Leyton Orient Advanced Soccer Schools (LOASS) Under-13s have won the Waltham Forest Girls Cup

LOASS Under-13s lift the Waltham Forest Girls Cup

LOASS Under-13s lift the Waltham Forest Girls Cup

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Leyton Orient Advanced Soccer School (LOASS) Under-13s lifted the Waltham Forest Girls Cup, which they hosted at Drapers Field, in the shadow of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The tournament, which was held as part of the 'KEEP IT ALIVE' Olympic legacy campaign from the mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Terry Wheeler, saw LOASS come out on top against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies and Birmingham United FC from Michigan, USA.

LOASS' first match of the tournament pitched them against the American side, who were quickly on the back foot as LOASS started in menacing fashion.

The lead was LOASS' when Aaliyah Boyea and Ciara Gavin combined well to release Ellie Barra-Gilbert, who slotted home from close range.

The second goal arrived when Boyea tore down the left flank once more before beating two Birmingham defenders and firing home.

Fierce rivals Spurs were then dispatched 1-0 in LOASS' second match of competition, with Boyea scoring the decisive goal with a spectacular 20-yard effort.

Head coach Athena Yennaris said: "The experience the girls get playing teams from different countries is brilliant considering a lot of our girls have aspirations to study and play in the USA and Canada.

"The games are always competitive and thoroughly enjoyable and the technical abilities on display are of a really high level."

LOASS FC Girls hope to tour Canada at the end of the season to coincide with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Ben Aldeen, club secretary, said: "Events like the one we just witnessed further enhance the profile of LOASS FC Girls and female football as a whole. We see it as another part of player development and the inclusion of teams from other parts of the world will only add to that development."

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