Young O's put in a great performance at Championship opposition
Leyton Orient U18’s picked up their first league win of the season with a wonderful team performance to defeat Watford 2-0.
Substitute Christian Owusu capitalised on a defensive mistake to break the deadlock on the 80th minute before Victor Adeboyejo sealed the win seven minutes later after rounding the keeper.
Orient winger Sandro Semedo had the first chance of the match on the 7th minute when he burst into the box but could only fire his shot into the side netting.
Four minutes later Orient ‘keeper Ben Card pulled off a brilliant save to deny Watford’s Michael Folivi, coming off his line sharply to get a foot on the shot and touch it out for a corner.
Semedo was looking the most threatening for Orient going forward and midway through the first half the winger created two chances within a matter of minutes, cutting inside from the right on both occasions before firing shots over the bar.
As the first half came to a close, Orient’s Jack Humphrey rose highest to get on the end of Freddy Moncur’s corner but Watford goalkeeper Shaun Rowley managed to push the defender’s header away and keep the score level at the break.
Watford started the second half strongly and within four minutes of the restart, Card had already been forced into making two smart saves to deny Mahlando Martin. The O’s goalkeeper first got a foot to the midfielders close range effort before diving low to his left to tip the ball round the post two minutes later.
Both sides continued to cancel each other out as the second half wore on but with just over an hour played, Watford had to defend well to clear another dangerous Moncur corner that Sam Ling headed goalwards before Montel Ageymang saw his powerful follow-up blocked.
The match seemed destined for a draw but with only ten minutes remaining, Orient substitute Christian Owusu raced on to a defensive mix up to open the scoring with a strike that, despite Rowley’s best efforts in the Watford goal, bounced over the line.
Orient then doubled their lead in the 87th minute when Montel Ageymang ran at the heart of the Watford defence and picked out the run of Victor Adeboyejo with a brilliant disguised pass into the box. The striker then claimed his third goal of the season by rounding the goalkeeper and firing the ball into the empty net.
Dennon Lewis thought he had grabbed a late consolation for Watford in the 90th minute but the striker’s header was ruled out for offside as Orient secured their first league win of the season.
Orient U18’s manager Andy Edwards showed great satisfaction towards his team’s performance after the match.
“I thought it was an excellent performance from the first minute to the last,” said Edwards. “It was two good teams with good individuals amongst them and was a fairly even contest.”
He added: “Ben Card made an excellent save early on to keep the score level and I then thought we went on to have the better chances in the first period. It always looked like one goal was going to win it and Christian Owusu took his goal very well after a mistake from the oppositions centre half and we put the game out of reach with a goal from Victor. I thought every individual came out with credit and we played with real good discipline and a good understanding.”
ORIENT: Ben Card, Sam Ling (c), Michael Clarke, Jack Humphrey (Christian Owusu 63), Kane Adams, Sandro Semedo (Myles Judd 54), Freddy Moncur, Montel Ageymang, Shola Oladipo, Scott Kashket, Victor Adeboyejo
SUBS: Sam Sargent
GOALS: Christian Owusu (80), Victor Adeboyejo (87)
WATFORD: Shaun Rowley, Alfie Young (c), Charles Rowan, Matthew Hall, Harry Kyprianou, Mahlando Martin, Max Makaka, Carl Stewart, Michael Folivi, Il Myeong Choi (Joseph Otudeko 60 (Ashley Charles 75)), Dennon Lewis
SUBS: Andrew Thomas, Tom Rosenthal, Malik Thomas