Following a one-week break in the EFL Youth Alliance, the young O’s returned to league action this weekend but ultimately lost 2-1 to league-leaders Luton Town.
Although Bryan Ifeanyi managed to pull a goal back for the O’s in the 75th minute, Orient’s fate was sealed as Luton rode out victorious.
On a rather foggy morning over at the Leyton Orient training ground, the game started in end-to-end-like fashion.
Ifeanyi created an abundance of chances, while the away side managed to produce a few opportunities of their own.
The Hatters eventually broke the deadlock in the 36th minute, as a ball across the box found Luton’s number 11 – who converted comfortably from close range.
The league-leaders entered the half-time break a goal ahead and then managed to convert their second of the morning just eight minutes after the restart.
From more than 25-yards out, a Luton player managed to curl his free-kick into the top corner to provide the away side with a two-goal lead.
Despite conceding two goals, the O’s refused to lie down.
With 15 minutes to go, Daniel Nkrumah did well to beat his defender out wide and laid the ball on a plate for Ifeanyi, who converted to provide the O’s with a fighting chance.
With Luton pinned back in their half, it looked as if the O’s were destined to find an equaliser, however, it wasn’t to be.
Despite the result, Brian Saah noted, following the game, that his side did well to respond in the second half.
LEYTON ORIENT STARTING XI: Spicer, Palmer, Dunbar-Bonnie (Sodje 66′), Sanders (Staerck 27′) , Francois-Vernal, Solomon, Ifeanyi, Mirza, Lovatt, Nkrumah, Tanga (J. Young 55′)
Unused substitutes: Pegrum