REPORT: Newport County 2-2 Leyton Orient

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The Exiles twice cancelled out the O’s as the game finished a draw at Rodney Parade. Harry Smith nodded home a brace,  while Matt Dolan and Dom Telford scored for the hosts.

Kenny Jackett made two changes to the team that started last week’s 2-0 win against Bradford, with Aaron Drinan and debutant Alex Mitchell replacing Ruel Sotiriou and Hector Kyprianou, who were away on international duty.

The change in personnel allowed a switch in shape too, and the O’s lined up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Mitchell joining Beckles and Ogie at the back.

After a slow opening ten minutes, Orient were able to forge the first opening of the match. Aaron Drinan received the ball from Darren Pratley, opened up his body and shot from close range, but goalkeeper Joe Day managed to block the effort before getting up to save again.

The home side created their first chance of the game soon after. A well worked corner found a man on the edge of the box, who’s low driven strike travelled through a crowd of bodies before Vigouroux saved with his legs.

The Exiles ‘keeper was next to be called into action. A throw-in was cleared to the edge of the box, where Craig Clay patiently waited for the ball to drop, but his volley was pushed away by the ‘keeper.

The first-half was end to end and Vigouroux had to be on his toes to deny Ollie Cooper, who had managed to drive into the penalty area, but the shot lacked the power required to beat the goalie.

Orient broke the deadlock after 34 minutes. Harry Smith climbed highest to nod Theo Archibald’s corner into the back of the net.

Archibald looked to double the lead immediately after from another dead ball situation. An Orient free-kick was positioned nicely to hit the ball with his left-foot, but yet again, Day was on form.

Newport equalised right on half-time. Craig Clay was penalised by referee Leigh Doughty for a foul in the box and Dolan stepped up to pull his team level.

HALF-TIME: Newport County 1-1 Leyton Orient

On the 49th minutes, both sets of fans came together to applaud in memory of the late Justin Edinburgh, who managed both clubs.

The away lead was restored eight minutes into the half. Connor Wood slotted the ball into Pratley, and the Orient captain lofted a ball across the face of goal to Smith, who nodded home his second of the match.

Michael Flynn made a double change after the hour mark in the hope of inspiring his team to make a comeback. The O’s were disciplined after taking the lead and frustrated both the home team and crowd for as long as they could.

Newport clawed themselves level ten minutes from the end through Dom Telford. The substitute attacked a dangerous ball into the area and it was his touch, that beat Vigouroux and earned his team a point.

Newport County: Day, Haynes, Demetriou, Dolan (Farquharson 60’), Norman, Upson, Bennett (Livermore 70’), Willmott, Cooper, Abraham (Telford 60’), Fisher

SUBS: Townsend, Clarke, Lewis, Cain

GOALS: Dolan 45’ Telford 79’

BOOKED: Bennett 68’


ORIENT: Vigouroux, James, Mitchell, Beckles, Ogie, Wood, Pratley, Clay, Drinan (Kemp 90’), Smith, Archibald (Reilly 90’)

SUBS: Byrne, Omotoye, Papadopoulos,  Sweeney, Nkrumah

GOALS: Smith 34’ 53’

BOOKED: Wood 90’ Clay 90’


REF: Leigh Doughty

ATT: 3,845 (396 away)