Matt Harrold rescued a point or the O's after his injury time leveller against FC Halifax Town this afternoon saw his side come back from two behind.
First-half goals from Manny Duku and Devante Rodney put the visiros two goals ahead but Josh Koroma's strike moment's after we conceded gave us hope. Then Matt Harrold popped up in injury time to prod home from close range to secure a point at the Breyer Group Stadium.
We got the game underway and attacked Halifax from the whistle, the blistering start saw Josh Koroma prod towards goal but Sam Johnson’s stretched boot kept the wide man from opening his account for the day.
Two minutes later, Orient were on the attack again, this time Craig Clay was urged to shoot by the E10 faithful but watched his shot fly wide of the near-post.
Despite the good start from the O’s, it was FC Halifax Town who took the lead inside the first 10 minutes. Matty Kosylo’s shot hit the post and fell kindly to Manny Duku whose initial effort was cleared off the line by Alex Lawless before Duku nodded home the rebound.
Orient continued their dominance but were unable to find a way through, Halifax countered after 25 minutes with Duku leading the charge but Josh Coulson did just about enough to distract the forward as he fired wide.
Moments later up the Orient end, Macauley Bonne struck the post from distance after smart play on the left from James Brophy and Joe Widdowson found our leading scorer in space.
Josh Koroma was causing a lot of trouble for Halifax’s left side, he advanced into the box and forced another save from Johnson who dived low to his right to keep his team in the lead.
Our fortunes worsened just before the break when Devante Rodney made space for himself and angled a shot into the top corner from 20-yards out.
However, Orient responded and attacked straight from the restart, Koroma cut inside and arrowed the ball straight into the top corner of Johnson’s net, leaving the visiting ‘keeper stranded.
Referee Peter Gibbons blew his thistle signalling the end of a dramatic opening 45 where the O’s trailed 1-2.
Brophy went close to an equaliser after he connected with Widdowson’s cross at the back post but Johnson was there to again make the save, with five minutes of the second half played.
Jay Simpson was next to try his luck, Brophy’s corner dropped at the forwards feet but he lifted it over the bar under pressure from Halifax defenders.
Simpson was involved again, just moments later when he helped on Brophy’s cross and found Happe at the back post but the defender couldn't keep the ball down and nodded over from close range.
Edinburgh made two changes mid-way through the half Matt Harrold and James Dayton replaced Alex Lawless and Charlie Lee.
We pilled on the pressure as Simpson reached the by-line after 80 minutes and squared in search of Harrold but the cross was cleared only as far as Brophy whose attempt was blocked by the face of Jacob Hanson.
The last change came in the form of Maguire-Drew in-place of Joe Widdowson as we attempted to search for a leveller.
As we committed men to the attack Halifax broke with Devante Rodney in the box however the Salford loanee struck high of the target.
But the extra forward-thinking men on the pitch paid off when just minute of stoppage time remained, as Matt Harrold appeared in the box to prod home from Maguire-Drew’s corner-kick following a scramble in the Halifax box.
That proved to be the last kick of the game as the points were shared in E10.
ORIENT: Brill, Lawless (Dayton 70), Coulson, Happe, Widdowson (Maguire-Drew 85), Brophy, Lee (Harrold 77), Clay, Koroma, Bonne, Simpson
SUBS: Sargeant, Ling
BOOKED: Coulson (36), Lawless (59), Widdowson (68)
GOALS: Koroma (45+2), Harrold (90+5)
HALIFAX: Johnson, Clarke, Brown (C), Staunton, Kosylo, King, Berrett, Duku (Quigley 82), Rodney, Skarz, Hanson
SUBS: Edwards, Preston, Rowley, Gondoh
BOOKED: Berrett (12), Skarz (15), Staunton (42), King (64), Rodney (85)
GOALS: Duku (9), Rodney (45+1)
REFEREE: Peter Gibbons
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