The reverse fixture earlier this season produced a stunning tie, and ended 5-3 to AFC Wimbledon after the O’s second-half comeback wasn’t enough to earn a point.
Youth Team Coach Danny Webb made three changes from his sides midweek FA Youth Cup tie. Samuel Amedu, Shadrach Ogie and Jaedon Phillips were reintroduced to the XI that started in place of Arthur Janata, Toby Stevenson and Ruel Sotiriou.
Both sides cancelled each other’s attacks out in the opening stages of the first-half as no clear opportunities to score were created.
O’s ‘keeper Samuel Amedu was first called into action late in the second half when the visitors effort from range was well held. Amedu then had to beat away a powerful effort from just inside the box.
After the break, both sides continued to battle for control of the game with the visitors again coming closest first.
A free-kick form a wide position was swung into the six-yard box and only needed a touch from a Dons player but there was nobody in blue there to convert it.
Mason Hall kept the game level after a perfectly timed tackle inside the box denied the Dons striker a shot on goal.
25 minutes remained and the O’s began to up the pressure as they looked to score the opener.
Charles Clayden whipped a free-kick in towards the head of Sam Dalby but the striker was unable to direct his header goalwards.
After Ernold Haxhiu won the ball back deep inside his own half, the midfielder played the ball to the feet of Jaedon Phillips whose first-time flick allowed Dalby to fire at goal, but the strikers effort was parried back into the path of Phillips who then bundled the ball into the back of the net only to be ruled offside by the official.
The game began to open up as both sides started to attack heavily in order to grab a late goal to secure three points.
A quick counter from AFC Wimbledon saw their midfielder run the length of the pitch before he struck an effort on goal but Amedu again was equal to the effort.
An excellent save from the AFC Wimbledon ‘keeper denied Hector Kyprianou with five minutes left as the ball fell to the feet of the midfielder five yards from goal.
In the final moments of the game AFC Wimbledon had a string of corners well defended by the O’s but came close when a Dons striker headed towards goal but was denied by Andrew Camilo-Tayaca who cleared the ball off the line ensuring both teams left with a point.
ORIENT: Samuel Amedu, Andrew Camilo-Tayaca, Mason Hall, Teddy Perkins, Shadrach Ogie, Eric Lopes, Ernold Haxhiu, Hector Kyprianou, Charles Clayden, Sam Dalby, Jaedon Phillips
SUBS: Luca Carter-Henry Alfie Fleming, Brendon Shabani