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REPORT: Woking 0-4 Orient

28 July 2015

Orient dominate with first-half blitz

Jay Simpson scored twice as Leyton Orient produced a dominating first-half display to defeat Woking 4-0.

Ollie Palmer got the ball rolling in the third minute with a deflected strike before Simpson and Kashket grabbed a goal each in quick succession. Simpson then bagged his second of the night with the last kick of the first half with a rasping strike from a tight angle.

For the trip to the Kingfield Stadium Ian Hendon named new signings Alex Cisak and Alan Dunne in the starting XI as well as handing trialists Zaine Francis-Angol and Jack Parkinson the chance to impress in defence.

Two further trialists were named on the bench as goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet and defender Yann Songo’o featured among the substitutes.

Fresh from their 3-0 victory at Colchester on the weekend, Orient wasted little time in grabbing a foot-hold on the tie as they took the lead through their first attack of the match.

A neat first time flick from Scott Kashket released Blair Turgott down the right who then rolled the ball into the middle for Ollie Palmer to sweep the ball beyond Woking stopper Jake Cole with the help of a deflection.

Five minutes later Palmer nearly worked a second for himself having controlled Zaine Francis-Angol’s low cross but the forward could only drag the ball wide of the far post.

The O’s were looking comfortable during the opening minutes and it was Palmer’s striker partner Jay Simpson who was the next to try his luck as he controlled a pass from Lloyd James and turned swiftly 25-yards from goal before firing a shot narrowly over the bar.

Less than a minute later however Woking nearly snatched an equaliser as John Goddard worked some space inside the box but the Cards man was unable to keep his effort on target and test Alex Cisak in the O’s goal.

Orient’s forward line looked threatening every time they came forward and Simpson latched on a defensive error to double the O’s advantage just shy of the 15th minute as he capitalised on Ismeal Yakubu’s slip to place the ball beyond Cole.

Yakubu’s evening was to get even worse four minutes later however as he could only turn Turgott’s cross towards his own goal and Kashket was on hand to touch in Orient’s third and his second in as many games.

Fully in control of the tie, Orient continued to dominate the first half and new signing Alan Dunne came close to capping his debut with a goal as he raced onto the end of James’ free-kick but could only head behind.

With eight minutes of the first half remaining Woking striker Scott Rendell was presented with a wonderful chance to pull a goal back as he was left unmarked to get on the end of Chris Arthur’s cross but the forward’s header flew wide.

On the stroke of half-time Simpson added his second of the match with a wonderful strike as he latched onto Sean Clohessy’s pass to burst into the penalty area before rifling an unstoppable strike in at the near post.

During the break Hendon opted to make three changes, as Clohessy, Dunne and Sammy Moore made way for Sam Ling, Bradley Pritchard and trialist Yann Songo’o.

Having been treated to four goals in the first half the O’s failed to create many chances after the restart and it was not until the hour mark that James came close with an ambitious left footed half volley which dropped wide.

Alex Cisak had been rarely throughout the match but as we entered the final third he had to react quickly after parrying a Rendell header before diving at the feet of Giuseppe Sole and that was to be his final action of the night as he was replaced by trialist Deniz Mehmet in the O's goal moments later.

The hosts appeared to be more resolute during the second half and they continued to try and grab a consolation as midfielder Keiran Murtagh came close to pulling one back with a strike from outside the box which ended up flying wide.

There was to be no consolation for Woking however despite the best efforts of Sole who saw a shot drop just over the bar in the dying seconds as Orient held on for the clean sheet. 

ORIENT: Cisak (Mehmet 69), Clohessy (C) (Ling HT), Parkinson, Dunne (Songo’o HT), Francis-Angol, Turgott, Moore (Pritchard HT), James (Moncur 69), Kashket (Agyemang 76), Palmer (Semedo 69), Simpson
SUBS: Shaw
GOALS: Palmer (3), Simpson (14 & 45), Kashket (19)

ATTENDANCE: 871

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