O's blunt the Daggers with dominant displayLeyton Orient hit three past local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge to run out 3-1 victors at Victoria Road.
Paul McCallum continued his rich vein of form to get the ball rolling with a header on the 19th minute and Lloyd James scored from the penalty spot nine minutes later.
Winger Dean Cox then added a third with a superb free-kick early in the second half before Jamie Cureton pulled one back on the 90th minute as Orient recorded back-to-back League victories.
For the trip to Victoria Road Leyton Orient Head Coach Ian Hendon made four changes to the team that started at MK Dons by reverting back to the XI which defeated Barnet on the opening day last weekend.
Lloyd James was one of the players to return to the side and the midfielder reached a milestone in doing so as he made his 100th start in an O’s shirt.
Debuting their new third kit, Orient started the game well but despite winning a number of early corners it was the Daggers who had the first chance.
Alex Cisak could only punch Passley’s cross to the Ashley Hemmings on the edge of the penalty area who set the ball for former O’s striker Jamie Cureton who saw a weak shot deflected out, with midfielder Kane Ferdinand apply the final touch.
Moments later the hosts had another chance as a corner fell to the feet of Hemmings who managed to get a shot away, only for Orient defender Sean Clohessy to bravely throw himself in front.
The match was living up to it’s local derby title as neither side shirked from a challenge, and it was the O’s who worked the next opening when Dean Cox received a pass from Frazer Shaw before seeing a low shot from 18-yards held by Daggers stopper Mark Cousins.
With the match just shy of the 20 minute mark Orient then made the breakthrough.
Bradley Pritchard’s cross from the right that was only cleared as far as Cox who then lofted the ball back in and Paul McCallum was on hand to ghost in behind the defence and flick the ball over the helpless Cousins.
Following the goal Orient continued to be well in control of the tie and soon after Bradley Pritchard robbed Joe Widdowson off possession and saw his shot parried by Cousins before McCallum fired the rebound over.
A minute later McCallum came within a whisker of adding his second when he rose well to head a Clohessy cross back across goal but despite leaving Cousins rooted, his header bounced off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
By this point it was all Orient and with 28 minutes on the clock Ian Hendon’s side were awarded a penalty when Clevid Dikamona was penalised for a handball following a corner.
Lloyd James stepped up to take the spot-kick and the midfielder made no mistake on his 100th start as he rifled the ball home to double the O’s lead.
Just like the first half it was Orient who dominated following the interval and they nearly added a third when Cox drilled a low shot wide before McCallum glanced a header the wrong side of the post.
Another goal was definitely on the cards and moments later it was Cox who added the O’s third with an absolute beauty.
The Orient winger celebrated his 28th birthday during the week and showed real quality when he curled a wonderful free-kick into the top left hand corner from 25-yards with Cousins at full-stretch.
Dagenham responded well to the goal however and could have pulled a goal back instantly had it not been from a great reflex save from Cisak to touch Christian Doidge’s effort onto the bar.
Following the save Orient quickly regained control of the match as the pegged the hosts back into their own half before being denied by the woodwork for a second time.
Jay Simpson and Cox both saw shots cleared off the line before the ball was played out to Clohessy who once again delivered a great cross which Simpson powered beyond Cousins only to see it crash back off the bar.
Kane Hemmings then flashed a shot just wide for Dagenham before Orient captain Mathieu Baudry was forced off with an injury and replaced by Alan Dunne for the final ten minutes.
As the match approached added time Dagenham did grab a consolation as Cureton lifted the ball over the rushing Cisak, but it was not enough to prevent the O’s from registering their second league win.
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE: Cousins, Passley, Nosworthy, Dikamona, Widdowson, Chambers (Jones 53), Boucaud (C), Ferdinand, Hemmings, Cureton, Doidge
SUBS: O’Brien, Connors, McClure, Richards, Hamalainen, Partridge
GOALS: Cureton (90)
ORIENT: Cisak, Clohessy, Baudry (C) (Dunne 80), Essam, Shaw, James, Pritchard, Moore, Cox, Simpson (Turgott 87), McCallum (Palmer 71)
SUBS: Grainger, Ling, Moncur, Kashket
GOALS: McCallum (19), James (28 pen), Cox (56)
REFEREE: Gavin Ward (Graham Kane HT)
ATTENDANCE: 3,336 (1,456 away)