Jordan Adeyemi’s free-kick and Finlay Lovett’s cool finish in the first-half ensured Orient would take all three points, having beat Barnet 5-2 in the Youth Alliance Cup just five days earlier.
The first chance for the O’s fell to Lovett who forced the opposition number one into a good save. Lovett raced onto a loose ball in the area, before firing across goal with his left-foot.
Jayden Young knocked on the door 15 minutes in. An impressive individual effort; shielding the ball from his marker in the area, turning, and firing a low effort on target. However the shot lacked the power needed to beat the ‘keeper from such a tight angle.
Moments after the half-hour stage, O’s goalkeeper Rhys Byrne had to be on his toes to get down low and block a fierce effort from the edge of the area, with the ‘keeper doing enough to force the second effort off-target as he quickly rushed back onto his feet.
The save looked even more important as Adeyemi fired the O’s in front five minutes later. Young’s tricky feet won his side a free-kick in a dangerous area and Adeyemi fired away the resulting set piece. Hammering the ball into the ‘keepers near top corner from 25-yards.
The strike looked to have took a deflection, but no doubt Adeyemi will claim his sixth goal in just five games.
Lovett doubled the O’s lead before the break thanks to Kevin Frempong’s magical assist. Brad McClenaghan played the ball into Frempong’s feet who dummied the ball through his legs, before flicking the ball with his trailing foot in-behind the defence for Lovett to finish.
Lovett rounded the onrushing ‘keeper and kept his composure to fire the O’s to a 2-0 lead at the break.
The Young O’s looked dangerous on the counter following the restart and could have bolstered their advantage.
Adeyemi was a whisker away from a brace, bending an effort off the post from the edge of the area after creating half-a-yard for himself.
McClenaghan was next to go close for the hosts. A sensational run from the half-way line nearly ended in a goal but his deflected effort was tipped behind by the Barnet goalkeeper.
The midfielder would go close again in the final ten minutes of the game, flashing a left-footed drive narrowly wide of the target, after a sharp turn on the edge of the area.
The O’s professional performance in the second-half ensured they kept their two goal cushion and claimed a deserved three points; winning the game 2-0.
ORIENT: Rhys Byrne, Alex Solomon (Ahmed Mirza 75”), Anthony Papadopoulos, Bradley McClenaghan, Wynford Marfo , Tristan Francois-Vernal, Jeremie Sivi, Kevin Frempong, Jordan Adeyemi, Finlay Lovett (Brian Ifeanyi 80”), Jayden Young (Lawrence Hammond 56”)
SUBS: Sean Campbell
GOALS: Adeyemi 37” Lovett 45”