REPORT: AFC Wimbledon 7-2 Leyton Orient

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Hammond and Adeyemi on target but the O’s lose out in nine goal thriller.

AFC Wimbledon handed the Young O’s just their second defeat of the season, as Orient fell to a 7-2 loss on the road, ending a winning run of five games.

Orient opened the scoring after just three minutes of the first-half, but the hosts soon took control, taking a 6-1 lead into the break.

Lawrence Hammond got things off to a perfect start, floating the ball into the top corner after Brain Ifeanyi had intercepted possession on the edge of the area. With the ‘keeper off his line, Hammond lofted the ball over his head and under the bar to put The O’s 1-0 up.

The lead lasted just three minutes as the hosts got themselves back level. A low cross into the area found a blue shirt seven-yards out to rifle home with his right-foot.

The O’s were pegged back by constant pressure following the equaliser, however a smart save from The Dons’ number one denied Jeremie Sivi, who fired goal-wards from the right-hand side of the area following a quick counter.

The save proved to be a turning point as Wimbledon took the lead after 18 minutes. A free-kick to the front post sat up nicely for the attacker to shoot across goal and into the top corner. 

Wimbledon continued to be ruthless in the final third adding four more before the break. The third goal soon followed the second; a bouncing header across the six-yard box did just enough to go in off the post.

The fourth goal came from a sharp counter. The right-winger broke away at pace all the way to the box, before pulling the ball back to a team mate, who couldn’t miss with the goal at his mercy.

The game was running away from Orient, who conceded a fifth from a set-piece. A free-kick deep on the right flank was headed back the way it came, into the bottom corner of the net.

With only a couple more minutes of the half left to play, The O’s conceded a sixth. A drilled ball across the edge of the area was well taken by the Wimbledon man, who kept his composure to delicately lift the ball beyond the onrushing Rhys Byrne.

Five minutes after the restart Orient saw a goal ruled out by the linesman. Ifeanyi had beat the ‘keeper from ten-yards, but had creeped a yard offside before receiving the ball.

Midway through the half Wimbledon bagged their seventh. Some tidy footwork on the left flank bought the winger half-a-yard, who whipped a low ball towards the front stick, where a striker poked the ball home to make it 7-1.

Jordan Adeyemi pulled one back for The O’s, bagging his seventh goal of the season, with 73 minutes on the clock. A searching ball from Wynford Marfo found Adeyemi on the touchline, who still had plenty to do.

Adeyemi’s superb first touch lost his marker, and another one beat the challenging centre-back, before bearing down on goal and slotting past the ‘keeper.

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ORIENT: Rhys Byrne, Jeremie Sivi, Alex Solomon, Wynford Marfo, Tristan Francois-Vernal, Kevin Frempong (Ahmed Mirza 72), Anthony Papadopoulos, Bradley McClenaghan, Brian Ifeanyi (Finlay Lovett 72), Jordan Adeyemi, Lawrence Hammond

GOALS: Hammond 3’’ Adeyemi 73’’