REPORT: Luton Town under-18s 2 - 2 Leyton Orient under-18s

access_time 11 months ago

Alex Lawless and Brian Saah’s side managed to secure a point in Bedfordshire, with a 2-2 draw against league leaders Luton Town.

The youth side took the lead twice against the Hatters, through Daniel Nkrumah and trialist Jaheim Whyte, but ultimately had to settle for a point.

The Orient under-18s came firing out of the blocks in Bedfordshire, as they created an abundance of chances and eventually found the opening goal in the 12th minute.

After receiving the ball out wide, Nkrumah made a driving run inside with the ball and his left-footed shot deflected off of the Luton Town defender and trickled into the back of the net.

The young O’s headed into the half-time break comfortably in the driving seat, but the game soon turned on its head as the two teams emerged for the second half.

In quite the role reversal, it was Luton Town who started the second half brightly and converted within six minutes of the restart.

The defence struggled to deal with the bombarding waves of Luton attacks and Orient’s hopes of a clean sheet were brushed away in the 51st minute, as Luton’s number nine equalised with a curling effort from just outside the area.

Both Saah and Lawless made a number of changes, such as introducing Clements and Sodje to the game. This seemed to make quite the difference, as the O’s found their second goal of the morning just past the hour mark and through trialist Jaheim Whyte.

Although Whyte found the back of the net, Tanga’s contribution to the goal should certainly be highlighted. The nippy winger received the ball on the left-hand side before winding his way past multiple Luton defenders and provided the perfect assist for Whyte’s conversion from close range.

Nevertheless, Orient’s lead only lasted a matter of minutes. Amongst some confusion and the ball bobbling between multiple players, a Luton attacker managed to stab the ball home to provide the Hatters’ equaliser just two minutes after Orient’s second.

The home side missed the opportunity to take the three points, as they failed to convert from close range in the dying moments of the game. An in-swinging cross from Luton’s wide man found an unmarked attacker in the box, with his missed effort guaranteeing a much-needed draw for the Orient under-18s.

The young O’s will look to build upon this result, as they’re next EFL Youth Alliance fixture comes next weekend against Stevenage.