U18's Report: Young O’s put up a strong fight against Romford

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Romford proved to be a tough opposition for the young Orient side, but a tight game showed clear progress for the U18’s.


The afternoon saw the young O’s take on a strong Romford side with goals from Menga and Oladipo, with Orient’s only goal coming from Obiero, following on from his long ranged effort for Orient XI in midweek.

A slow start for both teams saw the first clear chance of the game fall to Romford after 15 minutes, with Menga registering his first shot – but Byrne got down low to his left to deny the forward.

Not long after, a teasing ball into the box by Orient’s Davies saw the ball go agonisingly past the striker – which almost saw the O’s take the lead.

Another opportunity from Romford followed, with a positive run from Olukolu seeing him take the ball just outside the box, after unleashing a shot which was just wide of the top right-hand corner.

A loose back pass saw the Romford’s keeper run out to get to the ball before a rushed clearance landing to the feet of Obiero, shot was just wide of the open goal.

Minutes later, a bursting run into the box by Romford’s Olukolu saw him brought down, leading to a penalty. Menga then took the penalty – narrowly beating Byrne, who dived the right way.

With the last minute of the first half, a lovely through ball from Orient’s Davies saw Obiero through on goal.

With a one-on-one, he skipped past the keeper’s challenge and passed the ball into an open net, seeing both teams deadlocked going into the second half.


HALF TIME: Romford 1-1 Leyton Orient

The first opportunity of the second half came from Romford, as Carvell put Olukolu through on goal. However, his shot was just wide of the top right corner, identical to his first half attempt.

Soon after, a deflected ball into the box from the left-hand side saw the ball land to the feet of Smith-Kouassi which saw a fine save out of the keeper down quick to his left-hand side.

Straight after, a counterattack broke out starting with a long kick down field from Romford’s keeper, picking out Oladipo, who fended off the Orients defenders.

Byrne came running out and making a great initial stop, before the ball rebounded off him and into the back of the net.

After a quiet second half, the game finished as a win for the hosts, but more experience picked up for the young Orient side, as they look ahead towards the start of the season on August 7th.


Leyton Orient: Byrne, Pegrum, Taiwa, Trialist, Agyemang, Ojo, Trialist, Obiero, Trialist, Davies, Smith-Kouassi (Koroma  70’).

Subs: 12 Trialist   13 Cizingu   14 Trialist   18 Koroma

Goals: Obiero 40′

Romford: Simeon, George, Nelson, Kauzeni, Olukolu, Carvell, Toussaint, Menga, Aldana, Tankara , Barnett.