Leyton Orient U18’s produced an eye catching display of attacking football as they overwhelmed AFC Hornchurch to move into the 2nd round of the FA Youth Cup.
Goals from Victor Adeboyejo and Rian McLean helped Orient set up a 2nd round home tie with Luton Town, a team they will face for the third time this season.
It took two minutes for Orient to force a chance as Christian Owusu worked hard for a corner, which was whipped in towards an open Myles Judd whose header crashed off the bar and Adeboyejo’s follow up was well saved.
The hosts had a rare sight of goal later in the half as Matthew Bentley saw his shot easily held by Sam Sargeant, but the score was soon 1-0 in favour of Orient, as Owusu won a foul which was delightfully clipped in by Alderson. Dan Happe made first contact, flicking it on to Adeboyejo, who skilfully hooked the ball over his shoulder, out of the reach of Hornchurch keeper Joe Bowles.
The next 10 minutes were played entirely in the Hornchurch half as Owusu and Alderson both sent fizzing strikes just over, and Adeboyejo won every first and second ball sent his way, hitting the near post on one occasion.
The dominance was rewarded with a second when Rian McLean and Steven Alzate connected on a precise one-two to give McLean enough space to coolly slot home.
It should have been 3-0 two minutes later as Judd exploded down the right, playing across another low cross which Owusu stroked towards goal, but McLean was unable to get out of the way and unintentionally blocked the shot and Adeboyejo struck the woodwork again.
The second half begun with Henry Ochieng getting an early shot off, while Adeboyejo cracked a thunderous shot from 25 yards which stung Bowles’ hands and he gathered at the second attempt.
The impetus still belonged to Orient as in the space of five minutes Adebyejo hit the post, had one cleared of the line and Judd missed a golden chance.
Josh Koroma replaced Owusu with 15 minutes remaining, and Hornchurch started to come into the game. Bentley and Godfrey Kambaza both had great chances inside the box, with Bentley sendinghis effort high from eight yards.
In the dying minutes Charley Barker came on for Alzate, before Koroma hit the post after Adeboyejo won another contested header. However, that proved to be the last of the action as the O’s secured their spot in the second round.
ORIENT: Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Aron Pollock, Dan Happe, Sam Telling, Sam Alderson, Steven Alzate (Charley Barker 92), Henry Ochieng, Rian McLean, Victor Adeboyejo, Christian Owusu (Josh Koroma 74).
SUBS: Arthur Janata, Pat Adamson, Tristan Abrahams.
GOALS: Adeboyejo (20), McLean (33)