Orient got their pre-season underway with a 7-0 win at Harlow Town this morning as Justin Edinburgh’s men prepared for the 2018/19 National League season.
It was a good work out for the O’s as four goals from Josh Koroma and one each for Macauley Bonne, James Brophy and James Alabi saw the O’s win comfortably.
Edinburgh named a strong squad to make the short trip to Essex, the first half XI included youth team prospects Shadrach Ogie and Charles Clayden while Ruel Sotiriou partnered Macauley Bonne up top, after signing his first professional contract earlier this summer.
Orient got the game underway at the Harlow arena and enjoyed a good spell of possession in the early stages.
After 11 minutes, James Dayton lost his man and found Ruel Sotiriou whose left footed shot deflected in to the path of Macauley Bonne to finish low passed David Hughes in the Harlow goal.
Harlow had their first attempt on goal after a quarter of an hour, Robbie Martin’s right sided free-kick found the head of Akin Abiola-Daramola whose attempt flew inches wide of the far post.
Minutes before the half hour mark, Myles Judd cut his cross back to Sotiriou inside the box but the young forwards strike dropped just wide of the target as the O’s looked to double their lead, and that called the end of the first thirty minutes.
A change in goal at the break saw Sam Sargeant replace Dean Brill for the O’s.
Midway through the second third, a quick free-kick from Dan Happe dropped at the feet James Dayton. The winger then cut on to his left foot picked out Bonne inside the box, who linked up with his partner Sotiriou before his deflected shot was cleared by the feet of ‘keeper Hughes.
The second half saw a complete change of squad for the O’s and was the first introduction of forward James Alabi to the travelling fans.
Alabi almost made the perfect start, a smart through ball from Josh Koroma found the forward who was through on goal before the official on the nearside flagged for offside.
Orient doubled their lead in the 54th minute, excellent work by Koroma on the right allowed the winger to reach the by-line and cross for James Brophy who waited and finished neatly in to the corner of the net.
The end of the second third concluded with the O’s on top, the only change at the break came in goal where Arthur Janata replaced Sam Sargeant.
Intricate play from the O’s saw Koroma denied by Hughes, but the winger was on target and found the net moments later when James Brophy’s low cross found his man free in the box.
Young O’s ‘keeper Arthur Janata was called in to action shortly after the hour mark and produced an excellent double save to deny Harlow man Tela Trivelato.
Eagar to impress, Alabi with his back to goal found Hector Kyprianou just outside the box, but the youngsters right footed shot curled inches over the target.
Forward Alabi then got his chance and powered home from close range after Widdowson’s excellent run and cross found Clay who poked to the ball to the forward who finished passed Hughes in the Harlow net.
Two minutes later, Koroma stretched the lead to five when he whipped a beatuful free-kick over the wall and in to the net from 20-yards after Brophy was brought down on the edge of the box.
With ten minutes left to play, Koroma found the back of the net again and completed his hattrick. Trialist’s low cross found the winger in the centre of the net to tap home unmarked.
Youth Team midfielder Brendon Shabani was introduced to the O’s midfield with 10 minutes to play, he replaced Hector Kyprianou.
Koroma notched his fourth goal with two minutes left of the clock, Sam Ling’s perfect pass set the winger free on goal with only the ‘keeper to beat, and he did that as he calmly slotted home as the referee called time on the friendly.
The O’s travel to Portugal on Monday to take on Benfica B at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira (July 14). Justin Edinburgh will take a full squad away with him where the squad will benefit from more warm weather training and an opportunity to bond as a team before the start of the 2018/19 season.
HARLOW: Hughes, Abiola-Daramola, Kissi, Rodgers, Okwute, Simms, Carvalho, Gordon (C), Amalulor, Martin, Vaughan.
SUBS: Raad, Weatherhead, Trivelato, Hesketh, Obisanya, Ali
ORIENT First Half XI: Brill, Judd, Coulson, Happe, Ogie, Dayton, Lee, McAnuff, Calyden, Bonne, Sotiriou.
ORIENT Second Half XI: Sargeant, Ling, Ekpiteta, Elokobi, Widdowson, Koroma, Clay, Kyprianou, Brophy, Alabi, Trailist.