At the Matchroom Stadium
Sky Bet League 1
Mitchell Young Reports…
Peterborough snatched all three points with two late goals from Britt Assombalonga and Tommy Rowe.
Leyton Orient were 20 minutes from returning to the top of league with Brentford’s game being called off after David Mooney took the lead for the ‘O’s’.
The visitors started the game brighter with Danny Swanson the first man to have a real chance six minutes in as the ball fell to him in the centre of the box, but his shot was comfortably saved by Bournemouth loanee goalkeeper Shwan Jalal. Peterborough again continued to pressure Orient, as Tommy Rowe had his header well saved once again by Jalal. Orient were thankful for their keeper Jalal for keeping the score goalless with another great save from Nicholas Ajose’s right footed shot. ‘The O’s’ seemed to weather the ‘Posh’s’ storm in the opening 20 minutes and began to take control as Orient’s striker David Mooney’s low left footed shot was well saved by Olejnik down to his right hand post. The home side had turned the game around and were applying more and more pressure and nearly took the lead, with what would have been goal of the season if it had gone in. As Dean Cox from the right hand side struck a shot from 40 yards out hit the post. Mooney missed another glorious chance just before the break from close range inside the box but put his shot just wide of the left hand post.
Peterborough once again started the second half like the first as Tommy Rowe’s left footed shot from outside the box was well saved by Jalal down to his bottom left hand post to palm it away for a corner. Orient had to make an early substitution ten minutes in to the second half after an injury to Elliot Omozusi and was replaced by Gary Sawyer. The visitors threatened Orients goal as the hour mark pasted for Peterborough, as striker Britt Assombalonga cut in from the right hand side and hit a left footed shot which came back off the right hand post. Orient made their second substitution of the game as Chris Dagnall was replaced by Kevin Lisbie. The home side broke the deadlock on the 70th minute to take the lead, after Lloyd James down the left flank whipped in a deep cross to the far post for Mooney to head in from close range back across goal to leave the keeper no chance. To give Orient a valuable lead and give David Mooney his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.
Peterborough nearly struck back immediately from the restart with Ajose but put his shot inside the box just wide of the left post. The away side were pushing for an equaliser and it nearly came from Rowe from a free-kick outside the box but just went wide of the left post. Another dangerous free-kick was given to Peterborough as Swanson stepped up this time but his shot like Ajose’s went just wide of the left post. Peterborough finally equalised agonisingly three minutes from time for the ‘O’s’ as Assombalonga’s header from Nathanial Knight-Percival cross from the left headed in to the top right hand corner to level the game and give him his 22nd goal this season. Peterborough then gave Orient more pain and heartache on the 90th minute as the ball broke to Tommy Rowe in the middle of the box and his strike fizzed into the top left hand corner of the net, for Peterborough to snatch all three points.
Peterborough now move in to the playoffs with that five minute flourish as they go from getting nothing from the game, to taking all three points away from home.