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U18s Report and Gallery: Leyton Orient 3-2 Cambridge United

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Last minute winner for the O’s

This morning saw the O’s win 3-2 after a last-minute Nkrumah goal. After a 3-1 defeat to Cambridge early in the season, Orient wanted to prove a point. There were plenty of goals which saw goals from Cambridge’s Akanbi and Njoku, whilst Orient’s goals came from Smith-Kouassi, Charlie Pegrum and Smith-Kouassi.

Inside three minutes, Orient were the first team to find a shot on target. Nkrumah played a good ball out wide to Tanga whose shot on goal was parried by the keeper.

A minute later Cambridge created their first chance on goal after a ball whipped into the box was headed on target, which saw Phillips’s diving to his right and denying an opening goal.

The first goal of the game fell to Cambridge as a ball was pulled back to Akanbi on the edge of the box. He shot first time beating Phillips with the shot smashing into the top left corner.

Not long after, Orient found the equaliser thanks to Smith-Kouassi. The ball was won back by Clements which saw both him and Smith-Kouassi running in on goal. A Collision between the two players looked as if the chance had run by them, but Smith-Kouassi collected the ball and buried his chance into the bottom left corner.

Late on in the first half, Cambridge had a free kick in a dangerous position which saw them convert the chance after a volley at the back post. Luckily for Orient the flag was up for offside.

Minutes after the disallowed goal, Cambridge regained the lead. A through ball was played in behind for Njoku to chase which saw him convert from close range, seeing his effort trickle in into the bottom right corner.

Half time: Leyton Orient 1-2 Cambridge United

Orient found the equaliser in the 70th minute after a great run from Charlie Pegrum. Charlie Pegrum picked the ball up on the left wing and drove into the midfield, before shooting outside of the box, and the effort looped into the top right corner. The ball seemed to have deflected but Orient will happily take it.

That goal gave life to the young O’s as momentum was on their side. A good run from Smith-Kouassi saw him play a delightful ball heading towards Nkrumah, but the ball was defended well.

The referee announced that there would be six minutes of added time. The game was end to end as both teams were looking for the winning goal.

The final kick of the game which saw late substitute Reggie Pegrum play a ball ahead of Nkrumah who was one on one with the keeper, and he took his chance confidentially. Pure and utter limbs from the young O’s which sees them carry on their fine attacking display.

Full time: Leyton Orient 3-2 Cambridge United


Leyton Orient:

Phillips, Kwatchey, Hadjini, Harvest, Tawiah, Ojo(Reggie Pegrum 85’), Tanga, Clements, Smith-Kouassi, Nkrumah, Charlie Pegrum


Sworder, Eaton, Reggie Pegrum, Davies

Goals: Smith-Kouassi 30’ Charlie Pegrum 70’ Nkrumah 90+6’


Cambridge United:

Finch, Sandiford(Lott 58’), Hipneu, Hoddle(Usman 80’), Beckett, Nzeh, McConneh, Njoku, Yearn, Akanbi, Barton(Jarpey 68’)


Jarpey, Brathwaite, Lott, Usman, Winterbone

Goals: Akanbi 22’ Njoku 43’