REPORT: Leyton Orient 2-0 Reading U23's

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Orient’s pre-season started with a 2-0 victory against Reading U23’s at The Breyer Group Stadium.

The match was played behind closed doors and was Ross Embleton’s first opportunity to watch his players up against an opposition team since March.

His side started the better and almost took an early lead. Conor Wilkinson cut inside from the right flank and smashed a left footed effort into the side-netting.

Orient enjoyed space in the wide areas of the pitch and created another opportunity shortly after the ten-minute mark. Shad Ogie, who started at left-back, found Danny Johnson in the middle of the box but the forward could only flash a header wide of the mark.

GOAL – Craig Clay was the man to break the deadlock after 25 minutes. Yet more great play in the final third was rewarded when the number eight volleyed home Josh’s Wright’s cross from a tight angle.

Lawrence Vigouroux was called into action shortly after the goal. The Chilean was alert to make a smart stop at his near post, denying Reading’s Ajose, as the visitors came forward for the first time.

Both sides had one more chance before the half-time break. Wright was incredibly unfortunate to hit the post having struck the ball cleanly from the edge of the area. Down the other end, Reading spurned their best opportunity of the game.

Having got behind the O’s back line, a blue jersey squared the ball to Ajose in the middle, who skewed wide with the goal beckoning.

The O’s looked hungry as they came out for the second half. Clay fed Johnson in behind, but the striker’s dink was smothered by the opposition shot-stopper.

Ross Embleton made ten changes (Orient 60′) on the hour, transforming his side completely, which injected a new wave of energy into the game.

Captain Jobi McAnuff was one of the subs introduced and he wasted no time making an impression on the game. McAnuff found Dennis in the area but the latter couldn’t finish as the ‘keeper made a great save.

Lee Angol was next to be denied by the man in-between the sticks. Having beat his marker, Angol looked to wrap the ball into the bottom corner but was ultimately unsuccessful.

GOAL – The 26-year-old wouldn’t be denied in the 89th minute. McAnuff looped a ball into the six-yard-box and Angol leaped highest to nod into the bottom corner and secure victory.

The second goal was very much deserved, as the O’s wrapped up a comfortable win in their first pre-season fixture.

Up next: Tottenham Hotspur U23’s (H) AUG 19th

 

ORIENT: Vigouroux, Widdowson, Cissè, Coulson, Clay, Wilkinson, Judd, Ogie, Johnson, Wright, Trialist

ORIENT (60′): Sargeant, Ling, Happe, McAnuff, Maguire-Drew, Dayton, Brophy, Dennis, Angol, Turley, Trialist

GOALS: Clay 25′ Angol 89′