Match Report: Scunthorpe 1-1 Orient

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Leyton Orient were made to rue missed chances in Lincolnshire, as Aaron Drinan’s first0half strike was cancelled out by Jake Scrimshaw’s leveller in the second half.

Both Harry Smith and Paul Smyth had chances to kill the game in the second half, but couldn’t find the net.

Kenny Jackett opted not to make a change to his Leyton Orient side that won comfortably at home to Sutton United at the weekend, with in-form duo Harry Smith and Aaron Drinan leading the line.

New Scunthorpe manager Keith Hill did opt to ring the changes however following The Iron defeat at Mansfield Town.

Millen, Beestin, Thompson, Jarvis and Pugh were in, whilst Rowe, Hippolyte, Hackney, Scrimshaw and Perry dropped out.

It was a game that Orient had to feel their way into, with a much changed Scunthorpe side looking to set a stall out early on.

Beestin tried his luck from distance, before Omar Beckles headed wide, but neither team could forge a meaningful effort on goal.

This was of course, until Orient came to life, with an incredibly worked team goal, dispatched cooly by Aaron Drinan.

It was Alex Mitchell’s excellent through ball which found Hector Kyprianou bursting into the right channel – where he remained composed to clip the ball to the arriving Aaron Drinan, who made no mistake, finishing first time into the bottom left hand corner.

The excellently capped off team move marked the Irishman’s 10th goal in all competitions, and continued his hot streak in front of goal.

Half-time: Scunthorpe United 0-1 Leyton Orient

The hosts came out the quicker of the two teams, and tried to force the leveller through set-pieces, but again Orient held firm.

The O’s were keen to add a bit of daylight however, and very nearly did that through Dan Kemp.

Played through by Kyprianou, Kemp did well to open up space in the box, before firing a right-footed shot whistling past the post.

Orient could smell blood, and in truth should have had the second through Aaron Drinan, when Archibald’s flicked header found the striker one-on-one.

Drinan couldn’t adjust his feet in time though, and keeper O’Hara was able to take the ball off of the feet of the Orient striker.

The missed chances would soon come back to haunt The O’s, with Scunthorpe United eventually capitalising on a set-piece.

After it wasn’t cleared, Jake Scrimshaw reacted quickest to stab it home from close range, and bring the hosts level.

This was very nearly forgotten about through two big chances for Orient’s number nine Harry Smith. The first saw him do very well to keep the ball and strike goalwards, only for it to bounce off of the inside of the post and clear.

Moments after, he was picked out at the backpost by Aaron Drinan, but he couldn’t direct his first time effort into the net, and rued another missed chance.

The O’s kept coming, and looked like the team who would go on to win the game, with Paul Smyth looking like the man to make it happen.

After being slipped through by Harry Smith, Paul Smyth found himself one-on-one, and looked as if he’d win the game, but fired just wide of the goal.

The home side were happy to settle with a point, whilst Orient once again left with just one point on their travels.


Scunthorpe United: O’Hara, Millen, O’Malley (perry 46’), Kenyon, Taft (C), Onarise, Beestin, Loft, Thompson, Jarvis, Pugh.

Subs unused: Collins, Green, Hippolyte, Rowe, Scrimshaw, Perry, Hackney.

Goals: Scrimshaw 64’

Yellows: Millen 42’, Thompson 78’, Pugh 83, Perry 85’

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James, Clay (Pratley 81’), Smith, Kemp (Smyth 70’), Archibald, Mitchell, Drinan, Beckles, Kyprianou, Ogie.

Subs unused: Byrne, Wood, Happe, Thompson, Sotiriou.

Goals: Drinan 21’

Yellows: Mitchell 90’