The O’s kicked their FA Trophy campaign off with a 4-0 victory at home to Beaconsfield Town. Goals from George Elokobi, James Brophy, Craig Clay and Dale Gorman wrapped up a professional performance at The Breyer Group Stadium as Orient head into the 2nd Round of the FA Trophy.
Orient got things underway in E10, on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon. The hosts dictated early possession, as they looked to take an early advantage. The left flank offered plenty of joy, as James Brophy and debutant Jayden Sweeney linked up well.
Brophy tried his luck just after five minutes as The Rams defence stood off the winger. His curling effort was spilt by Keeper Ravan Constable, but the number one gathered the ball on the second time of asking.
Justin Edinburgh’s men looked composed in possession of the ball as they patiently waited for a breakthrough. Craig Clay saw an effort blocked by a white shirt after Matt Harrold held up the ball well for the midfielder.
Orient found the opening shortly after the 15 minute mark through Captain George Elokobi. Josh Koroma won a free-kick out on the right flank. The 20-year-old delivered the ball towards the back stick where Dan Happe headed across goal. Constable clawed the ball away, but straight to the feet of George Elokobi who fired into the roof of the net.
Brophy’s dribbling ability once again proved too much for the Rams defence but his left footed strike was straight at Constable, as Orient sniffed out a second.
The O’s looked comfortable in the closing minutes of the half and would have had a second if it wasn’t for a last ditch challenge that prevented Harrold a tap in from six yards.
Will Finnie blew his whistle for the half-time break, with Elokobi’s goal was the difference between the two sides.
The visitors got us back underway at the restart, as Gary Meakin’s side continued to chase the game.
Koroma’s quick feet had Jerome Eccleston in a knot, as the November player of the month charged into the penalty area. The subsequent delivery from Koroma took a deflection and smashed the post, as the lead was almost doubled.
A deserved second goal came after 55 minute as Brophy smashed home from inside the area. Koroma’s free-kick was punched clear but only as far as Clay, who found Brophy before he pulled the trigger.
Alex Lawless forced Constable into a smart save following some clever link up play between Sweeney and Harrold.
With a healthy lead intact Edinburgh made his first change, as Ruel Sotiriou replaced James Alabi, with little over 20 minutes to go.
Elokobi was inches away from his second goal of the afternoon after his powerful header was superbly tipped wide by Constable. The resulting corner saw the ball fall to Elokobi once more, the defender's effort flying just over the bar.
Beaconsfield looked leggy in the closing 15 minutes as Orient utilised space in the channels to find their third goal.
Clay stroked the ball into the net following a sharp attack involving substitute Sotiriou and Brophy. Sotiriou broke at pace and found Brophy on the left wing, who then pulled the ball back for Clay to place into the bottom corner.
The fourth came following a stunning free-kick routine as substitute Dale Gorman found the net, four minutes after coming off the bench. The midfielder played the ball to Koroma, who set the ball for Gorman to bend the ball home from 30-yards and make the score 4-0 with seven minutes left to play.
Koroma looked to get in on the act moments later as he tried to catch Constable out at his near post but the 'keeper turned the ball round his post for a corner.
After five minutes of stoppage time the full-time whistle came with the final score 4-0 to Leyton Orient.
Following the win, The O’s will be one of 64 teams in the hat for the FA Trophy 2nd round draw this Monday afternoon. Ties are scheduled to be played on the weekend of Saturday 12th January in the New Year.
ORIENT: Dean Brill, Sam Ling, Alex Lawless, George Elokobi, Craig Clay (Dale Gorman 79), Dan Happe, James Brophy, Matt Harold, Josh Koroma, James Alabi (Ruel Sotiriou 68) Jayden Sweeney
SUBS: Sam Sargeant, Macauley Bonne, Marvin Ekpiteta
GOALS: Elokobi 17’’ Brophy 55’’ Clay 75’’ Gorman 83’’
BEACONSFIELD: Ravan Constable, Jerome Eccleston (Omar Vassel 56), Mayowa Balogun, Reece Yorke, Luke Neville, Wes Daly, Louis Stead (Marvin Morgan 59), Daniel Brown, Brendan Matthew, Bajram Pashaj (Jordon Ajanlekoko 74), Charlie Losasso
SUBS: Joe Adoo-Peters, Nathan Webb
BOOKED: Eccleston 4’’ Balogun 58’’
REFEREE: Will Finnie