Leyton Orient

So, the big news of the autumn is that KIKK United have a new identity as Leyton Orient WFC.  Read more about it in the official Leyton Orient press release and, in the weeks to come, on the Orient website and other media outlets.  In the meantime our fixtures and results are on the FA’s Full-Time system here.

It has been a marvellous and memorable eleven years as KIKK and we’ll miss being known as such but it is fantastic to be part of the Orient family and have their support and hopefully there’ll be many more great memories to come as the club try to ascend to the top of the women’s football pyramid!

If you’re interested in playing for, or working with, us then please do get in touch. You can contact the club at leytonorientwfc@gmail.com.

So, after a fantastic World Cup in Canada, it is time to put your boots on again as KIKK’s preparation for the 2015-16 promotion push to the FA WPL is about to begin! The first pre-season session is this Wednesday, July 8 on the new 3G at Stepney Green (less than 5 minutes walk from Whitechapel or Stepney Green tube stations or less than 10 minutes from Limehouse). If you’re interested in playing for KIKK this year then contact us at kikkunited@gmail.com and we look forward to seeing everyone, refreshed and raring to go after the summer break, in the weeks to come!

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Sophie celebrates KIKK's second vs CA

A fine 3-2 victory over Carshalton Athletic means KIKK are through to the semi-finals of the LSERWFL League Cup.  The team outplayed Carshalton, who are flying high in the league having lost just once this season, and were unlucky not to be comfortably ahead in the first half with skipper Leesa hitting bar and post and with the four Ls (or five if you include winger Sophie L…ok, no) dominating the midfield.  With the defence winning everything and building bravely from the back, it was good stuff to watch.  Carshalton had shown an ability to break at pace, however, and with just a few minutes of the half left, a clever clip from Carshalton’s Laura Curtis put KIKK 1-0 down. The lead lasted less than a minute as Danni’s fine far post corner was met by an well-timed downward header from Leesa that beat the keeper on the bounce and the sides went into the break level. KIKK were playing some lovely football and started the second half at a breathless clip. First Sophie L cut sharply inside from the right, left her full-back swinging at space and with a powerful left-foot strike made it 2-1. Not long later, an adept through-ball sent Hayley clean through and she capped a superb full debut with an ice-cool side-foot finish (pictured below)! A penalty for Carshalton with four minutes to go, and some unsavoury fouls and incidents in the second-half, could not take the gloss off an excellent and well deserved win.

KIKK now play Old Actonians in the semi-final on March 29.

Hayley makes it 3-1

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KIKK went out of the Capital Cup-Senior at the quarter-final stage in frustrating fashion on Sunday.  The match had been postponed three times already causing it to be re-arranged to a home tie at Mile End Park Stadium but injuries and absences meant that when the game finally went ahead, KIKK ran out missing numerous influential players. That situation was compounded when with just five minutes gone, two robust challenges meant that both substitutes were immediately called upon due to match-ending injuries. Both newcomers played admirably and with some fine performances, KIKK more than matched their opponents from the WPL (two divisions above) but a couple of defensive mis-communications, the second with the referee’s half-time whistle already at his lips, left the team too much to do in the second half to pull the game back, though they certainly sought to take the game to their opposition in style. QPR have some talented individuals but did not really impress as a team and you couldn’t help but feel that had their Premiership opponents encountered the same eleven with a few more collective games under their belt or the return of some of their missing stars, this might well have been a different outcome!

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QPR now go on to play West Ham in the Capital Cup-Senior semi-finals.

KIKK return to league action with an away trip to Maidstone United.

KIKK were in good form on their sea-side trip to Sussex and secured a deserved 4-1 win against newly promoted Bexhill United.  Four fine goals were the difference – click on the links for video clips of Sophie L’s first half goal to put KIKK one up and Marsha’s second half finish to close out the game. Sadly there is no video of Tara’s absolute rocket on the half-volley from outside the area or Danni’s magnificent free-kick so you will just have to trust that these would have had the Match of the Day goal of the month awards sewn up! The win is a welcome boost after a couple of frustrating games where improbable defeats were conjured up from what seemed almost certain victories. Hopefully this will be the start of a good run therefore – KIKK are next in action on October 5 when they play Hassocks at home at Mile End Stadium.

KIKK’s development team, KIKK Talang, started their promotion campaign in the Greater London Women’s Football League with a 1-0 win over East London Ladies. The win would have potentially been more comfortable but for some unfortunate late drop-outs leaving the team short: Mahaut’s goal was enough to decide the game though and get the team off to the perfect start…

This week, the team are at home against Alexandra Park.

 

KIKK Talang pictured before one of last season's games

KIKK Talang pictured before one of last season’s games

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Today saw the draws made for the FA Women’s Cup and the Capital Cup – Senior.  In the FA Cup, KIKK have been given a home preliminary round tie against Barking of the Eastern Region Premier League to be played next Sunday, September 7. The winners of that tie will play Sherrardswood from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire CGWFL in the first qualifying round on October 12.  In the Capital Cup, KIKK will be away against QPR, who beat them in last year’s semi-final (and who were SE Combination champions last season and so now ply their trade in the FA Women’s Premiership South).

