Jordon Adeyemi was on the scoresheet as the O’s were unlucky defeat mid-week.
Orient equalised instantly after conceding in the first half, but couldn’t respond to The Dons second, which came late in the second half.
The game started at a fast pace, with both sides threatening to open the scoring. Orient controlled possession, and exploited the left flank in the early stages, but it was MK Dons who took the lead after 20 minutes.
Beautiful one touch build-up saw the forward played in behind the defence with a golden opportunity to wrap up a stunning counter. O’s ‘keeper Samuel Amedu had other ideas and rushed off his line to make a superb save with his trailing left leg. However, the ball rebounded to the foot of a Dons youngster who had time and space to guide his shot into the back of the net.
Orient responded instantly from kick off, Wynford Marfo brought the ball out of defence and played it into midfield; the ball soon came to Bradley McCleneghan who released Charles Clayden down the left flank. The winger bombed down the line, before bending his run into the penalty area, where he drilled the ball across the box for Adeyemi to steer home. A perfect response from the home side.
The winning goal didn’t come until deep into the second half. The Dons were stubborn in defence and came forward after dealing with a cross into their box. The ball was played in behind the left flank. A white Dons jersey got to the ball first and the forward dribbled towards goal, before he cut inside the penalty area and placed the shot to the right of the ‘keeper.
Both teams could have established a lead before half time, but both goalkeepers stood resilient. Clayden pressed and won the ball back for Orient 30 yards from goal, the number 11 darted toward the 18-yard box before hitting a low drive across the ‘keeper who did well to turn the ball behind for a corner.
At the other end a move almost symmetrical to the away side’s goal forced Amedu to be smart and smother the forwards low effort. The angle was tight and favoured the ‘keeper but the youngster still made the all-important save to take the score into the break at 1-1.
The second half saw a much more considered approach from both sides. Openings were hard to find and both teams defended well, with The O’s only creating half chances.
They continued to pepper the box with crosses but never managed to test the Goalkeeper. As the side continued to push forward for the winning goal they got caught out.
Large numbers committed forward meant the away side could charge forward and steal the winning goal. MK Dons held out for the closing moments of the game, making it difficult for the boys in red to find an equaliser.
Orient will look to improve on the games result as the side travel away from home to take on Northampton Town this coming Saturday.
ORIENT: Samuel Amedu, Jayden Sweeney (70 Jermie Sivi), Alfie Fleming, Hector Kyprianiou (C), Ernold Haxhiu, Bradley McClenaghan, Jordon Adeyemi, Charles Clayden, Wynford Marfo, Brandon Shabani, Jaedon Phillips
SUBS: Rhys Byrne and Lawrence Hammond