The O’s under-18s were made to rue missed opportunities in the first half as they fell to a 4-1 Merit League One loss at Swindon Town.
Orient created a number of chances in the opening 45 minutes, but couldn’t convert and ultimately paid the price as the hosts turned the screw in the second half to secure the win.
Peter Gill’s side dominated from the off and Ruel Sotiriou, Rian McLean and Pat Adamson all missed clear cut chances within the opening 15 minutes.
For all their dominance they were unable to break the deadlock and continued to create chances but they were proving wasteful in front of goal.
Under-16 Samuel Amedu was in the O’s goal with Arthur Janata at Crewe Alexandra with the first team, and on 35 minutes he produced a stunning save to keep the scores level.
Opportunities continued to come and go for the O’s but with five minutes left until the break the Robins broke the deadlock when the O’s could only half clear a corner and a Robins attacker was able to chest the ball down before volleying it into the top corner past Amedu.
The start to the second half was much more even, but the hosts managed to extend their advantage. Orient kept going though and pulled a goal back after some better build-up play saw Andrew Camilo-Tayaca go through one-on-one with the Robins goalkeeper before he slotted home.
Swindon soon went on to restore their two-goal cushion and from that moment on they took control of the game, while the O’s struggled to create the opportunities which came in their numbers during the first period.
The hosts then added a fourth to round off a disappointing day for the young O’s, and they will hope to bounce back when they host Gillingham this weekend (10.30am kick-off).
ORIENT: Samuel Amedu, Hector Kyprianou (Mason Hall 65), Toby Stevenson (Aaron Rowe 65), Ernold Haxhiu (Charles Clayden 65), Teddy Perkins, Andrew Camilo-Tayaca, Charley Barker, Ruel Sotiriou, Rian McLean, Pat Adamson.