Leyton Orient 1 – 3 Scunthorpe United
npower League 1
ORIENT’S eight-game winning run came to an end at Brisbane Road on Saturday when Scunthorpe United took the points back north with a 3-1 victory.
The Iron hit the O’s with three second half goals from Christian Ribeiro, Karl Hawley and Damien Mozika, meaning npower League 1 Player of the Month Kevin Lisbie’s 79th minute penalty counted for little.
Lisbie’s strike may have sparked a comeback at 2-1, but Mozika netted immediately to kill off the O’s hopes and ensure victory for his side.
Orient named an unchanged team from last week’s victory at Bury, but they lacked the same spark in the first half, with neither goalkeeper having much to do in the opening exchanges.
It took 34 minutes for either team to shoot at goal, but when the first attempt came it wasn’t far away as Jimmy Ryan’s long range effort whistled past the post.
The same player tried his luck again from outside the box shortly afterwards and he managed to hit the target, but Ryan Allsop clung on to the ball.
Just before the interval former O’s winger Andy Barcham made a piercing run through the home midfield and laid off to Mark Duffy, whose rising drive was caught by Allsop.
Orient were better at the start of the second period and Dean Cox wasn’t far away from breaking the deadlock on 53 when he fired wide of the right hand post from 20 yards after the Iron managed to clear an O’s free kick outside the box.
Four minutes later Cox hung up a cross from the right hand side and David Mooney got his head to it, but without the required purchase as it slid wide of the mark.
Scunthorpe nipped the O’s brighter start to the second period in the bud just after the hour when Ribeiro’s run from right back went untracked as he burst into the area and Duffy picked him out to drill under Allsop.
With 69 minutes on the clock it was 2-0 and against Orient would have been disappointed with their defending as Duffy passed a simple free kick into the box for Hawley to steal a march on the O’s and guide the ball back into the far corner.
Orient had a mountain to climb but they gained a foothold when Mooney chested down a high pass in the box and Riberio stopped the ball with his hand.
Lisbie stroked the penalty home for his ninth of the season, but any momentum the hosts may have gained was immediately wiped out by a Scunthorpe third.
The Iron won a free kick down the left and Tom Newey was able to get a cross in, which dropped for Mozika to send in a shot which took a nick off an O’s man and left Allsop helpless.
And that was that as the O’s saw their best run in over half a century come to an end in frustrating circumstances.
Leyton Orient: Allsop; Odubajo, Baudry, Chorley, Sawyer; Cox, James, Rowlands (A Smith 79), Cook (McSweeney 71); Lisbie (Brunt 90), Mooney
Subs: Jones (GK), Cuthbert, Griffith, J Smith
Goal: Lisbie pen 79
Booked: Sawyer, McSweeney, Baudry
Scunthorpe: Mildenhall; Ribeiro, Reid, Canavan, Newey; Collins, Mozika; Duffy, Ryan (Djeziri 87), Barcham; Hawley
Subs: Slocombe (GK), Kennedy, Grella, Gibbons, Godden, McChrystal
Goals: Riberio 61, Hawley 69, Mozika 80
Booked: Ribeiro, Reid
Referee: Darren Deadman
Attendance: 4,942 (341 away)