The O’s bow out in the First Round of the FA Cup, as Orient’s 2-1 defeat to league-leaders Newport County signified the end to their cup journey.
Jamie Devitt’s wonder strike stole the limelight from Hector Kyprianou’s first professional goal and ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Newport captain’s 77th-minute strike guaranteed the Exiles a place in the Second Round but Orient’s journey has come to an unfortunate end.
During the early periods of this FA Cup tie, it was Louis Dennis that was providing the creative spark for the O’s. The wide man helped construct Orient’s first real opportunity of the afternoon, as his inward pass found Danny Johnson who struck his effort into the arms of the Newport goalkeeper.
Former Orient striker Tristan Abrahams had a number of opportunities to put his side ahead and was certainly a consistent threat to the Leyton Orient defence. With his back to goal, Abrahams looked to carve out an opportunity for himself, but his effort rolled towards Lawrence Vigouroux.
Nevertheless, Newport eventually broke the deadlock in the 40th minute. Vigouroux attempted to clear the danger as he ventured outside of his area to gather a loose ball, however, his pass to Joe Widdowson was just short.
Subsequently, Vigouroux’s stray pass was intercepted by Newport full-back Ash Baker. With an open goal in sight, Baker curled his effort into the empty net to provide the Welsh side with the lead.
However, the away side were quickly removed from the driving seat, as the O’s responded with a goal of their own just minutes later.
Making his first start for Leyton Orient, it was already an afternoon to remember for Hector Kyprianou but it was made even more special when he equalised in the 40th minute. An overhit corner was head back into the box by Jamie Turley and the 19-year-old stylishly dispatched a left-footed volley, which was also his first professional goal.
Just prior to half-time, Newport had a glaring opportunity, which Ash Baker failed to convert. A cross into the box was flicked on by Abrahams and into the path of Baker, who skied his effort from inside the six-yard box.
Although the O’s started brightly in the second half, it was Newport who came the closest to converting following the restart. Minutes into the second half, Jamie Devitt received the ball just shy of the penalty area, opened up his body and his curling effort struck the outside of the post. A wake-up call for Orient.
A lovely Orient move later presented itself in the 58th minute. A deft flick from Wilkinson fell into the path of Johnson and the striker lifted the ball towards Louis Dennis, but the striker couldn’t get the ball under control and the defender cleared.
Following the hour mark, Johnson came agonisingly close to Orient’s second. With the ball at his feet and in space, Wilkinson laid the ball into Johnson, but his effort went narrowly wide of the near post.
As the second-half progressed, it was back-and-forth action between the O’s and Newport. With 15 minutes to go, Newport came extremely close through Jamie Proctor. His long-distance strike nestled across the surface and just wide of Vigouroux’s goal.
Although, it wasn’t long until Newport notched their second. Jamie Devitt, who previously struck the post, found himself in space outside the area and dispatched his effort into the top corner, with 77 minutes gone.
In search of an equaliser, James Brophy, who replaced Wilkinson, made a marauding run on the left-hand side with his cross, destined for Johnson, being cleared by a Newport defender.
Nevertheless, the O’s couldnt find their way through for the second time, which ultimately resulted in Newport County progressing to the Second Round of the FA Cup.
ORIENT: Vigouroux, Widdowson (Maguire-Drew 80′), Coulson, McAnuff, Wilkinson (Brophy 68′), Dayton (63′), Dennis, Akinola, Turley, Kyprianou, Johnson
SUBS: Sargeant, Cisse, Happe, Wright
GOALS: Kyprianou (40′)
NEWPORT: Townsend, Haynes, Demetriou, Dolan, Cooper, Baker, Bennett, Sheehan, Devitt (Willmott 85′), Proctor (Ellison, 85′), Abrahams (Amond 90′)
SUBS: King, Webb, Lewis
GOALS: Baker 36′, Devitt 77′
REF: James Adcock