U18's Match Report: Gillingham 4-1 Leyton Orient

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Gillingham take all three points in 2022

This morning saw the O’s play their first game of 2022 away to Gillingham which ended in a 4-1 defeat. The last two meetings between them have seen Orient come out on top both times, seeing a 4-1 win in the league and a 2-1 win in the Youth Alliance Cup.

After a quiet first half the game came alive in the second half with 4 goals from Gillingham coming from their striker and their wingers, Orient’s only goal of the game came from Fish.

The 10th minute in the game saw a ball over the top for Tanga to chase. He took the ball down well and drove towards the goal. The defender went down and brought Tanga down with him, it looked like a penalty, but the referee waved play on.

Around the 30th minute mark a great opportunity fell to the feet of Orient as Fish whipped a ball in from the right-hand side to find Davies, but he was unable to make any contact onto the ball, which could’ve seen Orient take the lead.

The last real chance of the first half came from a good piece of footwork from Koroma, which opened some space in front of him, but his effort went just wide of the post.

HALF TIME: GILLINGHAM 0-0 LEYTON ORIENT

Orient started off the second half well with a goal in the first five minutes. A throw in from Kwatchey found its way to Tanga. He managed to get a flick onto the ball which rolled its way to Fish who applied a great finish from close range, with his shot ending up in the top left corner.

Minutes later after Orient found the breakthrough, Gillingham found the equaliser. A free kick on the far left seemed to have evaded everyone and went straight into the back of the net.

Orient’s goal seemed to have woken up the Gillingham attack as the scored again, not long after their first. A well taken effort saw the ball end up in the top right corner, coming from the left-hand side.

A crazy few minutes’ saw Gillingham extend their lead after the referee awarded a penalty. The taker went to the right and Phillips went the same way, but he couldn’t make any contact on the ball.

Orient had their backs against the wall as the ball was scrambling in the box, until a Gillingham player who was onrushing drilled the ball into the net, which saw them grab their fourth of the game.

Luckily for Orient, Gillingham could’ve found a fifth 10 minutes later as a ball was converted with a header after a free kick, but the linesmen flagged for offside.

Orient had a late surge on goal with efforts from Koroma, Tanga and Fish but the keeper denied them.

This concluded the game which saw Gillingham take revenge over Orient taking all three points.

 

Leyton Orient:

Phillips, Kwatchey, Sodje, Hajdini, Apat, Eaton, Tanga, Ojo, Fish, Davies, Koroma

Subs:

Sworder, Agyeman, Reggie Pegrum, Phillip, Marley

Goal:

Fish 50’