U18 REACTION: Youth Team Coach Pete Gill following victory over Northampton Town

access_time 11 months ago

Leyton Orient’s U18s beat Northampton Town 2-1 on Saturday morning. Goals from Amin Benyoucef and Jaedon Phillips were enough for the O’s to seal all the three points and hand the visitors their first defeat since February.

The Youth side have now won two consecutive games and will be oozing confidence ahead of an away trip to Wimbledon this weekend. Gill was elated for the boys to secure a second victory on the bounce, after a tough start to the campaign.

“It was pleasing, I think the boys have come over a lot the last few months, and to back up the Cambridge win after the disappointment of the Youth Cup, was fantastic the boys have done really well.’’

The 2-1 win saw the visitors suffer a defeat, for the first time since February, after Jaedon Phillips turned home a Charles Clayden cross. Gill was complementary of his opponents.

“They’ve [Northampton] gone on a great run, they’re a real functional side. The gaffers got them playing really organised football. It was always going to be difficult.”

The O’s found themselves defending a lead for the second consecutive match. Despite the ten minutes of stoppage time, it was Orient who looked the more likely to score despite the visitors chasing the game.

“It’s very easy to fold. Puffed their chest out, 1-0 down, got to be honest I think we played the better football throughout. After the first ten, we dominated, and got the two goals.”

We’ve been trying to educate the boys in managing the game. When you’re in the lead you can do one of two things. You can either sit off, or you can keep going.”

Phillips, the game winner, suffered an injury during the game and was replaced after 80 minutes. The striker will be assessed on Monday.

“We don’t know, it’s too early to tell, the medical staff will assess him Monday morning. It’s good to have some players back. It’s the worst season I’ve ever seen. We had 9 injured at one point and a couple out on loan.”

Gill hopes recent results can spur the lads to go on a run of good results. Starting next week, as the O’s travel to Wimbledon.

“We spoke to the boys, we felt it was coming. We have some key players back and we fully believe in this group and the individuals have that we can really kick on now. Hopefully go on a run and get some good performances and results.”