Wynford Marfo’s stoppage time equaliser snatched a point for Leyton Orient at Whitbreads Sports Ground, as Leyton Orient drew 1-1 with visitors Stevenage.
Goalkeeper Sean Campbell saved a penalty, preventing Stevenage doubling their lead early in the second half, and inspired his team to dig deep to fight for a result. O’s kept fighting and got the goal they needed right at the death. Marfo was first to a loose ball, smashing the ball with his left-foot into the net, after Stevenage failed to clear from a Charles Clayden free-kick.
The O’s lined-up with a diamond in midfield, encouraging the players to pass the ball around, whilst the full-backs could exploit the gaps out wide.
Orient’s high pressure nearly forced the Stevenage Goalkeeper into a mistake early on. Lawrence Hammond ran and tackled the keeper but the ball ricocheted wide of the goal.
Stevenage took the lead after 28 minutes, Jeremie Sivi, back from injury, brought down his man and left the referee with no choice but to award the away side a penalty. Campbell saved the spot kick well, but couldn’t keep hold of the ball, and a blue shirt pounced to hammer home the rebound.
Jaedon Phillips had the ball in the net shortly after, but the striker was well off-side. Charles Clayden, playing at the tip of the diamond, played the ball to the forward, but it was a split second too late.
Orient continued to play well after the break, as they hunted down an equalising goal. Hammond saw an effort well blocked following some slick build up play. A clumsy challenge from Wynford Marfo saw the referee award Boro a second penalty after 51 minutes. Campbell made the stop, this time down to his right, but importantly kept hold of the ball. A heroic save, at an important time of the game.
The men in red kept pushing in the closing 30 minutes to find a goal. Hammond and Sweeney both forced saves out of the Stevenage stopper, before the match entered stoppage time.
With five minutes of stoppage time nearly up, all hope seemed to be gone. One last roll of the dice saw Orient snatch what they deserved.
Clayden’s whipped the ball from 35-yards into the danger area, Stevenage’s defence failed to clear their lines, allowing Marfo to pounce onto a loose ball and fire the ball into the net with his left foot. The young centre-back roared as he celebrated with his team-mates and the referee called full-time.
Orient’s next league fixture is scheduled for the 3rd of November as the lads travel away to Cambridge.
ORIENT: Sean Campbell, Jeremie Sivi, Kyrell Palmer, Wynford Marfo, Jaydon Sweeney, Tom Mulqueen (Anthony Papadopoulous), Ernold Haxhiu (Bradley McClenaghan 35), Brendon Shabani (Brian Ifeanyi 65), Charles Clayden, Lawrence Hammond, Jaedon Phillips
SUBS: Jordon Adeyemi, Alfie Fleming
GOAL: Wynford Marfo
BOOKED: Campbell, Ifeanyi