Macauley Bonne’s first half header, followed by wonder strikes from Jobi McAnuff and Josh Koroma wrapped up the three points for the O’s on Tyneside as Danny Johnson’s penalty was only a consolation for The Heed.
Head Coach Justin Edinburgh made two changes to the side that were defeated at home to Wrexham AFC last weekend, Charlie Lee made his first start in an O’s shirt since August while David Mooney slotted in alongside Macauley Bonne in place of Craig Clay and James Brophy.
The last meeting between the two sides was in March when goals from David Mooney and James Brophy were not enough to see the O’s secure a place in the Semi-Finals of the FA Trophy.
Orient got the game underway and had to defend a corner immediately, but a counter was then launched with Josh Koroma leading the line but the midfielders touch just saw the ball run in to the path of Dan Hanford in the Gateshead net.
Koroma was again involved minutes later, when his deflected shot came back off the post and in to the path of Macauley Bonne whose attempt on goal was then excellently tipped over by Hanford.
Danny Johnson looked to be through on goal after the first quarter of an hour but smart defending by Marvin Ekpiteta ensured the ball was shielded to safety to keep the hosts out.
Minutes later, Macauley Bonne notched the opener after he rose highest to win the flick on at the near post from Jobi McAnff’s corner which flew beyond Hanford in the Gateshead net.
Bonne’s goal seemed to give the forward a boost as he was present to connect with the following two balls in to the box by Myles Judd and Sam Ling respectively, but Hanford was on hand to collect both efforts.
Gateshead had a rare attempt on goal when Jordan Preston played a one-two with Danny Johnson before he fired at goal but Dean Brill leaped excellently to his left to tip the ball over his net.
As two additional minutes of the first half were announced, Ebou Adams picked up a booking for a challenge on Johnson as the home side countered.
The first chance of the second fell to Bonne who latched on to the end of Mooney’s flick on but Fraser Kerr was on hand to defend the Orient attack well.
Soon after, Jobi McAnuff doubled the O’s lead when he drove Mooney’s cut back straight in to the top corner with a wonderful strike.
Just as 424 travelling Orient supporters were announced at the Gateshead International Stadium, midfielder Koroma mirrored McAnuff’s goal and fired low in to the bottom corner beyond Hanford.
Minutes after the hour mark, 17-year old winger Charles Clayden was introduced to Orient fans for the first time after being named on the bench for the previous two fixtures.
The O’s were comfortable in possession when a rare counter by Gateshead saw Macauley Langstaff race though on goal, his shot had beaten Brill but Sam Ling somehow appeared on the line to block the shot and deny the home side a goal.
Gateshead had two chances towards the end of the game, Johnson forced a great save out of Brill before Preston’s cross found nobody in white to convert.
A goal did come for the home side in the 90th minute, Adams’ trip on Greenwood meant Johnson converted his penalty sending Brill the wrong way in the process as the game drew to a close.
GATESHEAD: Hanford, Kerr, Byrne (C), Fyfield (Vassell 35), Barrow, Penn (Greenwood 76), Preston, Mclaughlin, Johnson, Burrow, Peniket (Langstaff 60)
SUBS: Montgomery, Green
GOALS: Johnson (90)
BOOKINGS: Burrow (90+1)
ORIENT: Brill, McAnuff, Lee (Clayden 62), Bonne, Mooney, Judd, Koroma, Ekpiteta, Happe, Adams, Ling
SUBS: Grainger, Widdowson, Clay, Reynolds
GOALS: Bonne (17), McAnuff (53), Koroma (60)
BOOKINGS: Adams (45)
REFEREE: Paul Marsden
ATTENDANCE: 1,056 (424)