Leyton Orient’s women’s team smashed Crawley Wasps 5-1, as Abu Kamara reports.
Last-week’s player of the match last week Jasmine Campbell scored a brace to keep her good form going, with the other goals coming from Sophie Le Marchand, Hayley Barton and Ella Meadowcroft.
The O’s went into this game buzzing from last week’s victory against Herne Bay, and started very brightly, with the front two of Belen Ripoll Douton and Campbell too much for the Wasps’ defence to deal with.
Within the first 10 minutes the O’s had goals disallowed with the offside decision going against them.
However Orient persevered and were rewarded with a goal when Campbell was fouled on the left flank. Danielle Griffiths put in a great free kick which was headed back across goal by Campbell into the path of Le Marchand who finished with a header at the back post.
The second goal followed shortly after. Wasps were once again unable to cope with Campbell’s strength and conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Griffiths took it and found the head of Campbell who deftly flicked the ball over the head of the Crawley keeper.
Crawley continued to try and upset the flow of the O’s play and succeeded when a lapse of concentration from the Orient defence gave Crawley’s Carter a chance to shoot from the edge of the box to make it 2-1.
Orient responded almost immediately from the restart. Lydia Cooper played a great pass into the path of Campbell who found herself through on goal and she calmly placed the ball in the back of the net to make it 3-1.
Orient started the second half confidently. Substitute Barton did not have to wait too long for chance to get on the score sheet. Her volleyed strike from the right hand corner of the box thundered into the left corner of the net for what has to be one of the contenders for goal of the season.
Orient put the game away once and for all when Barton put a fantastic first time cross into the path of debutant Meadowcroft who came off the bench to open her scoring account for the Club and make it 5-1.
On the day Orient were by far the better team and the score line tells the story. Next for the O’s are Bexhill, and the Reds will be aiming to keep their winning run going.