This afternoon saw a tough match away to Southend United, which saw goals from Southend’s Sandat, Crowhurst, Garzon, Amir and Adedoja, whilst Orient’s goals came from Tanga and Charlie Pegrum.
Southend found their first good chance of the game in the eighth minute, with Adedoja who fired a shot into the side netting. A good start for the home side.
Despite this, Orient started to dominate the ball creating their best chance of the game thus far. Obiero drove through the heart of the midfield, he located Sodje on the left wing who delivered a lovely cross back into the box on the head of Obiero, but it hit the post.
Minutes later, Orient went ahead in the match. Another driving run from Obiero who had created plenty of problems for Southend’s midfield, sees him play the ball to an overlapping Tanga who finished his effort low into the bottom left-hand corner.
Southend found their first goal after 25 minutes as Adedoja won the ball back and set the ball to Garzon, who played the ball to Sandat to tap in at the back post.
Orient’s Phillips denied Southend’s Adedoja as he was bearing down on goal, which saw Eaton clear the ball beating the onrushing Southend players.
Both teams created good chances to take the lead, but the final pass wasn’t there just yet.
This was second half to forget for the O’s as Southend punished the Orient defence.
Minutes into the second half, Southend found the lead through Crowhurst. A headed effort on goal was hooked out of the goal by Phillips, but the linesman confirmed the goal despite protests from the Orient players.
Another effort on goal from Crowhurst after a powerful shot was saved by Phillips just outside the penalty area.
The game was running away from Orient as Southend’s initial shot was saved by Phillips, but Garzon arrived in the box to drill into the bottom right-hand corner.
The home side were finding their rhythm as they found a fourth. Southend’s Sandat delivered a clever ball to the far post for Amir to header from close range.
A positive run from Davies saw him cut inside before wrapping his foot around the ball to bend the ball in, but his effort narrowly missed the top right corner.
The O’s weren’t giving up as a good ball across goal from Sodje saw the ball land to Nkrumah, but his effort on goal was wide of the post.
Not long after, Southend made the game out of reach for Orient. Southend’s Crowhurst darted into the box, and he played the ball into Adedoja, who shot first-time beating Phillips.
Orient were still giving it a go as a ball from Nkrumah was set back to Charlie Pegrum, who was given the space to shoot, seeing his effort curl into the top right corner.
This goal gave the O’s some belief with an effort from Tanga was saved by the keeper, but the follow up was headed by Obiero and hit the left post, narrowly missing Akinbusoye who couldn’t apply the finish.
This concluded the game which saw Southend take all three points. Orient now take on AFC Wimbledon at home next week.
Phillips, Tanga, Sodje, Kwatchey, Eaton, Apat, Obiero, Harvest, Akinbusoye, Charlie Pegrum, Nkrumah
Norman, Reggie Pegrum, Davies, Avgoustidis, Smith-Kouassi
Tanga 18′, Charlie Pegrum 78′
Purcell, Kamara, Arrowsmith, Burkey, Reeve, Droney, Crowhurst, Amir, Adedoja, Garzon, Sandat
Fallows, Bland, Shenouda Bolarinwa, Williams
Sandat 26′, Crowhurst 47′, Garzon 58′, Amir 65′, Adedoja 74′