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Report: LOFC Women 2-1 South London WFC Reserves

Leyton Orient Women came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over South London Women’s Reserves in the Sue Sharples Cup.

The O’s fell behind at the break but goals from Manley and Malik completed the comeback, in a game that could have seen even more goals.

O stopper Durojaiye was called into action early on, stepping away from his line to prevent the forward advance and halting a promising attack.

This gave the opportunity to Manley, who went close twice; the first shot into the side net, before his next effort a few minutes later was well stopped by the opposing goalkeeper.

The game saw chances open up at either end, and before long the visitors found themselves in front.

After a good initial save from Durojaiye, the rebound fell on a light blue shirt, and it was converted to put the South London Women ahead ten minutes before half-time,

The O’s were undeterred, however, and almost equalized very quickly, after some great work from Malik that saw her pick Copeland on the edge of the box.

Copeland hit well, with her weak effort looking aimed for the bottom corner – but bounced off the post instead and was cleared.

Half-time: Leyton Orient Women 0-1 South London Women’s Reserves

The second half saw Orient pick up where they left off, knocking on the door to force the equaliser.

A dangerous set piece from Malik finally landed at Alexander’s feet, but his half-volley was over the bar.

With the pressure building, the O’s finally found their first goal of the match, with Manley, who had been sprightly, knocking into the back of the net.

It was a calm and assured finish, which saw her stay calm in the box, before propelling her to the right of the keeper, giving her no chance.

Orient thought the comeback was complete on the 75and minute, as Wilson drilled it from close range, but the referee gave the O a foul in the build-up.

The wind was not cut off from the sails however, and on the next attack the O’s took the lead.

A through pass from Alexandre found the indefatigable Malik, who had been everywhere.

Malik took it on his way, before executing a deft finish, lifting it over the goalkeeper and into the net.

The visitors threatened once again, with a half-volley whistling past the post, but the O’s were solid and saw victory comfortably.


Leyton Orient: Durojaiye, Alexander, Worsfold, Stanbrook, Williams-Peart, Ellison, Corradi, Manley, Malik, Copeland, Livi.

Replacements: Wilson, Grigoras, Curtis.

Goals: Manley, Malik