Two late goals saw the u18’s suffer a 2-0 defeat away at Stevenage on Saturday morning.
Orient pushed forward in the latter stages in search for a goal, however the damage had already been done.
The game may have been different, but Captain Hector Kyprianou been couldn’t convert Amin Benyoucef’s wonderfully whipped free-kick after 15 minutes. The defender found himself goal side of his opponent but his volley was sent flying over the bar, much to the relief of the Stevenage goalkeeper.
The home side gathered momentum in the latter stages of the first half and twice came close to scoring before the interval. A good free-kick was met by an attacker who could only divert his header straight at the goalkeeper, squandering a glorious opportunity. Minutes before the half time whistle, Amedu ensured the scores were level fisting away a strong free-kick which would have snuck into his far right post.
The second half started a little brighter for Orient, as the midfield began to grow in confidence and knock the ball around. Benyoucef sparked the game a light with a silky run from half way line, dribbling past several defenders before reaching the penalty area, before sending his effort over the bar. Shortly after, Amedu made his best save of the game an hour in, the goalkeeper courageously rushed off his line and blocked the attacker’s effort, to stop a certain goal.
But the O’s fell behind after 70 minutes, despite goalkeeper Samuel Amedu appearing to be fouled in the build up to the goal. Amedu was knocked to the floor by the challenging striker, however the referee saw no foul and play continued. As the ball fell from Amedu’s hands the Stevenage striker squared the ball to his team mate who had the simple task of converting into an empty net.
Stevenage’s opener swung the momentum completely in their favour, and with the second only minutes later it give Orient little time to rescue a result.
The hosts broke forward with pace, a sharp passing move soon had them one on one with Amedu who couldn’t do anything as the striker poked the ball home to sink the O's to defeat.
Orient will be looking to get their first win of the season in their next fixture against Cambridge. The fixture will be at Old Chigwellians on September 1, 2018.
ORIENT: Samuel Amedu, Jayden Sweeney, Alfie Fleming, Ernold Haxhiu, Brendon Shabani, Bradley McClenaghan, Amin Benyoucef, Hector Kyprianiou, Lawrence Hammond, Jaedon Phillips, Trialist A
SUBS: Jeremie Sivi, Finlay Lovatt, Sonny Perkins, Kyrille Palmer, Kevin Frimpong