Youth Alliance Cup
Leyton Orient U18 0 – 2 Dagenham & Redbridge U18
Goals in either half from Thomas Gogo and Mason Bloomfield condemned Leyton Orient U18’s to a 2-0 home defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge in the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday.
This was the second time in three weeks that both sides had met, and it was the visitors who struck first as early as the fourth minute after Charlie Yexley’s low cross picked out Gogo on the edge of the area, and the striker directed his shot past goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card.
The O’s were slow in getting up to speed but they began to pose a threat to Dagenham soon after, with Josh Uzun’s shot parried by Tristan Martinsen in the 12th minute. The same player also came close from a free kick moments later that just failed to dip in time.
The Daggers continued to give the hosts cause for thought in their own right and it took a smart save from Bridle-Card to deny Gogo from doubling his and Dagenham’s tally on the half hour mark.
The home side’s best opportunity of the half occurred in the 40th minute as Uzun’s smart pass released Elyon Egbeku, but the striker’s shot was fired straight at Martinsen.
The start of the second half mirrored that of the first with Orient again sluggish out of the starting blocks, and it took a wonderful recovery tackle from Andis Nikolau five minutes in to deflect Bloomfield’s shot for a corner as the Dagenham number nine bore down on Bridle-Card’s goal.
The O’s were soon enjoying their best period of possession during the game as their high pressing also denied the away side space, and they were nearly on level terms but substitute Freddy Moncur’s 63rd minute shot flew just wide of the target.
Though despite appearing the more dangerous team at that moment Orient then found themselves two goals down four minutes later after Nathan Ferguson’s speculative 30-yard shot was fumbled by Bridle-Card, and Bloomfield reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball and fire home.
Orient continued to push forward, with Moncur doing extremely well to work space on the left for a fabulous cross, but Sinclaire Sandy couldn’t work Martinsen with his header. Alex Finney then followed suit in the 86th minute when he connected with Uzun’s corner, but once again it failed to test Martinsen.
The Dagenham stopper did have to be alert in the 90th minute when another great delivery from Uzun found the head of Nikolau, but he was equal to the defender’s hearder, as the O’s were forced to settle for defeat.
“We didn’t play to our full potential during the first half,” concluded Uzun. “Although the second half was better the two goals we conceded cost us in the end, but we will try and bounce back next week at Portsmouth and get a result.”
Orient: Ben Bridle-Card, Sam Ling (Cameron Kelly, 46), Alex Finney (C), Andis Nikolau, Jack Humphrey, Lawson Okameji, Montel Ageymang, Josh Uzun, Sinclaire Sandy (Shola Oladipo, 79), Scott Kashkett (Freddy Moncur, 56), Elyon Egbeku. Subs not used: Nick Brown, Kane Adams
Dagenham & Redbridge: Tristan Martinsen, Charlie Yexley, Lewis Clark, Kurtis Pykes (C), Montana Stewart, James Fitchett, Jordan Sidhu (Omari Walker, 71), Nathan Ferguson, Mason Bloomfield, Thomas Gogo, Ayo Olukoga. Subs not used: Ben Crickmay, Tyler Bolton, Harrison Tweddell, Louis Bircham
Goals: Gogo (4), Bloomfield (67)