The U18’s were unfortunate to be knocked out of the Youth Alliance Cup on Tuesday, as Peterborough edged the game 3-2, with Jordan Adeyemi and Lawrence Hammond scoring for Orient.
Having beat Barnet 5-2 in the previous round of the competition, The O’s were denied a shoot-out as Peterborough pinched a third and winning goal in the last minute of the game.
The team lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Adeyemi returning from illness, whilst Hammond spearheaded the attack following his hat-trick last Friday against Cambridge.
Both sides started at a quick tempo, resulting in an end-to-end affair. Brad McClenaghan was the first O’s player to try his luck nine minutes into the game.
The midfielder turned and hit one from distance but his right-footed effort whistled wide of the mark.
Hammond went close to notching the opening goal, but his effort was turned away by the ‘keeper, after Ahmed Mirza’s superb pass put the forward in on goal.
Rhys Byrne was called into action 18 minutes into the match. Some patient football around the penalty area created a shooting chance for the home side, but Byrne got down to his right to make the save.
Byrne later saw the ball skim his post, as Peterborough countered at pace. An effort from the edge of the six-yard box deflected across goal and out of play for a corner off the woodwork.
34 minutes in Orient were awarded a penalty after Hammond was brought down by a sliding challenge. He stepped up to take the spot-kick, which was remarkably saved by The Posh Goalie, but the rebound was turned home by the left-boot of Jordan Adeyemi.
One goal to the good, Jeremie Sivi came close to doubling the advantage. Hammond flicked a ball in Sivi’s direction, who stretched out his right-leg and volleyed towards the bottom corner, but his 18-yard drive was well saved.
The home side levelled things before the break, with a forward tapping home from close range after been found in the middle of the area.
With it all to play for in the second-half, Deago Dunbar Bonnie’s freak cross nearly put the O’s in front. The ball looped over everyone in the middle and smacked the top of the crossbar.
United took the lead shortly before the hour mark, as a blue shirt poked home, after the ball had ricocheted off the post from the original effort on goal.
Hammond was the man who pulled Orient level 18 minutes from time. McClenaghan carried the ball forward and fed the ball to Adeyemi, whose curling effort was punched by the ‘keeper to the feet of Hammond, who jabbed the ball across the line.
Peterborough would snatch the game in the 90th minutes. A free-kick from the right-flank was headed home, giving Orient’s youth no time to respond, bringing their Youth Alliance Cup campaign to an end.
UP NEXT: Luton Town (A) SEP 28TH
ORIENT: Rhys Byrne, Wynford Marfo, Ahmed Mirza, Alex Solomon, Tristan Francois-Vernal, Deago Dubar-Bonnie, Bradley McClenaghan, Anthony Papadopoulos, Lawrence Hammond, Jeremie Sivi, Jordan Adeyemi
SUBS USED: Finlay Lovett, Brian Ifeanyi, Kevin Frempong
GOALS: Adeyemi 37’’ Hammond 72’’