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Orient relishing Spurs cup tie
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 2 Dec 2016
FA Women's Cup News - Orient relishing Spurs cup tie - 2 Dec 2016 - Women's Football News
Leyton Orient have enjoyed a fantastic season so far and this coming Sunday, they play their biggest match to date when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the First Round proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
Leyton Orient Women's Football Club was established in the summer of 2015 when Leyton Orient FC and KIKK United agreed to rebrand KIKK, who had been founded in 2005 by two Swedes, Karin Revelj and Andrea Berg and in their decade in existence had won five promotions to move up to the top tier of the regional leagues, the London & South East Regional Women's Football League Premier Division. Leyton Orient had previously had a women's team and a successful girls' centre of excellence (with Arsenal and England striker Danielle Carter a notable graduate) until this was disbanded at the start of the decade. Several Orient players, including current first team members Jasmine Campbell and Lydia Cooper, came through that girls' academy.
Orient's promising first season in 2015-16 saw the side finish third and capture the Mayor's Cup. The O's have been on an impressive run of form in 2016 though as since March of this year, the team had won every game it had played until a 2-0 reverse against Spurs in the Capital Senior Women's Cup quarter finals a fortnight ago. That series included a remarkable sequence in which Orient won their first ten games of the 2016-17 season, all without conceding a goal.
The O's are currently top of the London & South East League Premier Division with eight wins out of eight so far and Sophie Le Marchand is the team's leading scorer with 28 goals already. With only the champions going up, Orient will be determined to try to maintain their consistency and take the title and with it promotion to the FA WPL South East Division One.
The team have played three SSE Women's FA Cup qualifying games to reach the First Round proper, defeating Writtle 3-0, Ascot United 16-0 and Cambridge City 3-1 and will be looking to achieve an upset against the unbeaten Southern Division leaders that will take them into the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Orient captain Danielle Griffiths told Women's Soccer Scene: "We have shown two weeks ago in the Capital Cup that we can match Tottenham for large portions of the game and given that our aim this season is promotion to the Premier League this is exactly where we need to be. Building upon our last performance, the key in the FA Cup game will be ensuring that we match them for the entire game and impose our playing style on Tottenham as well as frustrating their style.
"The girls played exceptionally in the Capital Cup and it will be another tough ask this week to get the win. Although we go in to the game as underdogs, we will be confident from the performances we have put in so far this season."
Winger Sophie Le Marchand, the team's top scorer with 28 goals so far this season, added: "The beauty of the FA Cup is that anything can happen. It is a one off match where the league you play in, the resources you have and previous results go out the window. We're here to compete, win our one on one battles and cause an upset. It's always dangerous to underestimate a team that has nothing to lose."
"I'm really looking forward to the game," says midfielder Lydia Cooper. "We want to compete at this level of football and are looking forward to the test. We'll give it everything we've got to try and win the match and cause an upset...after all, it is the FA Cup and anything can happen!"
Defender Olympia Diamond said: "We are ready for this next test. As a team we step up to meet each challenge head on and this game will be no different. The FA Cup game is an excellent chance to see how far we can push ourselves."

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