After playing Peterborough United for the second time in a matter of five days, the O’s suffered a disappointing 6-0 defeat to the Posh and left Cambridgeshire empty-handed.
Prior to this fixture, the O’s took on Peterborough on Tuesday afternoon, with this game ending 5-0 in favour of the Posh. Brian Saah’s side returned to Cambridgeshire days later but, on this occasion, Peterborough rode out victorious once again.
Following the loss, Saah said: “It’s a tough one to take, considering we played them on the Tuesday. The boys today just weren’t good enough. We gave the ball away far too many times in bad areas but, to be fair, they’re a good side and they punished us today.”
The home side grabbed a hold of the game after just five minutes, as a through ball from a deep-lying Peterborough midfielder found a Posh attacker, who opened the scoring.
With eleven minutes gone, Peterborough struck again. The Posh full-back surpassed an Orient defender out wide and drove towards the by-line, to later cross the ball to an attacker in the six-yard box, who converted.
This quick start from the home side stunned the O’s during the opening periods of the game. Nevertheless, the under-18s looked to carve out a number of opportunities, but nothing threatened the Peterborough goal.
To further extend their lead, the Posh found their third just prior to the half-hour mark. Peterborough had a number of successive chances on goal and the O’s did their best to clear the danger, however, a Posh attacker eventually found their way through the sea of Orient defenders to convert.
The half-time whistle echoed around Nene Park, as the O’s entered the interval trailing by three goals. As the two sides emerged for the second half, the O’s looked to maintain possession and create a few chances. However, Peterborough re-discovered their scoring touch in the 67th minute, as the O’s conceded a penalty.
With a slow run-up, the Peterborough midfielder slotted the ball to the right-hand side and provided the Posh with their fourth goal of the morning.
Ten minutes later, the Posh recorded their fifth. Against the run of play, Peterborough managed to clear their lines and the Posh winger latched onto the clearance. After dribbling down the right wing with speed, the Posh midfielder delivered a ball into the box that found an unmarked Peterborough attacker, who converted.
In the 81st minute, Peterborough completed the scoreline, as a Posh striker managed to convert a curling effort from outside the area.
“Defensively, we have to be a lot better,” Saah admitted following the game. “We just need a bit more desire to stop the ball from going into the back of the net and, more importantly, I think we just need to get a bit of respectability back to the scoreline.”
After back-to-back defeats on the road, the Orient under-18s will look to dust themselves down ahead of their trip to MK Dons next Saturday.
Leyton Orient Starting XI: Hunt, Pegrum, Sodje, Staerck (Mirza 17′), Francois-Vernal, Palmer, Ifeanyi, Frempong, Whyte (Reindorf 50′), Nkrumah, Tanga