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Posted Tue 22 May 12 at 05:41 AM

Odubajo screamer seals Rochdale win

Leyton Orient 2 -1 Rochdale
npower League 1

MOSES ODUBAJO scored a screamer on his full debut as Orient finished the season with a 2-1 win over Rochdale.

Odubajo's 25-yarder gave the O's a 2-0 interval lead after Dean Cox had opened the scoring.

Dale's Reece Gray pulled one back after the break but Orient saw it through to record just their second home success of 2012.

The stand out moment was without doubt Odubajo's stunning strike on a day when O's boss Slade gave youth its chance - also handing debuts to Billy Lobjoit and Affy Obafemi from the bench in the closing stages.

With League 1 safety already assured, Orient played with an attacking freedom that yielded plenty of chances before the break.

Jimmy Smith had the first, nodding wide at the far stick after being picked out by Cox's inswinging free kick.

The Londoners thought they had taken the lead on 20 minutes when Matthew Spring clipped a cross to the far post, where Syam Ben Youssef headed goalwards.

His effort looked to cross the line but referee Stuart Attwell and his assistant disagreed, so the scoresheet remained blank.

Ben Youssef then headed wide following a Cox free kick as the chances continued to flow.

Orient eventually moved in front just after the half hour through Dean Cox, whose 16-yard drive cannoned into the ground off a defender's foot and bounced up and over a helpless Matty Edwards in the Rochdale goal.

The scene was then set for Odubajo to announce his arrival on the O's scene and he couldn't have picked a better way to do it, collecting the ball on halfway, driving inside from his berth at right back and letting fly from 25 yards with a left-footed shot that flew over Edwards and dipped into the net.

It was a stunning goal that warranted the celebration it received, with all the O's players plus the subs rushing to congratulate the youngster.

Rochdale had barely threatened, but Jamie Jones had to make a good save at the start of the second period, getting down well to his left to turn Andrew Tutte's low drive around the post.

Smith volleyed into the side netting when well placed for the O's, while Gray fired just past the post for Dale as the entertainment factor remained high.

The O's were still fairly comfortable, although they were given a tougher end to the game when the visitors got themselves back into it 15 minutes from time.

Gray was their goalscorer, skipping past Ben Chorley's challenge in the box before slipping the ball past Jones.

But Orient weren't to be denied a final day victory to at least give their supporters something to cheer from a season that has offered few highlights.

Leyton Orient: Jones; Odubajo (Forbes 85), Ben Youssef, Chorley, McSweeney; Jimmy Smith, Leacock, Spring, Cox; Campbell-Ryce (Lobjoit 69), Lisbie (Obafemi 86)
Subs: Porter, Laird

Goals: Cox 32, Odubajo 41

Rochdale: Williams; Darby, Amankwaah, Holden, Widdowson; Hackney (Adams 55), Jones, Kennedy, Tutte; Akpa Akrpo, Gray
Subs: Symes, Thomson, Lucas (GK), Byrne

Goal: Gray 75

Booked: Gray

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Attendance: 4,110 (147 away)

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