REPORT: Orient 0-0 Charlton Athletic

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Orient and Charlton played out an entertaining goalless pre-season draw at the Matchroom Stadium.
Opportunities came regular in the first period, and though the second half was not as action packed, both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils in front of 1,432 supporters.
After both sides had settled into the game, the first opportunity fell to the hosts and Jordan Bowery inside the box, but his effort on the stretch was off target.
Up the other end Callum Harriott came in on off the right hand side but his strike was over the bar.
It wasn’t until the 15th minute where the first golden chance came and it fell to Orient and last season’s top goalscorer Jay Simpson as he managed to get on the end of Sean Clohessy’s pin-point cross, however the effort from six yards was just inches over the bar.
The O’s on the attack began to pose a consistent threat and some good link-up play saw Simpson play the ball back to Massey. The former Colchester winger then teed up skipper Robbie Weir however he pulled his right-footed strike wide of the target.
Chances were coming a regular occurrence for the O’s and it was time for Semedo to unleash a typically powerful effort from 25 yards however Dillon Phillips in the Addicks goal was able to get down low to his left and hold the effort.
But as much as they looked promising on the attack, at the back Parkes presented Brandon Hanlon with an opportunity for the visitors from just outside the box but with Cisak at full stretch, the shot was wide.
Minutes later though, Parkes was able to keep out Hanlan’s header after the striker had just got the better of Callum Kennedy in the air.
As the half drew to a close it was the O’s who ended it on top and Massey volleyed over from Semedo’s left-wing cross, before right on the half-time whistle Kelly’s half volley was saved by Phillips.
Dean Cox came on at the break to make his first appearance at the Matchroom Stadium in eight months in place of Semedo, but it was the visitors who created the first opportunity of the second period when a pinpoint through ball from Harriott found the run of Oliver Muldoon, but he could only glance his effort wide of the mark.
The visitors continue their bright start and it was only a fine save at full stretch from Alex Cisak who denied the Addicks and Harriott the opener after he let fly from 25 yards.
The usual flurry of substitutions came from the hosts just after the hour mark, before Paul McCallum made his first home appearance since October 2015.
Ollie Palmer was then introduced for Jay Simpson and he almost made an instant ipact as he curled an effort goalwards, only to see it creep just wide of the target.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes Cox almost had his moment when Josh Koroma’s cross was only half cleared to the diminutive winger, but with Phillips at full stretch the effort was narrowly wide.
And despite a solid encounter for both sides, neither could force a late winner.
ORIENT: Cisak (Sargeant 61), Clohessy (Judd 77), Kennedy (Doherty 80), Erichot, Parkes (Brown 61), Weir (Moore 61), Massey (Koroma 77), Kelly (Atangana 61), Semedo (Cox 46), Bowery (McCallum 66), Simpson (Palmer 72).
SUBSTITUTES: Gnanduillet.
CHARLTON: Phillips, Konsa, Fox (Holmes-Dennis 72), Jackson, Johnson, Teixeira (Thomas 79), Harriott (Ceballos 87), Muldoon, Novak (Ba 82), Hanlan (Ahearne-Grant 72), Holmes.
Attendance: 1,423 (362 Charlton Athletic fans)