Young O's development side well beaten in Cambridgeshire
ORIENT development squad lost their first game of the season as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Peterborough United.
The home side fielded a starting XI with plenty of first team experience whilst it was a younger looking Orient team with Harry Lee the only senior pro on show along with two trialists.
The home side dominated the opening exchanges as Orient struggled to get a foothold in the game. The Posh knocked it about with confidence and Spurs loanee Kenny McEvoy opened the deadlock midway through the first half when he finished from 12 yards after a well worked move.
Orient responded well though and skipper Harry Lee had a shot well saved from distance when he found space and smashed an effort that looked destined for the top corner.
Shortly after the O’s were made to pay for some defensive hesitancy when McEvoy grabbed the second when he stabbed home from close range after the ball had bounced around the six yard box.
Orient again went on the front foot and Scott Kashket almost pulled one back when he nicked possession after a mistake by the Posh goalkeeper but fired his shot into the side netting.
Orient looked brighter in the second period and Sam Ling went close with an early header from a corner as the O’s had the better of the possession but failed to create enough chances.
With 20 minutes to go though, the home side struck the killer blow when Jack Friend found space in the right channel after Orient had missed a chance to clear and he slipped the ball calmly under goalkeeper Ben Card.
Orient didn’t give up and between the two boxes were arguably the better of the two sides in the second half but will feel they lacked a ruthlessness in both boxes.
O's development line up: Card, Oladipo (Alderton), Humphrey, M. Clarke (Judd), Ling, Trialist (Brown), Agyemang, Kashket, Adeboyejo, Lee, Trialist