ORIENT U18s continued their unbeaten start to 2014 with a 4-0 demolition of AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
With skipper Charlie Grainger absent on England duty, defender Alex Finney wore the armband as the O’s looked to produce some of the same attacking football that saw Gillingham put to the sword 4-2 on Saturday.
It was a game of high intensity with Wimbledon slightly edging the early possession but defensively the O’s looked very resilient and goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card was rarely threatened though made one excellent save to his left in the opening stages.
As the game started to wear on, Orient got more of a foothold with their attacking fluidity returning on the 3G surface at Tooting & Mitcham.
The breakthrough came just before the interval when a corner was driven in by Josh Uzun from the right that fell kindly for Scott Kashket to pounce and rifle a loose ball home to give the O’s a 1-0 lead to take into the interval.
Tactical adjustments made at the interval to counter the home side’s 3-5-2 system saw Orient take the game by the scruff of the neck and they duly extended their lead just before the hour mark. Good work down the left by Kane Adams saw Uzun swoop to finish inside the box neatly.
Orient weren’t finished there though and Uzun completed his brace shortly after when this time Finney released Sinclaire Sandy down the left who found Uzun in familiar territory to all but finish the tie.
Orient left the best till last though when a defensive-splitting pass from Finney saw the sub Jerome Martelli receive the ball on the bounce just inside the box and hit an unstoppable shot in the top left corner of the Womble’s goal.
The home side to their credit kept battling and were denied a consolation goal only by the reflexes of Bridle-Card late on.
O’s Academy Director Andy Edwards, was pleased that his players have discovered the consistency that at times was missing from their game in the opening half of the season.
“It was an accomplished performance to follow on from Saturday’s result against Gillingham. We’ve spoken to the lads about levels of consistency and they certainly delivered that today, and hopefully this should give us a springboard for the remainder of the season,” said Edwards.