Leyton Orient U18s suffered a 4-1 defeat against Luton despite a promising first half showing.
Shola Oladipo fired the O’s ahead with just under 20 minutes on the clock but Andy Edwards’ side squandered several chances to extend their lead and Luton equalised on the stroke of half time. Orient were unable to mirror their performance after the break however and suffered a tough second half.
Having lost at home to Barnet on the weekend the O’s looked to bounce back in style and after a bright star should have taken the lead on the 10th minute. A neat passing move set up Freddy Moncur on the edge of the box who saw his shot parried into the path of Nick Brown with the goal gaping but the follow-up attempt went wide.
Despite the miss the O’s kept their pressing forward and took the lead nine minutes later. Orient goalkeeper Sam Sargeant sent a kick upfield which Victor Adeboyejo flicked on for Shola Oladipo who beat the offside trap and slotted the ball beyond the Liam Gooch in the Luton goal.
Orient showed little signs of easing up after the goal and Adeboyejo was soon denied by Gooch having been expertly picked out by Brown’s cross field pass.
Two minutes later defender Aron Pollock looked odds on to double the O’s lead having burst forwards to the edge of the box but despite his shot beating the ‘keeper the ball cannoned back off the post.
A two goal advantage really would have swung the game in Orient’s favour but with ten minutes of the half remaining Luton fired a warning shot when Leeroy Maguraushe nipped in to take the ball off Michael Clark in defence and forced Sargeant into making a save.
With the half time whistle looming Orient were then made to pay for not taking their chances earlier on when Daril Ngwala levelled the scores with a well-taken finish.
On another day Orient could have been going into the interval two or three ahead but instead Andy Edwards’ side went into the break all square.
Following a less intense start to the second half Adeboyejo drilled an effort straight at the goalkeeper before Luton responding with Isaac Galliford poking a shot wide of the Orient goal.
Orient had failed to gain any control of the tie after the break and with just short of an hour played Luton took the lead when Galliford shrugged off Clark and rolled the ball under Sargeant.
Having fallen behind Orient responded well and Sam Alderson sent a shot over the bar before coming within an inch of grabbing an equaliser on the 65th minute. The midfielder received the ball on the edge of the box and drilled a low shot towards the bottom corner but Gooch managed to get his fingertips to the ball and scramble it on to the post.
As the game entered the final 20 minutes Edwards made a double change by bringing on Christian Owusu for Brown and U16s striker Tristan Abraham for his first taste of youth team action in place of Oladipo.
Soon after the substitutions however Orient fell further behind as Lucas Perry won possession on the halfway line and threaded the ball through to Ngwala who claimed his second of the afternoon.
Orient’s difficult second half was then compounded in stoppage time when Luton added a fourth through Frankie Musonda who swept home Ngwala’s free kick at the back post.
ORIENT: Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Michael Clark (Kane Adams 59), Aron Pollock, Jack Humphrey, Montel Agyemang, Nick Brown (Christian Owusu 72), Sam Alderson, Freddy Moncur, Shola Oladipo (Tristan Abrahams 72), Victor Adeboyejo
GOALS: Oladipo (19)
BOOKINGS: Pollock (45)
LUTON: Liam Gooch, Alex Atkinson (George Murray 80), Lucas Perry, Leeroy Maguraushe, Lee Hawkes, James Justin (Osmanu Allman 57), Daril Ngwala, Isaac Galliford, Geo Craig (Luke Trotman 57), Frankie Musonda (C), Kyran McGhan-George
SUBS: Akin Famewo, Tyreeq Bakinson
GOALS: Ngwala (44 & 90), Galliford (58)