Yesterday afternoon, Orient faced Luton Town again one week after their 1-1 draw at the Breyer Group Stadium, but this time in the Youth Alliance cup.
This game saw two goals from Luton Town’s McJannet with Burger and Allen finding one apiece. Orient’s goals came from Charlie Pegrum, Sodje and Tanga.
Orient found a fair bit of joy down the left side, however, couldn’t find the final pass in the box. Noticeably, Nkrumah found a lovely pass onto an onrushing Charlie Pegrum who tried to find Kouassi in the box, but the attempt was intercepted.
After 38 minutes, Luton Town broke the deadlock as Luton’s Allen played a ball in behind to Burger who took the shot on first time, with a bobbling surface it helped him to guide the ball into the left corner.
Not long before half time, Orient won a free kick in a dangerous position, however, an attempted short free kick was intercepted which mounted a threatening counterattack for Luton. A five-man attack against Orient’s two was carried about by Luton’s Allen who knocked a ball wide to Burger, before finding McJannet in space in the box seeing him net Luton’s second in the match.
Luton Town started off strong in the second half, as a ball in behind from Burger found its way to McJannet who smashed his shot into the roof of the net, seeing him net his second of the match and extending Luton’s lead by three goals.
The next goal came from Orient who found their first goal on the hour mark. A ball out wide from Kouassi for Tanga to chase allowed him to pick out a cross finding Charlie Pegrum who volleyed the ball well into the bottom right-hand corner.
A lifeline for Orient to get back into the game was soon fading, as a looping ball from Luton’s Newton found its way to Allen, who ran clean through on goal before placing his shot hard and low into the right corner beating Sworder.
Despite this goal, Orient hit straight back as Tanga flicked the ball up to himself and sent a looping ball just outside Luton’s box. The ball found its way to Sodje who took the ball down on his left foot then shifted it onto his right foot before scoring a sensational outside of the box shot, seeing his effort bend into the top right corner.
Not long to go before full time, and Orient were still determined to get back into the game. Orient’s Sworder sent the ball long up to Kouassi who held the ball up well playing the ball to Charlie Pegrum, who sent the ball over the top first time to Tanga, seeing him one on one with the keeper and applying a calm finish.
A comfortable lead for Luton was put on edge as Orient were a goal away from an incredible comeback. Luton had a great opportunity to wrap the game up at the end as substitute Muffat beat his man, but his shot was denied by Sworder keeping them alive in the game.
Not long after, the whistle blew which concluded the game meaning Luton advance into the next stage of the Youth Alliance Cup and Orient are out.
Sworder, Tanga, Sodje, Kwatchey, Saponara, Apat, Obiero, Clements, Smith-Kouassi, Charlie Pegrum, Nkrumah
Cizungu, Reggie Pegrum, Ojo, Staerck, Davies
Charlie Pegrum, Sodje, Tanga
Cowler, Swan, Odell, Wedd, Johnson, Hemlin, Newton, Burger, McJannet, Allen, Lynch
Bentley, Pinnington, Matthews-Lewis, Bateson, Muffat
Burger, McJannet (2), Allen