Month: August 2016

Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group G: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 1

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Leyton Orient go top of the Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group G, after a 3-1 victory over 10-man Stevenage at The Matchroom Stadium.

Stevenage’s Dean Wells saw red early on for Stevenage after a high elbow which aided to Paul McCallum’s brace with one in each half and a Sandro Semedo volley.

The away sides second half goal was only a consolation shortly after the O’s doubled their lead, as Fraser Franks scored with his head.

Andy Hessenthaler made six changes to his side that lost 2-1 at home to Mansfield at the weekend.

The visitors had the first chance of the match, as the O’s defence called for an offside that was not given on Jake Hyde – who on the turn fired a shot which was straight at Sam Sargeant.

The home side then had their first shot on target, as Semedo burst forward and his shot from range stung the hands of Jamie Jones.

Stevenage were reduced to 10-men only 13 minutes in, as Dean Wells was given his marching orders after an elbow to the face of Paul McCallum.

Orient again looked threatening as Harry Cornick stretched the Stevenage defence, he whipped a ball to the far post for Semedo to cut inside and test Jones once again who was equal to it.

Jordan Bowery was then played through on goal but he placed his shot straight at the rushing Jones who denied the striker.

Bowery again was stopped by the fingertips of Jones this time, as the ball was slipped into him inside the area and his low drilled shot was parried by a strong right hand from Jones.

On the half hour mark, Orient nearly took their deserved lead as a cross field ball from Callum Kennedy found Cornick and his strike from a tight angle hit the near post.

Orient took the lead shortly after, as Cornick again caused Stevenage problems as his cross was cleared only to McCallum in the centre of the box to volley into the top corner.

Cornick almost scored from a wonderful solo run with five minutes before the break, as he took on and beat two players but his shot from a tight angle went narrowly wide of the far upright.

McCallum was inches away from a superb goal, as his audacious overhead kick attempt from Nicky Hunt’s cross went just over the bar.

Cornick nearly capped off a superb first half performance with a goal, as the ball came to him just outside the box and his strike was kept out by another great stop from Jones.

In the second half, Orient doubled their lead just eight minutes into the second half. Just two passes undone the Stevenage backline, as Kennedy’s cross field ball to Cornick was clipped to the far post for Semedo to volley in.

Stevenage grabbed a goal back just five minutes later, as a free-kick was whipped in by Andrew Fox and met by Franks with Sargeant in no man’s land.

Orient got their third and McCallum’s second, as Cornick beat his man and squared the ball across goal for McCallum to tuck in from close range – to claim all three points.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 24 Sam Sargeant. 3 Callum Kennedy, 6 Tom Parkes, 8 Robbie Weir ©, 10 Paul McCallum, 15 Nigel Atangana (45), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick, 21 Jordan Bowery (74), 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aron Pollock

Substitutes: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly (45), 9 Ollie Palmer, 23 Freddy Moncur, 28 Josh Koroma, 30 Sam Dalby (74), 31 Steven Alzate

Stevenage Lineup: 1 Jamie Jones, 3 Andrew Fox, 4 Jack King, 5 Fraser Franks, 11 Tom Pett, 15 Jake Hyde (59), 19 Dean Wells, 22 Charlie Lee, 23 Harry Cowans, 25 Ronnie Henry ©, 24 Matt Godden

Substitutes: 16 Chris Day, 8 Steven Schumacher, 9 Rowan Liburd, 18 Michael Tonge, 20 Connor Hunte (59), 28 Nathan Kerr, 30 Mark McKee

Attendance: 876 (47)

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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 0

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Leyton Orient secured their first league victory of the season, with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Stevenage at The Matchroom Stadium.

Orient gained an early a two goal cushion in the first half, through Gavin Massey’s strike for the advantage.

Dean Cox got the second with a superb header to dismantle a struggling Stevenage in the opening half.

Massey grabbed his brace for his third goal in three games in the second half, to deny Stevenage any chance of a revival as the O’s secured their first victory of the season.

Andy Hessenthaler made four changes to his side that were defeated 1-0 by Newport County at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Ollie Palmer, Sean Clohessy and Captain Robert Weir all moved to the bench with Paul McCallum not in the squad due to a knee injury as Nigel Atangana, Nicky Hunt, Harry Cornick and Jay Simpson all started for the O’s.

The visitors nearly scored within the second minutes, as former O’s midfielder Jobi McAnuff was slotted in but for a firm hand down to his right by Alex Cisak.

After a mistake by the hosts, Matt Godden was played through on goal and he lifted it over the rushing Cisak which was hooked off the line by Hunt.

Massey burst down the left into the box to cross, after good work from Sandro Semedo for Cox who headed over the bar.

