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Posted Tue 20 Mar 12 at 21:41 PM

Slick Dons Have Too Much For O's

Milton Keynes Dons 4 - 1 Leyton Orient
npower League 1

ORIENT slumped to defeat for the third successive away game as promotion-chasing Milton Keynes Dons proved too strong for them on Tuesday night.

Kevin Lisbie briefly gave the travelling fans something to cheer when he knocked home an equaliser with 13 minutes played, but that was also just the amount of time that Orient were on level terms with the Dons for.

Charlie MacDonald notched the opener with three minutes on the clock, and Shaun Williams' header soon re-established their lead.

Then late goals from former O Jabo Ibehre and Daniel Powell completed the scoring as Orient slipped back down to 17th in the npower League 1 table.

Orient didn't get off to the kind of start they hoped for as they found themselves behind to the first attack of the game.

Just three minutes were on the clock when Powell got the better of Leon McSweeney down the right to cut back for MacDonald, who produced a neat flick to find the net from six yards out.

However, Russell Slade's men weren't behind for long as Lisbie battled with Dean Lewington inside the Dons area on 13 minutes, forcing the home skipper to give away a corner.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce's delivery from the right was directed right underneath the crossbar, where Lisbie took advantage of goalkeeper David Martin's hesitation to knock home from right on the line.

Martin claimed he had been held, but referee Danny McDermid didn't agree and Lisbie was able to celebrate his ninth goal of the season.

There seemed to be a lack of pace to the game despite the goals inside a subdued stadiummk, but the Dons soon found themselves in front again with 23 minutes on the clock.

Midfielder Williams was the scorer this time, making a strong run into the box to meet Jay O'Shea's left wing cross with a powerful downward header that gave Paul Rachubka no chance.

Rachubka was in the action again two minutes later, getting down sharply to his right to stop O'Shea's low drive from finding the net.

Williams then drove just wide of the left hand post as the Dons began to make use of their power in midfield, with the fluidity of their movement causing the away side problems.

Still, Orient looked threatening when they managed to get forward in the opening period and Matthew Spring had a decent chance with his head on 36 when Lisbie delivered a cross from the right, but the O's skipper's effort was directed straight at Martin.

Home centre back Ian Flanagan then had to head behind for a corner from almost under his own bar after Jimmy Smith nodded a Dean Cox cross back into the danger zone, but the Dons merited their interval advantage.

After a quiet opening to the second period, Williams drew a parry from Rachubka with a fierce drive from range on 55 minutes.

Daniel Powell then had a great chance to wrap it up 18 minutes from time when the Dons worked the ball from left to right and the home man stepped inside the last challenge, but Rachubka stood up well to block.

The O's added David Mooney to their attack as they looked to get back into the contest for a second time, but they never really threatened and it was a familar face who killed off any hopes the visitors had 10 minutes from time.

Sub Ibehre was the man on the spot to knock home from close range after Rachubka half blocked from MacDonald's shot.

Then, five minutes from the end Powell heaped further misery on the Londoners when he crashed home a blistering drive from just inside the area.

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin; Kouo-Duombé, Flanagan, Lewington, Chicksen; Williams, Potter; Powell (Slane 87), O'Shea (Ibehre 68), Chadwick (Bodwitch 69); MacDonald
Subs: McLoughlin (GK), Hall

Goals: MacDonald 3, Williams 23, Ibehre 80, Powell 85

Booked: Williams

Leyton Orient: Rachubka; Forbes, Chorley, Cuthbert, McSweeney; Spring, Reed; Jimmy Smith (Mooney 60), Campbell-Ryce (Laird 70), Cox; Lisbie (Andrew 81)
Subs: Ben Youssef, Taiwo

Goal: Lisbie 13

Booked: Reed

Referee: Danny McDermid

Attendance: 6,842 (436 away)

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