The O’s Youth Team produced another dominant display as they defeated Sholing 5-0 to progress to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup.
Charles Clayden opened the scoring on the 37th minute to give the O’s a one-goal lead going into the break, and strikers Sam Dalby and Ruel Sotirou extended that advantage midway through the second half before substitute Jaedon Phillips bagged a late brace.
Youth Team Coach Danny Webb made four changes to the side that put six passed Southend on the weekend. Goalkeeper Arthur Janata returned to the line-up in place of Samuel Amedu. While Alfie Fleming, Luca Carter-Henry and Jaedon Phillips were replaced by Ernold Haxhiu, Hector Kyprianou and Eric Lopes.
Link up play between Eric Lopes and Andrew Camilio-Tayaca allowed the latter to drill a cross in to the near post for Ruel Sotiriou but the striker’s effort whistled wide of the target to register the first attempt on goal.
Mid way through the first half Lopes’ free-kick from distance was well held by Aaron Whitmarsh in the Sholing net as both sides attempted to stamp their authority on the game.
A lovely flick from Callum Waughman released Harvey Craig through on goal, however the midfielders shot from range wasn’t enough to trouble Arthur Janata in the Orient net.
Orient netted their first just shy of the 40th minute mark, after a quick counter attack. Sam Dalby picked out Charles Clayden at the back post and the winger took a touch to set himself before he calmly slotted past Whitmarsh.
A long kick from Janata to the head of Dalby set Sotiriou through on goal, the striker checked back inside the defender but then dragged his effort wide of the target.
Final chance of the half came when Toby Stevenson’s low cross war directed goal wards by Sam Dalby but Whitmarsh gratefully gathered the ball.
Both teams returned unchanged for the second-half. Lopes’ effort from just outside the box didn’t trouble Whitmarsh as the O’s registered their first effort after the break.
Lovely link up down the right saw Lopes and Andrew Camilio-Tayaca combine, the latter darted in to the box but fired his shot inches wide of the post.
A wonderful back-heel around the defender from Sotiriou released Sam Dalby in on goal, the striker then opened up his body and curled a left footed shot in to the corner of the net.
In the build up to the goal an off the ball altercation between Sotiriou and James Johnson meant the Sholing man received a red card for his actions while the Orient striker was booked.
Orient thought they had scored a third when Sotiriou poked an effort on to the underside of the crossbar, Dalby then tapped in the rebound but the official had already flagged for offside.
The O’s went close through Dalby and Sotiriou again, but the latter was brilliantly denied by Whitmarsh who closed down the striker’s effort well.
Despite having a man disadvantage Sholing came close to an equaliser when Jean-Luc Ramdin picked up a loose ball just outside the box but his effort whistled just wide of the target.
It was the O’s however who scored next, Sotiriou beat his markers before he lashed a wonderful effort in to the top corner to make it 3-0.
Moment later, Whitmarsh stuck out a leg to deny Dalby a second before a Sholing man on the line denied Jaedon Phillips a goal.
Phillips then got his goal two minutes later when Phillips curled a spectacular effort in to the top corner from just inside the box to stretch the lead for the O’s further.
The scoring was not done there however, as Phillips notched a second in the first minute of stoppage time when he controlled well six-yards out before firing beyond Whitmarsh.
The O’s will now travel to Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup, with details to be announced in due course.
ORIENT: Arthur Janata, Andrew Camilo-Tayaca, Mason Hall, Teddy Perkins, Toby Stevenson, Eric Lopes (Jaedon Phillips 80), Ernold Haxhiu, Hector Kyprianou (Luca Carter-Henry 87), Charles Clayden, Sam Dalby, Ruel Sotiriou
SUBS: Samuel Amedu, Alfie Fleming, Brendon Shabani
GOALS: Clayden (37) Dalby (62) Sotiriou (79) Phillips (84 & 90+1)
BOOKING: Sotiriou (64), Phillips (64), Carter-Henry (64)
SHOLING FC: Aaron Whitmarsh, Connor Pearson, James Johnson, Owen Royl, Harry Butler, Tommy Crump, Jean-Luc Ramdin, Harvey Craig (Jamie Staples 57), Bradley Johnson (Tanaka Madzvamutse 78), Frazer McLean, Callum Waughman (Cameron Ross 64)
SUBS: Lewis Floyd, Harvey Wright
SENT OFF: Johnson (64)