ROUND UP: O's youngsters and their first team experiences this season

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Over the course of the season a number of Leyton Orient Academy players have got their chance to shine in the first team.

Here we run down how all the youngsters fared during the 2015-16 campaign:

The youngster picked up his first clean sheet in an O’s first-team shirt in a goalless draw against Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup Second Round encounter at the Matchroom Stadium.

the 19-year-old followed that up with further showings in the late 2-1 JPT defeat, before also featuring from the off in the 3-1 loss to Hartlepool on November 14.

Having been on the bench for a number of occasions, Charlie made his first-team debut in the late 2-1 JPT Luton Town defeat on September 1, before making his league debut in a 4-0 loss at Luton Town

Charlie Grainger
Myles Judd

At the age of 16 years and 189 days, Myles Judd became the fifth youngest player ever for the Club when coming on in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game at Luton Town on September.

And despite spending some of the season on the treatment table, the youngster went on to be included in the matchday squad for the O’s final day encounter against Yeovil Town.

Freddy Moncur


Like team-mate Judd, the Luton Town JPT game proved to be his first-team debut as he came on as a half-time substitute for Sean Clohessy, and followed that up with another half an hour in the 6-1 FA Cup First Round against Staines Town.

Moncur was on the bench for 25 games this season, and added to that most recently at Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Sandro Semedo

Semedo also made his O’s debut in the JPT at Luton Town on September 1, before heading out on loan to both Welling United and Chelmsford City.

However, the 19-year-old from Portugal made his league debut for Orient in the 1-0 loss at AFC Wimbledon on April 23. He didn’t have to wait much longer for his first start as the winger featured in the starting XI against Mansfield Town the following weekend.

He built on that at Yeovil, where he featured in several positions throughout the 90 minutes.


Victor Adeboyejo

The youngster had already made his debut for the O’s first team last season against Peterborough United, but has built on that with three further appearances this season.

The striker came off the bench in the two FA Cup encounters with Scunthorpe United, before following it up with another appearance late on against Yeovil Town on December 19.

Scott Kashket

Having already made the breakthroough to the first team last season, Kashket played a bigger role in first team matters this term.

The youngster mainly featured off the bench, however, was handed starts at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup, Luton Town in the JPT and Yeovil Town at home in League Two.

Kashket also netted his first goal for the senior team during the campaign, and it proved to be a vital one as the O’s came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Oxford United on October 17.

After a period out on loan with Welling United, the striker returned and featured off the bench against both Plymouth Argyle on April 19 and AFC Wimbledon on April 23.

Aron Pollock

The defender was included in the O’s matchday squad at Stevenage on Janaury 2, but was to make an impact later on in the campaign with a man-of-the-match winning display in the 1-0 win over Mansfield Town, the final home game of the League Two season.

Pollock rounded off an excellent few weeks when signing his first professional deal with the Club last Friday, before featuring again at Yeovil Town, though had to come off with a slight ankle injury.

Josh Koroma
The 17-year-old forward has made two appearances for the club’s first team towards the tail end of the season.

Koroma, a first-year scholar, was introduced off the bench in the 3-0 defeat at Barnet and instantly impressed. The youngsters ended the campaign on a high, featuring off the bench against Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town.


Sam Sargeant

It has been a big two weeks for the young goalkeeper, which started off with an England Men’s Training Camp before the Mansfield Town game.

The 18-year-old has featured heavily on the O’s bench, before making his debut in the final-day win over Yeovil Town – pulling off a number of fine saves and making the Football League Team of the Week for his display.