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Top row (left to right): C.Lopez Guevara, T.O’Halloran, N.Stirling, L.Cooper, L.Haydock, C.Montiel-McCann, S.Fagbohun, L.Nunes Bottom row (left to right): D.Griffiths, E.Hill, S.Muller, A.Moya, A.Gardiner, S.Wan, T.Chudoba

KIKK’s first game was on Sunday, August 24, against AFC Wimbledon.  Just back from her round the world trip, Connie has kindly “volunteered” to write the match report…

KIKK’s first match of the season was against a free-spending, revamped AFC Wimbledon side (rumours the west London club is now backed by a multi-billionaire oil digger are unconfirmed). KIKK gave full debuts to six new players, won over not by money or expenses or gold, but by the promise of good football, our charms and a love for Scandinavia they didn’t even know they had. However the most significant change this season is the fact that if you are last to arrive on the pitch, you now have to do a match report…
During the pre-match build up, the Mile End faithful could have been forgiven for believing a divide in the team had formed, as the midfield and Sophie M mingled in the centre of the pitch. However the back four, and goalkeeper Laura, showed no signs of caring as we bonded with high fives and our own, better conversations. Once the match was underway there were no sign of any such divisions as the midfield and Sophie M worked their socks off to control the tempo of the game. The start of the match was notable for a couple of wonderful saves by debutant Laura, however it was not all one way traffic and when someone with a blonde ponytail (almost certainly debutant Cynthia), played a magnificent through ball picking out Sophie M’s diagonal run, she calmly slotted home. 1-0 KIKK.
Both teams were struggling to find a rhythm when Wimbledon drove a low cross into the box. KIKK didn’t clear their lines and the Wimbledon player picked her spot for the equaliser. KIKK almost retook the lead before half time with some typically sharp inter-passing working an opportunity for Simone in space. She forced a fine save from a tight angle as the half ended 1-1.
Chris’s half time talk rallied the team (and almost certainly confused the Spaniards) and KIKK had barely perfected their pre- kick off huddle when Sophie M secured her second of the match, restoring KIKK’s lead. (Just to confirm the huddle is concluded with “1,2,3 KIKK” and an UPward arm motion). The goal came with a sharp, swift move when another blonde ponytail (I think Lydia) played in Sim who fired the ball goalwards leaving Sophie to tap in. 2-1 KIKK.
The team’s spirit and work rate was epitomised by Sophie M’s third goal as she stole the ball back and slalomed through the defence until she was through on goal and calmly slotted the ball home to give KIKK a 3-1 advantage. Since the match she has kindly promised to score a hat-trick every week for the entire season. Thanks, Sophie!  KIKK were well on top now and had a flurry of chances to close out the game with further goals however with 10 minutes left a free kick was conceded in a wide position. Maybe KIKK’s yellow shirts confused her into thinking she was a Brazilian defender, maybe she still thought she was in Brazil watching rather than playing football, or maybe she just saw something shiny, but Connie failed to move with her player for the free kick and Wimbledon pulled one back.
The final few minutes were unsurprisingly a bit nervy after that but KIKK defended well under Danni’s masterful command, and the team held on for a winning start to the season. Although the best football is still to come, with so much new and old talent and with the work rate displayed today, maybe this will indeed be KIKK’s year. The last Muller to score a hat-trick in the first match was Thomas and he went on to win the World Cup… This is clearly a sign that we will win the league and therefore should plan a celebratory trip to Brazil.  And possibly also that Sophie Muller may in fact be from Bavaria rather than London. Either way, it all bodes well for the season!

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So, as if it wasn’t a good enough footballing summer already with the best World Cup in a long while, KIKK pre-season is upon us! The main sessions are every Thursday at 8.30pm on the astroturf pitch at Mile End Stadium – a map to find the pitch is here.

Pre-season friendly matches start early in August so now is the time to hone fitness and put the preparation in ready for the start of the new season on Sunday, August 24…

If you’re interested in potentially playing for KIKK then do get in touch as both KIKK United and KIKK Talang (our development team) welcome new players! You can contact us at kikkunited@gmail.com

QPR ended KIKK’s Capital Cup run in the semi-final with a solid victory, albeit the score somewhat belied the game: in particular KIKK will rue conceding the critical first goal a minute before half-time. See for yourself how the team performed against the eventual South-East Combination champions with the full video of the game (thanks to QPR’s official cameraperson for the footage). Charlton beat QPR 2-1 in the final in April to become the first holders of the Capital Cup.

QPR vs KIKK – first half-hour

QPR vs KIKK – middle half-hour

QPR vs KIKK – final half-hour 

 

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