Peterborough United U18 3-2 Leyton Orient U18 12.4.14
Leyton Orient U18s were on the wrong side of a comeback as Peterborough United recovered from a 2-0 deficit to prevail 3-2 winners.
An industrious first half saw Orient deservedly enter the break two goals to the good through efforts from Sinclaire Sandy and Scott Kashket, but a fight back from the hosts that included two goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half condemned the O’s to defeat in their final league encounter of the season.
Orient were uncharacteristically slow in getting up to speed during the early moments, and they could’ve found themselves a goal behind after only two minutes when Charlie Collinson headed Joe Burgess’s cross narrowly wide.
Not long after their blushes were spared by Jermaine Anderson, who somehow headed over from two yards out following good build-up play from Robert Duggan. Duggan himself would then force goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card into a low save as Posh continued to up the ante.
But having failed to make their early advantage pay dividends the home side began to come under pressure from an improving Orient. Josh Uzun’s 11th minute free kick picked out Sam Ling, but the defender flashed his header wide.
The visitors again threatened through half-chances from Kashket and Uzun. But soon after they would take the lead thanks to Sandy. The forward did well to dispossess Tom Conlon in midfield and exchange passes with Kashket before stroking the ball past Dion Henry at his near post.
It was nearly a quick-fire double for Orient as Uzun managed to wriggle his way into the box almost immediately after the restart, but Orient’s top scorer was thwarted well by Henry.
With their stuttering start now a distant memory the O’s continued to play some delightful football that led to them doubling their lead in the 23rd minute. Andys Nikolau’s searching pass picked out Sandy, who returned the favour to Kashket by playing him through on goal, and Orient’s other striker made no mistake by slotting the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Peterborough appeared shell-shocked with their predicament, and the away side could easily have entered the break with a bigger advantage but for Kashket shooting agonisingly wide after good work from Freddy Moncur.
Having been summoned out early for the second half the home side found a route back into the match on 47 minutes. Orient failed to deal with a Peterborough corner and the ball would eventually fall to Jermaine Anderson on the edge of the box, whose deflected shot flew past Bridle-Card.
Amazingly United then found themselves level a minute later to leave the visitors in disbelief. Jonathan Edwards found himself in space in the final third, and he cut inside Jaydon Thorbourne before his curling shot sailed into the net.
After seemingly having a mountain to climb Peterborough now had their tails up, and they would complete the comeback in the 64th minute. Substitute Nick Brown’s low pass was intercepted by Colon, whose through pass allowed Edwards to fire a fizzing shot past Bridle-Card for what turned out to be the winner.
Midfielder Montel Ageymang summed up the mood in the squad after the match.
“It’s disappointing to end the season with defeat, especially after putting ourselves in a strong position,” he said.
“We needed to be aware of the threat they were likely to pose at the start of the second half as they were going to be looking to get back into the game. That’s perhaps where game management comes into play, so we’ll have to take this on board and learn from it.”
Orient: Ben Bridle-Card, Sam Ling (C), Jaydon Thorbourne (Kane Adams, 71), Lawson Okameji (Nick Brown, 62), Andys Nikolau, Alex Finney, Freddy Moncur (Shola Oladipo, 82), Montel, Sinclaire Sandy, Scott Kashket, Josh Uzun. Subs not used: Jack Humphrey, Kane Adams, Shola Oladipo, Nick Brown, Sandro Semedo
Goals: Sandy (19), Kashket (23)
Peterborough United: Dion Henry, Joe Burgess (C), Oliver Luto, Tom Conlon, James Ward, Liam Marshall, Jermaine Anderson, Robert Duggan, Jonathan Edwards, Harry Anderson (Leonardo Da Silva Lopez, 82), Charlie Collinson. Subs not used: Devpomne Longa Longa, Ty Phillips
Goals: J Anderson (47), Edwards (48, 64)
Bookings: Conlon, Luto, Edwards