U18 REPORT: Gillingham 1-3 Leyton Orient

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Orient U18s celebrated back to back wins in the Youth Alliance league after a convincing 3-1 win over rivals Gillingham.

Jordan Adeyemi fired the O’s in to an early second-half lead before doubling his tally towards the end of the game. Jeremie Sivi made a substitutes impact and struck within four minutes of being introduced by Ross Wilding.

Shimron Eaton got he game underway for the O’s in Gillingham, but it was the hosts who registered the opening meaningful chance.

Neat one-touch play in the Gills’ half allowed their forward to burst beyond the O’s back-line and force a good save out of Rhys Byrne in between the sticks. Orient’s number one dived low to his right to palm the stinging shot away with both hands before Antony Papaopoulous mopped up any lurking danger.

The O’s however were made to wait for their first attempt to break the deadlock. Brendon Shabani’s inch-perfect long ball forward dropped at the feet of Brian Ifeanyi.

The winger noticed the Gills’ ‘keeper off his line and tried to lob him as he scrambled back in to position but the shot-stopper managed to get a strong hand to the ball to clear the danger.

It was a case of deja vu just over ten minutes later. A switched on Shabani took a deep free-kick early and set Ifeanyi on his way.

The winger got the better of his man and stole the ball from the ‘keeper who again, rushed out of position. This time, Ifeanyi had beaten the shot-stopper with his effort but not the man on the line who agonisingly headed clear.

Orient took the lead immediately after the break. Jordan Adeyemi showed great individual awareness and skill to intercept a Gills pass and dazzle his marker with a 360 turn.

The forward caught a glimpse of the ‘keeper closing him down and brilliantly chipped him from 25-yards.

Despite taking the lead and looking in-line for a second, Orient were undone but a quick counter attack. A long ball forward was chested down and helped on by the Gills’ number 10. His partner sprinted to catch the ball and coolly level the scores.

The Orient back-line stood firm to hold off pressure from Gillingham who wanted to capitalise on their equalising goal.

However, a well worked set-piece restored Orient’s lead in the 72 minute. Newly introduced Jeremie Sivi rose highest to nod home following a corner on the far side.

Sivi’s smart movement caused his marker to lose track of his run in to the box, allowing the youngster to arrive unmarked to notch his first of the season.

Less than five minutes later, the O’s put daylight between the two sides. Jordan Adeyemi who had already scored what is sure to be a contender for goal of the season, added a second which will take some beating.

Lawrence Hammond picked up a loose ball in midfield and found the run of Adeyemi on the wide right.

The forward took a touch to control and struck a sensational dipping strike across goal and in to the bottom corner for his second and Orient’s third of the morning.

With fewer than 15 minutes remaining the O’s strolled to a comfortable victory with goals to remember.

Next up: The youngsters make the trip to Stevenage next Saturday and will look to continue their winning feeling.

ORIENT: Rhys Byrne, Antony Papadopoulous, Jayden Sweeney, Brendon Shabani, Wynford Marfo, Shimron Eaton (Lawrence Hammond 62), Brian Ifeanyi, Ahmed Mirza (Finlay Lovatt 77), Bradley McClenaghan (C), Deago Dunbar-Bonnie (Jeremie Siv 68), Jordan Adeyemi (Alex Soloman 82)

SUBS: Henry Sworder

GOALS: Adeyemi (46 & 76), Sivi (72)