Southend United U18 1 - 3 Leyton Orient U18Southend United 1 – 3 Leyton Orient
Football League Youth Alliance SE Conference
ORIENT came from behind to make it two wins from two at the start of their Football League Youth Alliance campaign.
Southend took an early lead against the O’s, but Andy Edwards’ side rallied to claim all three points in fine style.
Affy Obafemi was on the mark again to notch his third of the campaign, while George Wickings and Elyon Egbeku were also on target to help the east Londoners continue their perfect start to the season.
The U’s moved in front with just six minutes on the clock, Jack Payne half volleying home after Marlon Agyakwa’s cross bounced up invitingly inside the penalty area.
Orient came close to equalising immediately, but Harrison Georgiou was unable to squeeze the ball home by the right hand post, then the same player was denied by the Southend stopper after being set up by Harry Lee.
Sean Grace made a good goalline clearance to keep the score at 1-0, and Orient took advantage of his intervention with three unanswered goals after the break.
Wickings got the comeback going, finishing off after receiving a pass from Obafemi, who made his second appearance for the first team off the bench in the midweek defeat to Stevenage.
Then Obafemi got on the scoresheet himself, sweeping Georgiou’s pass beyond Shrimpers goalkeeper Ted Smith, and having notched 18 goals for the youth team last year, the second year scholar has already taken that form into this season.
Southend looked to respond and Jack Edwards scuffed a Michael Ademiluyi cross over the top, while Mitchell Pinnock nodded wide, but Orient secured all three points with their third goal through Egbeku.
Georgiou was the provider this time, winning possession in midfield before sprinting deep into Shrimpers territory and setting up Egbeku, who finished from 15 yards.
Georgiou had the chance himself to score a fourth soon afterwards, but was denied from the penalty spot by Smith – and his miss wasn’t to matter as Orient had already done enough to secure their second three-point haul of the campaign.
Youth team boss Andy Edwards said: “It was an excellent performance against a Southend team who always provide tough opposition.
“After an even first half, in which I felt we played well within ourselves, we showed our potential after the break and we could have won by a bigger margin in the end.
“If we carry on with the same attitude and application, there should be a lot to look forward to this season.”
Orient: Charlie Grainger; Sam Ling, Alex Finney (Johnville Rene-Prince 46), Sean Grace, Kevin Kwarteng; Elyon Egbeku, Rob Nash (Lawson Okimeji 80), Harry Lee, George Wickings; Affy Obafemi, Harrison Georgiou (Josh Uzun 80)