Match report: Maidenhead United 1-2 Leyton Orient

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Orient continued their momentum of pre-season to record their first win, away at Maidenhead United.

The O’s made a few changes from the previous game, with Matt Young and Ruel Sotiriou earning starts, whilst under a short-term contract former Oldham forward  Marcus Barnes started the game.

It didn’t take Orient long to open the scoring, after a long throw from new signing Tom James caused mayhem in the Magpies’ penalty box.

Dan Happe met the flick on, and Marcus Barnes sent a header crashing odd of the bar, only for it to fall kindly for captain Darren Pratley, who thumped a volley home.

It was to be one of the final involvements for Marcus Barnes, who after a nasty injury needed attention from the physio, before having to be withdrawn in place of Josh Clarke.

Despite controlling most of the game, chances were hard to come by, with Aaron Drinan working hard to squeeze a shot narrowly wide of Holden’s post.

Half-time: Maidenhead United 0-1 Leyton Orient

It was an even start to the second half, Aaron Drinan again going close with a glancing header, before a deep inswinging corner almost saw Maidenhead sneak an equaliser.

Matty Young’s foul on Acquah gave Maidenhead a great chance from a free-kick, with dangerman Barratt over the ball.

His left footed strike beat the wall and dipped down, but dropped just the wrong side of the post, thankfully for Lawrence Vigouroux.

Maidenhead built on this pressure, and soon had an equaliser, after an inch-perfect cross found Emile Acquah in the penalty area, who’s volley dropped off of the post and in.

With changes made to The O’s side, more energy came with it, and it was one of those introductions, Jayden Sweeney, who did enough to win the game for Orient.

His positive movement saw him break into the box and wrestled to the floor, earning his side a penalty.

Ruel Sotiriou stood up to take it, and blasted it home, securing The O’s first win of pre-season.


Maidenhead United: Holden (Lovett 61’), Trialist, Sheckleford, Massey, De Haviland, Upward, Trialist, Asonganyi, Barratt (Trialist 78’), Kelly, Acquah (Trialist 70’)

Subs: Lovett, Parry, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist.

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James, Wood (Sweeney 68’), Happe, Barnes* (Clarke* 22’), Drinan (Tanga 61’), Pratley, Sotiriou, Young (Papadopoulos 68’), Ogie, Kyprianou.

Subs unused: Sargeant, Eaton, Obiero.