed Orient chances before half time. Meadowcroft was unlucky with a close shot but she spent too long on the ball, allowing the Eastbourne keeper to make a good save.
Orient’s dominance was maintained. Captain Danielle Griffiths was another stalwart. Eastbourne were consistently poor in possession. They were simply no match for their opposition. Orient were attacking at will, with the Eastbourne defence consistently off their lines.
Orient’s number 3, Connie Montiel-McCann made a speculative effort with the keeper off line. Barton then repeated Meadowcroft’s mistake, crossing when she should have gone for a goal. She was technically the best player on pitch, but seemed to lack confidence around the net.
Near the end of the first half Eastbourne got their first and only shot near the target. Then Lydia Cooper, number 7, got the ball, crossing to Barton. She wasted the shot, but an Eastbourne player nearly delivered her team’s second own goal.
Orient displayed a lot of intelligent attacking play, but missed a penalty, following a poorly timed tackle from Eastbourne.
A tired Town were going nowhere in the second half. A corner led to a long awaited second goal from Monteil for Orient. The fourth and conclusive goal came when the Eastbourne keeper spilt a cross and Meadowcroft swept the loose ball home. .