O's come up short in London derby
Leyton Orient U18’s suffered defeat on Saturday with a 4-1 reverse at AFC Wimbledon.
With Sam Ling and Montel Agyemang travelling with the first team to Port Vale, Victor Adeboyejo lined up in attack having been named on the bench at Doncaster whilst U16’s midfielder Charley Barker was included in the starting eleven for the first time this season.
Barker wasted little time in getting to grips with the game as he created the first chance on the third minute with a wonderful ball forward to Shola Oladipo who was unable to get any real power in to his shot that was turned behind for a corner.
Nick Brown then dragged a shot wide of the Wimbledon goal but the hosts responded with two chances in quick succession before taking a 12th minute lead when Neset Bellikli fizzed a dangerous ball across the six-yard box that Orient ‘keeper Ben Card was unable to claim and Dan Agyei pounced on the loose ball.
Looking for a strong response, Oladipo combined well with Brown down the left and sent a cross towards Adeboyejo but Wimbledon goalkeeper Billy Bishop managed to palm the ball away from the head of the attacker.
With just less than ten minutes of the half remaining Wimbledon then doubled their lead as Agyei muscled his way through the defence and was allowed to surge into the box unopposed before sliding the ball past Card.
Christian Owusu nearly pulled a goal back immediately from the restart but his left footed effort from outside the box dragged wide of the post before Brown avoided a number of challenges moments later only to lose his balance as he steadied himself for the shot, causing his effort to drift wide.
Wimbledon then extended their lead ten minutes into the second half however as Bellikli again ventured forward down the left and crossed for Dan Ano to flick the ball home from close range.
Orient were then handed a route back into the match on the 73rd minute when Owusu was clipped inside the box following a corner and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Skipper Freddy Moncur confidently dispatched the penalty with a powerful shot to the right that sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.
Any hope of a comeback was ended four minutes later however as Agyei broke through the middle of the O’s defence with ease and claimed his hat-trick with another cool finish past Card.
Moncur could have had a second on the 81st minute when Sam Alderton picked out his run at the back-post but the midfielders cushioned volley sailed over the bar as Orient suffered their third successive defeat.
AFC WIMBLEDON: Billy Bishop, Reece Batchelor, Taylor Roles, Ian Smith, Neset Bellikli, Jason Stripp (Egli Kaja 77), Alfie Egan, Billy Frost (C), Reece Bowles (James Parker 68), Dan Ano (Judah Chapman 63), Dan Agyei
SUBS: Will Mannion
GOALS: Dan Agyei (12, 36, 77), Dan Ano (55)
BOOKINGS: Jason Stripp (26)
ORIENT: Ben Card, Myles Judd, Michael Clark, Humphrey, Alderton, Barker, Moncur (C), Brown, Osuwu, Oladipo, Adeboyejo (Harry Andic 68)
GOALS: Freddy Moncur (73 pen)
BOOKINGS: Charley Barker (61)