U18 REPORT: Stevenage 1-2 Leyton Orient

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The academy boys made it three wins on the bounce after this weekend’s 1-2 victory over Stevenage.

Jordan Adeyemi notched a brace for the second consecutive match as Ross Wilding’s youngsters put out an impressive display against strong opponents.

Finlay Lovatt got the game underway on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend in Stevenage, but we were made to wait a further 10 minutes for the first meaningful chance of the game which eventually turned in to a goal.

Brian Ifeanyi worked well on the right to wriggle free from his man and send in a searching cross, Lovatt was there to nod goal-wards but the ‘keeper was equal to it and beat the ball away.

The danger had not cleared however, as the rebound only fell as far as Jordan Adeyemi who prodded home from close range.

Moments later, it was a case of role reversal when Lovatt threaded through Ifeanyi who left his marker for dust but could only fire just wide of the target at the end of a lovely move by the O’s.

Up the other end, Rhys Byrne was called in to action to deny the Stevenage forward who advanced on goal and looked to place the ball in the top corner. Byrne produced a wonderful save stretching high to his right to clear the immediate danger.

Forward Lawrence Hammond had the last chance of the half for the O’s, he stung the fingertips of the Stevenage ‘keeper from distance as Orient took their lead in to the break.

Stevenage’s half-time team talk seemed to have inspired the home side as they drew level just four minutes after the restart. Their attacker picked up a loose ball outside the box and weaved in to the danger area before finding the bottom corner.

Orient however, didn’t rest on their laurels and regained their goal advantage just two minutes later. Adeyemi showed excellent pace to latch on to Tristan Francois-Vernal’s clearance and beat his marker to the box before coolly slotting in to the far corner for his second of the afternoon.

Orient held on for the win coming close on several occasions but unable to find an extra goal to wrap up the points.

The O’s are next in action against Barnet in the Youth Alliance Cup this afternoon (Tue 27, Aug) and they return to league action this weekend when their cup opponents visit Old Chigwellians Training Ground.

ORIENT: Rhys Byrne, Jeremie Sivi, Deago Dunbar-Bonnie (Kevin Frempong 47), Antony Papadopoulous (Ahmed Mirza 69), Wynford Marfo, Tristan Francois-Vernal (Alex Soloman 80), Brian Ifeanyi (Jayden Young 72), Bradley McClenaghan (C), Lawrence Hammond, Finlay Lovatt, Jordan Adeyemi

GOALS: Adeyemi (10 & 50)