ACADEMY REPORT: MK Dons 2 - 4 Leyton Orient

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Following back-to-back defeats on the road, the O’s responded positively in their most recent outing, as they comfortably defeated MK Dons 4-2.

Brian Saah’s side managed to secure three important points in Buckinghamshire, with Bryan Ifeanyi, Daniel Nkrumah, Jephte Tanga and Finlay Lovatt all finding the back of the net.

Despite the difficulties in recent weeks, the O’s started with an air of confidence in their play and it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken.

With 18 minutes gone, Ifeanyi opened the scoring. In quarterback-like fashion, Will Sanders lifted the ball over the Dons defence and into the path of Ifeanyi, who rounded the goalkeeper and converted into the empty net.

After taking the lead through Ifeanyi, it took just three minutes for the O’s to double their lead. A cross from left-back Harrison Sodje found the unmarked Daniel Nkrumah, with the Orient man converting into the right-hand corner.

With confidence rife amongst the O’s, Brian Saah’s side entered the half-time break two goals to the good, along with a clean sheet. However, the game turned on its head just six minutes into the second half.

From a cross, an Orient defender attempted to clear a lofted ball into the box but the clearance fell to a Dons player on the edge of the area, who converted from distance.

Following a dead leg, Jaheim Whyte made way for Finlay Lovatt. The Orient youngster made quite the impact in the latter stages of the fixture and had a hand in producing Orient’s third.

Cutting inside with the ball, Lovatt curled an effort towards the far post, which the MK Dons stopper managed to get a hand to. However, he pushed his save towards Jephte Tanga and the Orient winger converted into the roof of the net past the hour mark.

In an attempt to keep the game in touching distance, MK Dons found the back of the net in the 71st minute. A Dons midfielder slipped a ball in behind the O’s defence and the attacker manage to guide the ball past Rhys Byrne to reduce the deficit.

With just a minute to go, Orient managed to win a penalty and Lovatt stepped up from 12-yards. With confidence, Lovatt fired his effort into the top left-hand corner, which sealed Orient’s 4-2 victory over MK Dons.

Leyton Orient Starting XI: Byrne, Pegrum, Sodje, Sanders (Staerck 45′), Palmer, Francois-Vernal (Marfo 45′), Ifeanyi, Frempong, Whyte (Lovatt 55′), Nkrumah (Mirza 82′), Tanga