The O’s make the trip to Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park for Carl Fletcher’s first game as O’s Head Coach this evening, the venue of a number of memorable trips for the Club across the years…
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Leyton Orient – 12 August 2000
The home side had gone almost the entire 1999/00 season with an unbeaten home record, only losing on the final day, while Leyton Orient had taken until November to secure their first away victory so there was an air of inevitability that the O’s would secure victory on the opening day of the 2000/01 season.
Australian winger Richard Garcia was making his debut and his run down the right flank provided an opportunity for Carl Griffiths to slam home the winner, while fellow-youngster Chris Dorrian earned plaudits for his debut performance.
The O’s managed to hold on, despite David McGhee being sent off for a second yellow card after kicking the ball away in the latter stages, to make it a great start to the season. Tommy Taylor’s side finished in 5th place that season, losing to Blackpool in the play-off final.
Plymouth Argyle 1-4 Leyton Orient – 7 May 2011
A rare occasion when new O’s boss, Carl Fletcher, played against the Club when he appeared for Plymouth Argyle in a dominating performance for the away side.
The O’s took the lead through a Scott McGleish penalty in the 13th minute before doubling their advantage two minutes later through Dean Cox.
Yannick Bolasie pulled one back in the second half to give the Pilgrims some hope but a red card to ‘keeper Romain Larrieu gave the visitors the opportunity to wrap up the game, which they did through Alex Revell just minutes later.
The forward scored again in the 89th minute to make it 1-4.
Plymouth Argyle 3-3 Leyton Orient (O’s won 5-6 on penalties) – 12 August 2014
The two sides met for an enthralling League Cup encounter in August 2014, both sides scoring three goals across 120 minutes of play.
The O’s flew into a lead as Dean Cox fired in from 25 yards before setting up Matthieu Baudry for the second before two goals by Reuben Reid either side of the break pulled the home side level.
Romain Vincelot headed home in extra-time for what the O’s thought would be the winner but Carl McHugh’s deflected effort sent the tie to penalties.
Luke McCormick saved from Gary Sawyer in the shootout to give the Pilgrims a 3-2 lead but Gary Woods managed to save Jason Banton’s potentially winning penalty before stopping Carl McHugh’s spot-kick to give the O’s the lead. David Mooney, Kevin Lisbie, Jobi McAnuff, Nathan Clarke, Romain Vincelot and Mathieu Baudry netted for the O’s in the shoot-out.
Plymouth Argyle 2-3 Leyton Orient -14 February 2017
Possibly the most well-remembered trip to Home Park for the O’s as Danny Webb’s side celebrated Valentines Day with their first win in eight games.
The O’s side started five teenagers in an era that was overshadowed by poor ownership and made the trip to high-flying Plymouth Argyle with little expectations, fears that seemed justified when Antoni Sarcevic opened the scoring in the 10th minute.
Gavin Massey equalised just before the break with a great strike stemming from a long, winding run down the left flank but Matt Kennedy restored the lead in the 54th minute.
Massey was again the hero as he equalised for the second time in the 88th minute as he stroked home from inside the box before the O’s somehow secured the three points when Sandro Semedo drilled home in the 90th minute, sending the bench and away fans mental. It felt like a crucial win at a crucial time, although ultimately the O’s wouldn’t manage to stay up while the home side was promoted to League One. The game is also noted for then-O’s skipper Liam Kelly pushing a ball-boy when retrieving a loose ball, an action that saw him receive a six-match suspension.