Scott Kashket bagged a brace as Leyton Orient U18s cruised to a 4-0 victory against Torquay United.
Shola Oladipo opened the scoring for the O’s when he smashed home a rebound before Kashket doubled their advantage four minutes before half-time. Kashket then doubled his tally two minutes after the restart and the win was sealed when Myles Judd applied the final touch to a clever set piece on the 65th minute.
Going into the match, the O’s made two changes to the team that defeated Newport County as Sam Alderson and Christian Owusu came in for Aron Pollock, who dropped to the bench, and Victor Adeboyejo who missed out through injury.
From the start Orient looked to try and take an early lead but Torquay proved resolute during the opening exchanges, with Freddy Moncur managing the only shot at goal that curled just over the bar.
After winning a number of corners the O’s then took the lead through Oladipo. With Christian Owusu in possession midway inside the Torquay half, the striker picked out the run of Kashket with a clever reverse pass. Kashket raced through but Gulls ‘keeper Hugo Sobte kept out his attempt only for Oladipo to latch on to the rebound and sweep the ball home.
Two minutes later Kashket had a chance to extend the O’s lead when he raced on to Alderson’s ball down the right and avoided the challenge of Max Melanson but could only fire a shot into the side netting.
The O’s were looking to be well in control of the tie but remained in search of a second as Sobte again denied Kashket who had been picked out by Nick Brown’s through ball.
Soon after Brown bent an effort over the bar before Kashket cut inside from the right moments later and drilled a shot inches over the crossbar from outside the box.
Kashket had seen a number of chances come and go throughout the first half but with only four minutes remaining the forward finally got his name on the score sheet with a fine solo goal. Upon receiving Moncur’s short corner, Kashket then squirmed through a couple of challenges to enter the penalty area and smashed the ball into the top far corner.
The forward nearly added a second in first half stoppage time but despite dinking the ball over Sobte, the shot appeared to be going narrowly wide before Gulls captain Oneil Odofin cleared the danger.
The O’s went into the break with a healthy 2-0 advantage and Ben Card was yet to be tested in the Orient goal.
Early into the second half Orient then extended their advantage when Kashket doubled his tally. Having been picked out by Brown’s pass in between the Torquay defence, the striker battled well to keep the ball in play and cut back before rifling a sublime finish in at the near post.
Brown then looked to grab a goal himself shortly after as he produced a neat piece of skill to lift the ball over the head of the defender inside the box, but he was unable to finish it off as he dragged a right-footed volley wide.
Owusu had played a key role in Orient’s build-up play throughout the match with a number of clever touches but was denied a goal twice in the matter of minutes as Sobte kept him out on both occasions.
A great piece of play then resulted in Brown threading the ball through to Moncur, who held off a challenge inside the penalty area before his shot was touched behind for a corner by the foot of Sobte, who had pulled off a number of impressive saves.
Orient were to extend their lead from the resulting corner however as Owusu went short to receive the pass and drilled a low ball across goal which was touched on by Brown before Judd rolled the ball home from close range.
With just over 20 minutes remaining Andy Edwards then handed U16s midfielder Henry Ochieng his first youth-team appearance of the season as he came on for Montel Agyemang.
Brown and Owusu were then denied in quick succession, before Will Hancox came close to pulling a goal back for the visitors when his effort from the edge of the penalty area went wide of the far post.
Kashket then looked to round off the win in style late on when he burst forward after collecting Owusu’s pass but there was to be no hat-trick for the forward as his curling effort dropped narrowly wide.
The O’s now have three games remaining in the Merit League 2 Division and travel to AFC Wimbledon next Saturday.
ORIENT: Ben Card, Sam Alderson, Myles Judd, Michael Clark, Kane Adams, Montel Agyemang (Henry Ochieng 68), Freddy Moncur (C), Nick Brown, Scott Kashket, Shola Oladipo (Aron Pollock 68 (Tristan Abrahams 75)), Christian Owusu
SUBS: Sam Sargeant
GOALS: Oladipo (17), Kashket (41 & 47), Judd (65)
TORQUAY: Hugo Sobte, Teigan Rosenquest, Will Hancox, Ryan Kelly, Oneil Ofogin (C), Max Melanson, Johnny Buckle, Charlie Duke, Connah Hughes (Sofoklis Christopulou 22) Harry Mouzourus (Harrison Davis 68), Steve Rogers (Jayden Curbridge 63)
SUBS: Frankie Maloney