The O’s took on Stevenage who were hoping to win back to back games, but Orient showed character and determination to comeback and win the game.
This afternoon, saw the young O’s bounce back with a victory against a tough Stevenage side. There were goals from Stevenage’s Giroud, Johnson and Middleton, with Orient’s Tanga getting two goals with one apiece for both Obiero and Charlie Pegrum.
Stevenage were the first team to find the net inside five minutes, after a ball from the left found its way to Johnson, whose effort deflected and ended up in the back of the net.
Despite being down by one goal Orient were playing well and creating some clear-cut chances. Great play from Clements with some footwork to beat his man, he played a ball into Charlie Pegrum whose shot hit the underside of the crossbar and out again. An opportunity he wished he could’ve had again.
The next threatening attack came down the right-hand side for Orient with a good ball from Reggie Pegrum in behind for Smith-Kouassi to chase. After some good trickery to beat his man he took a shot, which beat the keeper but not the player on the line.
However, the attack was still alive as Tanga came running onto the ball and smashing the ball past the blockers into the back of the net.
Orient were really starting to apply the pressure, after efforts from both Clements and Tanga, but both efforts failed to beat the keeper.
After Orient’s sturdy domination in the game after their equaliser, Stevenage found a goal against the run of play. A shot blocked by Saponara found its way back to the attacker Middleton, whose shot hit the post and landed into the back of the net.
Not long after, Stevenage extended the lead again after a ball rolled to Giroud on the edge of the box, before seeing his effort fly into the top right corner.
A massive blow for Orient, as they were down by two goals going into the second half.
A lively first half didn’t stop there as the second half was much of the same. A ball into the box by Orient’s Clements saw the defender head the ball towards his own goal, but the keeper scurried over to pull off a good save.
Minutes later, a great ball from Tanga switched over to Charlie Pegrum on the run, but he couldn’t take the ball in his stride.
After this attack, Stevenage created one of their own with a one-on-one attempt, but they hit the post, which was a lifeline for Orient.
Not long after, a superb ball from Reggie Pegrum found Obiero in a lot of space unmarked in the box. He took the ball down wonderfully which allowed him to apply the finish, despite the keeper getting a hand onto the ball.
Orient were again dominant in this stage of the game, as chances were mounting. A one-on-one with the keeper and Kouassi was inches from scoring, but his effort hit the post. Soon after he had another shot, outside the box this time, but his effort just narrowly rose over the crossbar.
It was a matter of time, as a positive run from Tanga found the ball to Charlie Pegrum who unfortunately failed to find the target from close range.
Soon after Orient were able to find the equaliser, a great ball from Clements found its way to Tanga who smashed his shot past the keeper. No saving that one.
The young O’s were on a roll as they gained the lead for the first time in the match, with a great run from Tanga on the right-hand side, he played a ball into Charlie Pegrum who tapped the ball into the back of the net.
However, early warning signs for Orient straightaway as Stevenage hit the crossbar from close range.
After good time management and possession on the ball, it took the sting out of the game and Orient completed a determined comeback.
This concluded a crazy, lively game as the young O’s look towards MKDons at home.
Phillips, Reggie Pegrum, Agyeman, Staerck, Saponara, Apat(Hadjini, before kick-off), Tanga, Clements, Smith-Kouassi, Obiero(Ojo,70), Charlie Pegrum
Cizungu, Hadjini, Ojo, Avgovstidis, Davies
26’ Tanga 55’ Obiero 67’ Tanga 72’ Charlie Pegrum
Aitken, Gilzean, Watkiss, Middleton, Deeyer, Stanley, Giroud, Tinubu, Alexandrov, Johnson, Williams
Tamplin, Stevenson, Owyeagwara, Keller, Bustmante
5’ Johnson 37’ Middleton 42’ Giroud