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REPORT: Woking 0-2 Orient

Posted: Tue 19 Jul 2016
Author: leytonorient.com
Second half goals from Dean Cox and Paul McCallum ensured Orient picked up a 2-0 pre-season win at National League side Woking.

After a goalless first period, the O’s turned the screw in the second, with Cox proving lively throughout, firstly firing home from just outside the box and then supplying McCallum to double the O’s advantage.

After a cagey opening few minutes, the first chance fell to the hosts when Jake Caprice curled a free-kick into the side netting, before the O’s mounted a quick breakaway with Sandro Semedo, but he played the ball to Josh Koroma and though he applied the finishing touch, the effort was ruled out for offside.

Woking were posing a threat but the O’s defence were alert and Sean Clohessy did well to deny Delano Sam-Yorke a shot on goal.

Koroma proved to be in the thick of action and was denied the opener when his deflected effort was well pushed behind by Woking goalkeeper Brandon Hall. 

Seven changes were made by the O’s at the break, and it was Orient who had the first chance of the half as McCallum worked a little bit of space just outside the box but he dragged his effort wide.

Just after the hour Armand Gnanduillet rose highest to glance a header narrowly wide following Clohessy’s goal, but five minutes the O’s were in front.

Dean Cox, having come on at the break, collected the ball on the edge of the area before unleashing a precise shot into the far corner of the net to break the deadlock.

The lead was almost shortlived though as a quick breakaway from the hosts allowed Charlie Penny a clear opportunity on goal, however, the striker slotted his effort wide of the target with just Grainger to beat.

Orient began to turn the screw though and it was the ACL buddies who combined to good effect with Cox searching out McCallum who then did the rest with a finish across goal and into the bottom corner. 

A good move involving Moncur, McCallum and Gnanduillet almost resulted in a third, but Cards goalkeeper Hall saved the latter’s effort with his feet.

Cox, who was enjoying a great second half, was almost a provider once again when he found McCallum once more, but the striker was adjudged to be offside as he headed it goalwards.

The striker was then found once more with a lovely ball across from Kelly but this time his header struck the bar as Orient ended the game in good form.