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U18 REPORT: AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Leyton Orient

10 October 2016

Young O's make it a perfect 10

The O’s youngsters made it 10 wins from 10 with a hard-fought 3-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

An early goal from Steven Alzate set Orient on their way before a brace from Josh Koroma ensured the O's walked away with all three points once more.

With only 12 minutes on the clock the O’s asserted themselves in the game with Steven Alzate breaking the deadlock, having already pressurised the home defence on a number of occasions. Pat Adamson crossed the ball in from the left and Alzate was there to bundle the ball over the line from close range despite pressure from the centre backs.

The O’s continued to dominate the first half as they doubled their lead soon after. A great ball from Rian McLean in midfield found the run of Josh Koroma who calmly beat the keeper with a side footed shot for his third goal of season.

During the first half Wimbledon had a handful of chances on target but nothing that troubled goalkeeper Arthur Janata who saved each of them comfortably.

However, with five minutes remaining in the half the O’s were momentarily down to 10 men as Adamson was receiving treatment for a cut after clashing heads, and while they were down on numbers, the hosts were awarded a penalty.

Henry Ochieng committed the foul and received a booking after failing to recover from a bad touch outside the box. Nathan Wood stepped up and converted from the spot to bring the Dons back into the game.

Richard Thomas’ side struggled to get a grip of the game early on in second half, being forced to defend heavily in periods of the half and barely hanging on to the one-goal lead.

Jayden Antwi had plenty of chances to level the scoreline but his closest chances went just wide of the target, while Sean Bird also missed a glorious opportunity to pull back a goal as his header went just over the bar.

The young O’s were under the cosh but still managed to score one more goal to secure the win after surviving difficult periods. Toby Stevenson laid the ball off to Koroma and he bent his shot nicely around the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Next up the O’s host Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, 10:30am kick off.

Orient: Arthur Janata, Myles Judd (Andrew Tayaca 85), Toby Stevenson, Henry Ochieng (Ernold Haxhiu 86), Dan Happe, Steven Alzate, Rian McLean (C), Sam Dalby, Josh Koroma, Pat Adamson (Ruel Sotiriou 77)
Subs: Mason Hall, Charles Clayden
Scorers: Koroma (2), Alzate

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