Leyton Orient U18’s produced a scintillating first half performance as they brushed aside AFC Wimbledon 3-0.
Captain Sam Ling headed the O’s in front on the 16th minute before Victor Adeboyejo added a brace, first with a brilliant strike from the edge of the area and then providing the finishing touch to a well worked free-kick.
From the first whistle, Orient started on the front foot as they dominated possession in the Wimbledon half and had an early penalty shout when Scott Kashket appeared to be brought down inside the box but any appeals were quickly waved away.
Despite not being awarded the spot kick, the O’s continued to push forward and deservedly took the lead on the 16th minute when Sam Ling ghosted in at the back post to head Freddy Moncur’s corner past Wimbledon goalkeeper Billy Bishop.
Moncur was again the provider as Orient doubled their lead six minutes later when he picked out Victor Adeboyejo on the edge of the area who pushed the ball out of his feet before accurately firing the ball into the top corner, leaving Bishop rooted in the Dons goal.
Adeboyejo then grabbed his second of the match on the 36th minute following a brilliantly planned free-kick. Moncur sent a floating ball into the box towards Ling who headed the ball across goal for Adeboyejo to score his fifth goal of the season from six yards out.
Orient nearly added a fourth two minutes before half time when Scott Kashket intercepted a loose pass and teed up Moncur, but the midfielder was denied a deserved goal when his low drive was tipped round the post.
Following the interval, the O’s continued to control the match after the restart and Ling came close to scoring his second of the match on the 53rd minute but his header was parried away.
Adeboyejo then had a chance to claim his hat-trick with just under fifteen minutes remaining but his powerful shot was pushed over the bar as Orient sealed an impressive and dominant victory.
Leyton Orient Academy Director Andy Edwards was left delighted with his team’s overall performance.
“It was a good 90 minutes and a great team performance, particularly in the first half. I thought that it was our best performance of the season so far,” said Edwards.
“We were strong defensively, well organised and well disciplined throughout and we played some really attractive football at times.”
ORIENT: Ben Card, Sam Ling (C), Michael Clark, Jack Humphrey, Sam Alderson, Sandro Semedo (Christian Owusu 66), Freddy Moncur, Montel Ageymang, Shola Oladipo, Scott Kashket, Victor Adeboyejo
SUBS: Sam Sargeant, Josh Koroma, Harry Andic
GOALS: Sam Ling (16), Victor Adeboyejo (22 & 36)
BOOKINGS: Victor Adeboyejo (34)
AFC WIMBLEDON: Billy Bishop, Callum Wilson, Ryan Sweeney, Dan Gallagher (C), Neset Bellikli, Egli Kaja, Reece Batcholor, Jason Stripp (Taylor Roles 55), Dan Agyei (Dan Ano 70), Callum Overton (Alfie Egan 55), Billy Frost
BOOKINGS: Dan Agyei (50), Dan Gallagher (83)