Leyton Orient U18’s prevailed on a very cold and blustery morning against their East London rivals thanks mostly to the trait of patience, as they peppered the Daggers goal before Josh Koroma pin pointed Sam Dalby for a debut goal from a header in the 78th minute. Another defensively sound performance gives the O’s eight clean sheets out of a possible 10.
The boggy pitch aided Victor Adeboyejo for the first attempt of the game, as the ball got stuck in a swamp right at his feet, and though he tried to slip the ball beyond the Dagenham keeper the home custodian was able to save.
Dan Happe’s cracking shot was then tipped over from 18 yards and from the resulting corner Adeboyejo was smothered from close. But whatever one keeper could do, Arthur Janata could do better. Within a five minute spell he had claimed four crosses, a free kick and saved a 20-yard effort, before saving a goalmouth scramble by clutching the ball inbetween his legs.
Adeboyejo wasn’t finished causing havoc just yet, as he saw a shot fly inches past the post after beating the keeper to a high cross. Koroma tried one last effort in the half but sent it too high.
As the second half commenced Youth Academy Director Andy Edwards signalled for three players to start warming up, one of which was Sam Dalby. Adeboyejo, Tristan Abrahams and Pat Adamson would make way for Michael Obafemi, Dalby and Charley Barker.
The O’s upped the tempo and established a period of sheer dominance, peppering the Daggers goal with at least five solid shots saved. Obafemi had the best chance after being played through by Barker, but his dinked effort was wide of the target.
But it was soon Dalby’s time to shine, recently signed from Buckhurst Hill Boys, he’d looked lively since coming on, forming a nice partnership with Obafemi. Once Alderson found Koroma out wide, he delivered the perfect ball towards the back post which Dalby nodded home.
After the game Academy Director Andy Edwards shared his thoughts on what was a good response after Monday’s disappointment.
“I think they looked a little tired after the FA Youth Cup game, but we had a lot of opportunities to put the game to bed early, but when Obafemi and Dalby came on they added a lot of imputations going forward,” said Edwards.
“But I think it’s exceptional that we have kept eight clean sheets in 10 games. At any level of the game that’s a fantastic achievement, the lads deserve full credit for that, even though they didn’t perform at their best today another clean sheet is incredible.”
ORIENT: Janata, Alderson, Happe, Pollock, Telling, Alzate, Ocheing, Adamson (Barker 55), Koroma, Adeboyejo (Dalby 55) Abrahams (Obafemi 55).
SUBS: McLean, Owusu.