Leyton Orient suffered a 2-1 defeat away to MK Dons after two goals in the closing five minutes cancelled out Mason Hall’s first half volley.
The hosts got things underway, as Orient began their first game of the New Year. A swift counter attack saw Orient spark an opening, as a ball across the box fell to Charles Clayden, but the winger couldn’t get an effort goal bound.
The O’s enjoyed a good start to the game, using the flanks to their advantage as they knocked the ball around with confidence.
Jayden Young’s low cross from the right trickled to the feet of Clayden on the edge of the area, who sent a low shot towards the bottom corner, which was easily saved by the MK Dons Goalkeeper.
The hosts were on the back foot in the early stages, only creating a couple of shooting opportunities which failed to test O’s Goalkeeper Sam Amedu.
Orient continued to threaten from wide positions, and some intricate dribbling from Brian Ifeanyi earned a free-kick in a dangerous area.
The free-kick led to the opening goal of the game. A perfect delivery from Clayden was met by O’s captain Mason Hall, who calmly volleyed home from close range with his left-foot, giving Orient the lead after 24 minutes.
Amedu was soon called into action, as he kept Orient’s lead intact, clawing away a header from close range. The ball wasn’t cleared and fell to the feet of an MK Dons forward who fired wide after a fantastic challenge from Anthony Papadopoulous saw the ball cannon back off the forward and out of play.
The Shot-Stopper was called into action once again, diving low to his right to turn the ball away from his goal.
Straight down the other end Ifeanyi threatened with a great individual run, cutting inside into the area, but bending an effort over the bar.
Jayden Young was forced off with a head injury before the half-time whistle and was replaced by Sonny Perkins. The game’s intensity fizzled out in the closing moments of the half, with Orient taking a lead into the break.
The second-half didn’t present either side with goal-scoring opportunities, as Orient defended their lead resolutely. Amedu was untroubled until the 75th minute when he bravely blocked an effort from an on-rushing forward.
The hosts pushed on in the final 10 minutes of the game, and found an equalising goal after 85 minutes. A loose ball wriggled through to a forward on edge of the box, who curled an effort home into the bottom corner with his left foot.
The Dons were to snatch all three points’ right at the death with a goal in stoppage time. A counter attack down the left saw a ball whipped into the box, before finally being hammered home after a block from Wynford Marfo.
The O’s are back on the road as they take on Luton Town this afternoon. The game had been scheduled to be held before Christmas, but had to be rescheduled. Orient will be back at home on Saturday morning as they host Peterborough United.
ORIENT: Sam Amedu. Anthony Papadopoulous, Mason Hall, Kyrell Palmer (Wynford Marfo 53’’), Diego Bonne, Jeremie Sivi, Brad McClenaghan, Tom Mulqueen (Ahmed Mirza 47’’), Charles Clayden, Brian Ifeanyi, Jayden Young (Sonny Perkins 37’’)
GOALS: Hall 25’