Leyton Orient U18 4 – 1 Dagenham & Redbridge U18 (To watch the goals head to www.player.leytonorient.com)
Goals from Scott Kashkett, Jerome Martelli (two) and Josh Uzun helped Leyton Orient romp to a 4-1 success over Dagenham & Redbridge in the under-18s’ first match of 2014.
The O’s were able to recommence their campaign following the postponement of last week’s game at AFC Wimbledon and they responded by putting Dagenham to the sword with an accomplished performance.
Despite all the recent rain the pitch at the Whitbread Sports Ground presented a slick surface for both sides, with Orient settling into the game well. Kane Adams and Kashkett linked up well in the eighth minute to create an opportunity for Uzun, whose shot from the edge of the area was well held by Will Mannion.
But four minutes later the home side were able to celebrate an opening goal that was one to forget for Dagenham. Mannion attempted a short pass to defender James Fitchett from a goal kick that was intercepted by Martelli, and although the goalkeeper did well to save the striker’s effort, Kashkett was on hand to tap home into an empty net and make it 1-0.
Andy Edwards’ team attempted to build on the good fortune that had been presented to them, with Sam Ling millimetres away from connecting with Uzun’s inviting free kick moments later.
The O’s demonstrated good pressure in the final third to rob their opponents of possession once more, resulting in Martelli forcing Mannion into another save midway through the half.
It took the Daggers until the 38th minute to create their first meaningful chance of the match as Ayo Olukoga escaped the clutches of Sam Ling on the left before firing in a cross that made its way to Darren Foxley, but the midfielder was unable to keep his effort on goal down, as Orient had to settle for a 1-0 lead going into half time.
However it took only 10 seconds from the restart for Orient to find a spectacular second goal straight from the kick off, as Kashkett looped a pass over the Dagenham defence into the path of Martelli, who coolly lifted his shot over an on-rushing Mannion.
The Daggers appeared shell-shocked from conceding so early into the second half, but they were given a route back into the game in the 53rd minute after Alex Finney was adjudged to have brought down Jordan Sidhu in the box. The same player dusted himself off to send Charlie Grainger the wrong way and make it 2-1.
The hosts looked to restore their two-goal advantage as substitute Freddy Moncur produced a chance for Martelli, who flashed his shot wide of the post. But with 69 minutes gone the forward would not be denied again, as he collected Sandy’s angled pass before driving his right-footed shot across Mannion into the bottom corner for his second goal of the game.
Orient’s third goal seemed to kill off any hopes of a Dagenham revival and with 14 minutes remaining they were completely extinguished as Uzun made it 4-1. Full back Adams had caused the visitors plenty of problems with his marauding runs, and he again surged forward before his clipped cross found Uzun, who wonderfully directed his header past a hapless Mannion to round off the scoring.
Defender Adams was a constant thorn in Dagenham’s side, and he was pleased to have begun the New Year with a victory.
“I thought we played really well,” he said. “We managed to score four goals, including the second with which Montel (Ageymang) came up with the idea for the ball to be chipped through to Jerome (Martelli). From a personal perspective I was able to get forward a lot and put the ball in the box, which helped especially for the fourth goal.”
Orient: Charlie Grainger, Sam Ling, Kane Adams, Alex Finney (C), Jack Humphrey, Lawson Okameji, Josh Uzun (Christian Owusu, 78), Montel Ageymang (Freddy Moncur, 63), Sinclaire Sandy, Jerome Martelli, Scott Kashkett (Shola Oladipo, 69). Subs not used: Ben Bridle-Card, Nick Brown
Goals: Kashkett (12), Martelli (46, 69), Uzun (76)
Dagenham & Redbridge: Will Mannion, Charlie Yexley (C), Omari Walker, Tyler Bolton (Lewis Clark, 46), James Fitchett (Lee Hursit, 57), Montana Stewart (David Nkol, 57), Jordan Sidhu, Darren Foxley, Mason Bloomfield, Jodi Jones, Ayo Olukoga. Subs not used: Ben Crickmay, Kai Heather
Goals: Sidhu (Pen 53)