Orient were pegged back by a late leveller from AFC Wimbledon after twice leading, meaning they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Orient began their development league campaign with a combination of scholars and trialists as they hosted the Dons at the Matchroom Stadium. Harry Lee and Andis Nikolaou were the only members of the first team squad on display and the former duly wore the captain’s armband.
It was the perfect start for the O’s as the visitors failed to deal with a corner that was knocked into the path of Orient’s number 10 (trialist) who smashed the ball into the top corner.
It was a more experienced Dons line up than the O’s that boasted the likes of Ade Azeez the former Orient loanee and they levelled the tie with 20 minutes gone. Andis Nikolaou conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box that Tom Beere stepped up to bend a shot around the wall and into the bottom corner past Ben Bridle-Card.
Scott Kashket is a scholar that caught the eye in pre-season and he gave the O’s the lead on the half hour mark when he showed a fantastic change of pace to nip in and grab a ball ahead of the Dons’ goalkeeper to round him and roll it home.
The forward flashed another shot narrowly wide just before the interval but the 2-1 scoreline remained at the interval.
Azeez came bursting out of the blocks for the visitors in the second period and went on a rampaging run inside the O’s box before he was brilliantly thwarted by Jack Humphrey who stood up and waited to make the tackle.
Sandro Semedo, on as a substitute, almost extended the O’s lead 10 minutes into the second period when he combined well with Kane Adams before striking narrowly wide.
Semedo started to see more of the ball as Orient came down the left more and more and with 67 minutes gone he tested the Dons goalkeeper who did well to beat away his awkward bouncing shot.
Wimbledon wanted a penalty for a foul on Azeez with 15 minutes to go but nothing was given and Orient started to control possession, working it well in midfield.
It looked like Orient would see it out for three points but with four minutes remaining Chinedu Vine grabbed a late leveller when burst into the right channel and was found well enabling him to fire past the on-rushing Bridle-Card.
Orient: Bridle-Card, Ling, Adams, Lee (C), Nikolaou, Humphrey, Kashket (Adeboyejo 58) + four trialists. (Semedo for trialist A 36) (Agyemang for trialist B 58)
Subs: Sargeant, Adeboyejo, Agyemang, Moncur, Clark
Goals: trialist 10, Kashket 30