Northampton Town U18 2 – 3 Leyton Orient U18
FL Youth Alliance SE Conference
ORIENT’S youth team returned to winning ways with a fine come-from-behind victory at Northampton Town on Saturday.
The O’s got off to a strong start but had to recover from falling 2-1 down before prevailing by the odd goal in five.
Affy Obafemi was once again in top form, notching another brace as the O’s kept pace with table-topping Watford.
The O’s began on the front foot, moving into the lead in the first attack of the game.
Rob Nash’s set piece delivery proved key, with the second year scholar picking out Obafemi for the striker to power a header into the net.
For a while it looked as though the O’s would run away with the contest as they continued to create a number of chances.
Sean Grace went close with a header that thundered against the underside of the crossbar, and the O’s appeals that the ball crossed the line as it bounced down fell on deaf ears.
Then Harrison Georgiou was denied by a good save from the home goalkeeper when he found himself in a one-on-one situation.
Harry Lee also had a chance, driving just the wrong side of the post from 20 yards, but the early pattern of Orient forcing the issue was to turn around before the break.
Northampton took advantage of a mistake from the visitors as they looked to play out from the back to level the scores and another defensive lapse let them in for a second.
This time they switched off from a throw in, allowing the hosts a shooting chance from 20 yards, and a deflection gave Luke Bartlett in the O’s goal no chance.
Orient displayed patience after the interval to claw their way back into the game and Sinclaire Sandy got on the end of a George Wickings pass to score from just outside the box.
With the game now locked at 2-2, Orient continued to look for a winner and they were rewarded eight minutes from the end thanks to their in-form striker.
Again it was a Nash dead ball that led to the opportunity as his cross from the left hand side was driven back across goal by Grace, and there was Obafemi to ghost in and notch the decisive fifth goal of the game.
It was Obafemi’s eighth goal from four youth team matches this season and it gave the under-18s their fourth victory from six starts in 2012/13.
Orient: Luke Bartlett; De’Reece Vanderhyde, Andis Nikolaou, Sean Grace (Josh Uzun 80), Joe Foley (Kevin Kwarteng 5); Rob Nash, Harry Lee; Sinclaire Sandy, Harrison Georgiou (Lawson Okimeji 88), George Wickings; Affy Obafemi