Victor Adeboyejo scored his seventh goal in as many league games as Leyton Orient drew 1-1 at Peterborough United.
Orient were on the back foot for much of the first half and Peterborough took the lead on the 29th minute through striker Tye Phillips. Andy Edwards’ side were much improved after the break however and grabbed a deserved equaliser with 20 minutes remaining when Victor Adeboyejo was fouled inside the box and scored the resulting penalty.
From the first whistle, Peterborough looked to grab an early advantage but Orient’s defence stood firm and restricted Peterborough from troubling goalkeeper Ben Card, with the O’s stopper not making his first save of the match until the 21st minute when he easily gathered John Main’s header.
As Orient soaked up the host’s pressure, they then created an excellent chance of their own with a well-worked counter-attack on the 27th minute. Montel Ageymang burst through the Peterborough half before picking out the run of Christian Owusu on the right to which the striker cut inside the box only to see his effort whistle agonisingly wide of the far post.
Two minutes later however Leyton Orient fell behind when Peterborough’s Phillips volleyed past Card from six yards after a throw-in from the right had evaded the head of O’s defender Jack Humphrey.
Card then had to be alert at his near post on the 33rd minute when he pushed Harry Anderson’s powerful shot out for a corner.
As the first half neared a close, Victor Adeboyejo looked to be brought down inside the box by both Liam Marshall and goalkeeper Dion Henry, but to the O’s surprise, a goal kick was eventually awarded after the referee had initially appeared to have pointed to the spot.
Following the restart, Orient started brightly and Adeboyejo worked a chance in the 51st minute but was unable to keep his effort on target with Posh ‘keeper Henry off his line.
With the second half wearing on, Orient dictated the play but rarely troubled the Posh goal until the 70th minute when Adeboyejo was again brought down inside the box and this time a penalty was given. The striker brushed himself down to take the resulting spot-kick to which he excellently converted, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
The equaliser was no less than the O’s deserved and substitute Nick Brown sent a rasping volley wide of the goal four minutes later as Orient went in search of a winner.
The match soon returned to a tight affair and despite Peterborough earning several set pieces in the final minutes, Orient held on for the draw.
Academy Director Andy Edwards was thrilled with his team’s performance in the second half.
“It was a great second half performance from the team,” said Edwards. “They all showed great character after half time to earn the draw.”
There was also another positive result for Leyton Orient as the U16’s defeated Peterborough 4-0 to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches, much to the joy of their coach Danny Webb.
“It has been a great start and the players are really working well as a team. Over the summer the boys went in to train with the under 18s to see the level they need to be at, which benefited the group a lot,” said Webb.
“It’s a big time for the players and they are doing excellently as a group, and now it is about improving them all as individuals.”
ORIENT: Ben Card, Sam Ling (C), Michael Clark, Jack Humphrey, Kane Adams, Sandro Semedo, Freddy Moncur, Montel Ageymang, Shola Oladipo, Christian Owusu (Nick Brown 65), Victor Adeboyejo
SUBS: Sam Sargeant, Sam Alderson, Harry Andic
GOALS: Victor Adeboyejo (70)
BOOKINGS: Sam Ling (90)
PETERBOROUGH: Dion Henry, Harry Anderson, James Ward, Tom Palmer, Liam Marshall (C), David Omperian, Joe Hood, Ryan Worrall, Jack Friend, John Main, Tye Phillips
SUBS: Ben Keating, Will Patterson, Guy Clement, Alfie Connor, Leonardo Da Silva-Lopez
GOALS: Tye Phillips (29)
BOOKINGS: John Main (75), Harry Anderson (77), Jack Friend (90), Liam Marshall (90)