Leyton Orient U18s conceded a second half strike as they slipped to a Youth Alliance League defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
In a game played in terrible, windy conditions neither side created too many chances in the opening period, with the O’s starting with a diamond in midfield.
Orient did edge the encounter and the best opportunity of the half fell to Steven Alzate but his 20 yard shot was off target.
The O’s changed formation at the break to 4-2-3-1 in a bid to break down the Dons, and they were denied a penalty in the early stages of the second half when appeals were waved away by the referee for an alleged handball.
It was the hosts who broke the deadlock though two minutes shy of the hour mark when a lapse in concentration saw the Dons mount a swift counter attack and fire home the opener.
Academy Director Andy Edwards opted to make changes shortly after falling behind to try and find a way back into the contest, and for the final half hour the O’s pushed forward.
Tristan Abrahams was unfortunate not to level for the visitors when he saw his header pushed on to the bar by the home goalkeeper, who then went on to make further good saves to deny Abrahams and Alzate.
But it proved to be a frustrating time in front of goal for Orient and they couldn’t find a late leveller as they ended their fixtures for 2015 with just their fourth league loss of the season.
Edwards’ side will be back in action in the new year when they host Stevenage on January 9.
ORIENT: Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Aron Pollock, Dan Happe, Sam Telling, Charley Barker (Michael Obafemi 75), Henry Ochieng (Josh Koroma 60), Sam Alderson, Steven Alzate, Tristan Abrahams, Christian Owusu (Sam Dalby 60)