The Leyton Orient under-18s recorded their first EFL Youth Alliance victory of the season yesterday morning, courtesy of a Matthew Young double and Anthony Papadopoulos’ conversion from close range.
The young O’s side recorded a dominant victory over Cambridge United, which will undoubtedly provide an abundance of confidence heading into their FA Youth Cup tie on Monday night.
The game sprung into the life after just nine minutes, as the O’s were awarded a penalty. With an air of confidence, Orient captain Matthew Young converted his first of the morning, by placing his effort low to the left-hand side.
Following the early lead, the under-18s were working their way through the gears, as their confidence only grew as the first-half progressed. Bryan Ifeanyi seemed destined to convert just before the half-hour mark, as his effort cannoned off the crossbar.
The O’s headed into the half-time interval with the lead and the goals continued to flow in the second-half. Prior to the hour mark, Young scored his second and doubled Orient’s lead as he converted with a close-range, instinctive finish.
Ten minutes later, it was Anthony Papadopoulos who scored Orient’s third and final goal of the morning. The Orient number ten managed to turn in the rebound from Frempong’s strike, which provided the O’s with a commanding lead.
In the 78th minute, the away side managed to pull one back. The Cambridge United winger cut inside and managed to play a deft pass behind the Orient defence, with a midfielder running through and converting beneath Jayden St Paul.
Nevertheless, the O’s ran out 3-1 winners which will provide Alex Lawless and Brian Saah’s side with an added sense of confidence heading into the FA Youth Cup tomorrow.
ORIENT: St Paul, Palmer (Marfo 71′), Dunbar-Bonnie, Frempong (Lovatt 71′), Francois-Vernal, Solomon (Sodje 75′), Ifeanyi (Jayden Young 75′), Matt Young (C), Whyte, Papadopoulos, Tanga (Nkrumah 75′)
GOALS: Matt Young 9′, 57′ – Antony Papadopoulos 70′