This afternoon saw Orient take on Luton Town at the Breyer Group Stadium for the first time this season. There were goals from Luton’s winger and Orient’s Tanga.
Orient started off as the better team creating many chances to gain the lead, but none of the efforts led to a goal.
The noticeable opportunity fell to Orient’s Tanga who came from the right-hand side and took a shot which was low down to the keepers left, but he made the save.
Not long after, Charlie Pegrum picked up the ball from the left wing and crossed the ball into the danger zone, which found its way to Davies. His shot was saved by the keeper and another shot was deflected, a panicky Luton defence cleared the ball, and that was the end of that.
The drama in the first half came late on, a ball in behind saw a one-on-one with Phillips, but both him and the attacker collided seeing a straight red from the ref on Phillips. This caught everyone by surprise, as it was a harsh decision. The linesman supposedly said it was a yellow, but the ref stuck to his decision and handed out the red card for the first time this season.
This led to Sworder replacing Staerck.
The free kick from the foul was taken well as Luton tucked the ball away low and hard into the bottom left corner.
This concluded the first half with Orient going down to 10 men, making the game much harder for them to get back into the game.
Luton Town found a lot of joy in behind which saw good saves out of Sworder to keep the young O’s in the game.
Luton mounted a threatening attack as the ball was pulled back into the box, but the shot was rising over the bar.
Not long after, Luton were on the attack again which saw Sworder pull off a great one-on-one save to deny them from close range.
Minutes later a positive run from Tanga on the right wing sees him taken down in the box and winning a penalty. This was taken by Charlie Pegrum whose shot was saved by the keeper. A massive let off for Luton.
Despite the penalty save, Orient were growing in confidence, creating many opportunities, and having shots on goal. Noticeably, Tanga had an effort on goal saved which saw the ball just narrowly fly over the head of Charlie Pegrum, but landed to the feet of Davies, however his shot flew over the bar.
Orient’s determination was rewarded as a wonderful ball over the top in behind to Tanga found him in a lot of space, knocking the ball pass the onrushing keeper and passing the ball into the back of the net.
The final chance of the game fell to Luton whose effort on goal was denied by another good save from Sworder, to help get Orient a draw at home.
This concluded the game, which saw a determined 10-man Orient side gain a draw at home to Luton Town
Phillips, Kwatchey, Sodje, Staerck, Saponara, Apat, Tanga, Clements, Davies, Obiero, Charlie Pegrum
Sworder, Reggie Pegrum, Ojo, Kamara, Avgoustidids