U18 REPORT: LUTON TOWN 1-2 LEYTON ORIENT

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Leyton Orient’s U18’s overturned a 1-0 deficit to beat Luton Town 2-1 on the road. Jeremie Sivi had brought the O’s level before Lawrence Hammond stole the points in stoppage time.

Eight games into the season the O’s sit second, a point behind leaders Northampton Town, having won six of their fixtures so far.

Orient started the brighter of the two teams and smacked the post just 5 minutes in. A low ball into the box found Bradley McClenaghan whose first-time effort smacked the woodwork.

The visitors had a golden chance of their own ten minutes later. A diagonal ball towards the back post landed on the head of an attacker, but from a good position the forward got his header all wrong and missed the target.

Jayden Young looked to open the scoring with an individual effort, cutting in from the left and taking aim with his right-foot; ultimately fizzing a strike wide of the mark.

Neither side managed to impose themselves in the final third with the referee blowing his whistle for half-time, with it all square at the break.

Jordan Adeyemi and Jeremie Sivi both went close for the U18’s following the restart.

Adeyemi combined with Lovett on the edge of the area before cheekily trying to poke the ball into the ‘keeper’s near side, but the Hatters shot-stopper turned the ball behind for a corner.

Sivi opened his body and waited for the ball before shooting across the ‘keeper first-time, having gotten on the end of Adeyemi’s through ball.

Against the run of play, Luton opened the scoring seven minutes into the half. Attacking down the left channel, the winger got to the by-line before fizzing the ball across the box, where a forward applied a simple finish.

The home lead was intact until the 65th minute, as a goalkeeping howler helped the lads pull themselves back into the game. Sivi took a shot from distance which subsequently lead to the goal. The strike looked to be covered but it dipped through the ‘keeper’s arms and into the net.

Immediately after the equaliser, Luton rifled a free-kick against the underside of the crossbar and Campbell had to be on his toes to gather the rebound as a home player headed towards goal.

It looked as if both sides would be forced to settle for a point, but substitute Lawrence Hammond had other ideas, smashing home a stoppage time winner for the O’s.

A quick break down the pitch from Orient looked threatening, but Hammond still had a lot to do when he first gathered the ball. 25 yards from goal on the left-wing, the forward dribbled inside his marker and struck a stunning effort in off the ‘keeper’s near post.

A quality finish in the nick of time as Ross Wilding’s young men claimed all three points in Bedfordshire.

 

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ORIENT: S. Campbell, J. Sweeney, A. Solomon, W. Marfo, B. McClenaghan (A. Mirza 75’’), K. Frempong (A. Papadopoulos 64’’), J. Adeyemi, J. Sivi, B Ifeanyi (D. Dunbar-Bonnie 73’’), F. Lovett, J. Young (L. Hammond 64’’)

GOALS: Sivi 65’’ Hammond 90”

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