Kenny Jackett named three changes to the team that started Saturday’s draw against Carlisle. Shag Ogie made his full EFL debut after impressing from the bench at the weekend, while Tyrese Omotoye made his first start in Orient colours. Elsewhere, Harry Smith replaced the injured Aaron Drinan to lead the line.
It was the team from Yorkshire who scored the opening goal of the match just eight minutes in. The away side nicked the ball from O’s skipper Darren Pratley and immediately darted forward. The ball was punted into the right hand side of the box where George Thomson quickly pulled the ball back to Luke Armstrong, who prodded home from close range.
The goal was a wake up call for Orient, who immediately looked to respond. Tom James’ whipped free-kick into the area met the head of Harry Smith, but his flicked nod flew over the target.
Harrogate’s goal scorer threatened again, this time cutting in from the left flank, but his driven shot was well blocked by Dan Happe.
Town striker Jack Muldoon was the first man to be booked by referee Carl Brook for a late sliding challenge on Hector Kyrpianou.
Town doubled their advantage moments after the half-hour mark, and it was Armstrong again, who found the net. Thomson’s half-volley bounced awkwardly in-front of goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux and fell kindly to Armstrong, who appeared to beat Dan Happe to the ball to bundle home.
Harry Smith forced Mark Oxley into his first save of the match five minutes before the break – the O’s number nine nodded Theo Archibald’s cross into the floor but it bounced to a nice height for the ‘keeper to save.
HALF-TIME: Leyton Orient 0-2 Harrogate Town
Orient were given a route back into the game just four minutes into the half when the ref awarded the O’s a penalty. Archibald’s shot hit a Harrogate arm and Harry Smith volunteered to take the spot-kick. He chose to shoot to the right of Oxley and the ‘keeper guessed the right way to keep the score at 2-0.
Kenny Jackett was the first of the two managers to use his bench; introducing Ruel Sotiriou and Connor Wood in place of Tyrese Omotoye and Shad Ogie.
Dan Kemp was the unlikely man on the end of a Theo Archibald cross, but his header towards goal was blocked at the vital time by his marker.
As the clock ticked on, the O’s gradually became more and more direct in their offensive approach. Multiple crosses were fired into the Harrogate box but with their lead firmly intact, the visitors were happy to defend in the closing stages and see out the match.
Orient: Vigouroux, James, Beckles, Happe, Ogie (Wood 56’), Pratley, Kyprianou, Kemp, Omotoye (Sotiriou 56’), Smith, Archibald
Bench: Byrne, Clay, Papadopoulos, Sweeney, Nkrumah
Booked: Beckles 53’ Archibald 68’ Sotiriou 70’
Harrogate: Oley, Page (Fallowfield 84’), Falkingham, Burrell, Thomson, Pattison, Kerry, Muldoon, Hall, McArdle, Armstrong
Bench: Cracknell, Smith, Martin, Orsi, Power
Goals: Armstrong 8’ 31’
Booked: Muldoon 28’
REF: Carl Brook
ATT: 3,942 (78)