The young O’s made it back-to-back clean sheets and wins with a 2-0 triumph at home to Stevenage on Saturday thanks to goals from Josh Koroma and Teddy Perkins.
Richard Thomas fielded a strong XI with Sam Dalby and Koroma both returning to the side following their involvement with the first team at Doncaster Rovers the previous weekend.
The O’s had chances early on and in quick succession to break the deadlock. Thomas’ side won a free-kick after Steven Alzate was fouled and the quickly-taken set piece set Pat Adamson away down the flank and he crossed into the box.
The ball was almost turned in by Teddy Perkins but a great save by the goalkeeper denied him. From the subsequent corner Perkins had another opportunity but again the keeper was equal to the shot.
It took just over half an hour for the O’s to make the breakthrough though after a great strike by Josh Koroma. It was another well-worked set piece as Alzate passed to Josh Koroma, who made it 1-0 with a beautiful goal from 25 yards out.
Top goalscorer and skipper Tristan Abrahams was booked late in the first half after an altercation with an opposition defender, but the O’s went into the break ahead.
Following the interval the Orient youngsters dominated the opening stages of the second half, as Rian McLean hit the crossbar after another well-executed set piece.
With only 20 minutes remaining the hosts were reduced to 10-men after Abrahams received a second yellow for dissent. Going into the final five minutes the O’s pushed for a goal that would kill the game off and Dalby went close after breaking through the defence but was once again denied by the keeper.
The O’s won yet another corner and this time Perkins got his reward as he scored from a free header in box.
The 10-men held out for the final few minutes to collect the win and a clean sheet and extend the unbeaten run to 19 games.
ORIENT: Sam Roach, Andrew Camilo-Tayaca, Toby Stevenson, Rian McLean (Ernold Haxhiu 85), Dan Happe (Jaedon Phillips 90), Teddy Perkins (Hector Kyprianou 90) Josh Koroma, Steven Alzate, Tristan Abrahams, Sam Dalby, Pat Adamson (Ruel Sotiriou 61)
SUBS: Arthur Janata
SCORERS: Koroma, Perkins