Leyton Orient U18 3 – 2 Dagenham & Redbridge U18
FL Youth Alliance Cup Group 4
ORIENT secured their first win in the group stage of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday, sneaking home against Dagenham & Redbridge by the odd goal in five.
The O’s were never behind in an entertaining clash at their Woodford Green home, as they gained revenge for the league defeat they suffered to the Daggers in September – the only league loss inflicted on Andy Edwards’ side this season.
Edwards sent the O’s out with an emphasis on retaining possession following defeat to Gillingham in their last outing two weeks previously, and his charges responded well as they begun on the front foot with centre half Sean Grace having a shot blocked from a corner.
Then, with 20 minutes on the clock, the O’s opened the scoring in spectacular style, Harry Lee finding the top right corner with a stunning free kick from 30 yards.
The O’s continued to look untroubled at the back, but they paid the penalty for switching off from a corner 10 minutes before the interval when the Dagenham man was left free to volley home at the far post.
It was 1-1 at the break, but Orient didn’t have to wait long after the restart to re-take the lead, as they won possession right from Dagenham’s kick-off, Rob Nash drove forcefully at the visitors’ backline and beat three men before slipping Harrison Georgiou in for a delicate finish.
Kevin Kwarteng then went close with a couple of tremendous efforts, thundering one against the underside of the crossbar with the outside of his foot, before sending another whistling just past the post.
The O’s took a giant step towards all three points eight minutes from time when De’Reece Vanderhyde’s long throw wasn’t dealt with effectively by the away defence, and George Wickings was in the right place to profit.
Dagenham pulled one back two minutes later following a break down the right hand side, but Orient saw out the remaining time to register their first cup points of the campaign.
Orient: Liam Priestley; De’Reece Vanderhyde, Sean Grace, Andis Nikolaou, Kevin Kwarteng; Rob Nash, Harry Lee, Josh Uzun (Kash Small 65); George Wickings, Sinclaire Sandy, Harrison Georgiou