Orient took the lead 20 minutes in, with Cox to whip a daring low ball across the box for Jay Simpson who’s shot was saved by Jamie Jones. The rebound then came to Harry Cornick to head against the post, which then fell to Massey who struck home on the third attempt for his second goal of the season.

The visitors then had a chance to level, through Mcanuff but he unselfishly tried to square the ball across goal which almost fell to Tom Conlon, until Semedo slid in and cleared the danger at the far post.

The hosts doubled their lead eight minutes from the break, as Cornick’s cross on the touchline was met by Cox to power a header just inside the box which came off the inside of the post and in.

Orient nearly put the match beyond doubt, as Cornick’s over hit cross was spilled by Jones under no pressure, which was picked up by Massey to cut inside and his shot was desperately blocked by Stevenage to deny a third.

In the second half, Stevenage had a chance to get back into the match, as a high ball was won by Godden fell to Macnuff whose shot on the volley went wide of the target.

The O’s secured the three points with 15 minutes to go for Massey’s second of the evening, as substitute Jordan Bowery burst down the right to drill a low ball across goal, which found its way to Massey to fire in from close range.

Cisak held on to his clean sheet in the closing minutes, Stevenage substitute Dale Gorman shot was stopped as Orient now move up to mid table.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 4 Liam Kelly ©, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Dean Cox (66), 11 Gavin Massey, 15 Nigel Atangana (50), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick, 22 Sandro Semedo, 27 Jay Simpson (74), 37 Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 2 Sean Clohessy, 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robert Weir (45), 9 Ollie Palmer (74), 21 Jordan Bowery (66), 24 Sam Sergeant, 45 Armand Gnanduillet

Stevenage Lineup: 1 Jamie Jones, 25 Ronnie Henry ©, 6 Luke Wilkinson, 5 Fraser Franks, 3 Andrew Fox, 32 Tom Conlon (66), 18 Michael Tonge, 22 Charlie Lee (45), 7 Jobi McAnuff, 24 Matthew Godden, 14 Ben Kennedy (45)

Substitutes: 16 Chis Day, 11 Tom Pett, 26 Shaun Donnellan, 20 Connor Hunte (66), 15 Jake Hyde, 9 Rowan Liburd (45), 17 Dale Gorman (45)

Attendance: 3,774 (304)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 3 Stevenage 0

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Newport County 1

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Leyton Orient open their home account with a disappointing 1-0 home to Newport County at the Matchroom Stadium.

Newport took the lead midway through the first half, as Jamie Turley poked it in from close range.

Andy Hessenthaler made five changes from his sides 3-2 midweek home defeat in the EFL League Cup to Fulham and three changes from his sides 1-1 away draw at Cheltenham.

With Nigel Atangana, Harry Cornick and Jordan Bowery benched after a knee injury last week as Dean Cox, new signing Liam Kelly and Paul McCallum slotted into the starting lineup.

Orient started brightly, as Dean Cox slotted into Gavin Massey out wide on the outside of the box to square the ball across goal but was cleared away by Newport.

Newport showed their attacking intent, as Sean Rigg nicked the ball off Sandro Semedo and his shot from the edge of the box went just wide with Alex Cisak at full stretch.

The visitors had another opportunity minutes later, as the ball fell inside the box to Rigg who rifled his shot over the bar.

Massey then got the O’s fans to their feet, as he skipped passed his man – cut the ball across the box to Ollie Palmer, whose shot on the turn was straight at Joe Day.

Jennison Myrie-Williams whipped the ball across the face of goal for Marlon Jackson’s diving header to be saved by Cisak but was penalised for a foul.

The game began to get scrappy without any clear-cut chances, until a corner from Newport was flicked on at the near post by Jackson to Turley who tucked the ball in at the back post, to stun the hosts.

In the second half, Orient looked to respond and almost did through Ollie Palmer out wide and his low cross was given to Kelly inside the box whose shot was blocked by Darren Jones.  

Orient were pressing and were getting joy from their substitutes, as Harry Corwick burst through and selfishly shot from a tight angle which was saved by Day.

The hosts threatened form a set piece this time, as it was flicked on twice towards goal until Palmer headed over from inside the six-yard box.

Orient went on the break with seven minutes remaining and nearly equalised as Semedo cross was met by Palmer but he headed wide and was relieved when the offside flag was raised.

The home side again tried to break down the Newport defence down, as Kelly’s first time shot went narrowly wide, which was the last effort for the O’s as Newport took all three points.

Leyton Orient: 1 Alex Cisak, 2 Sean Clohessy, 4 Liam Kelly, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Dean Cox (72), 8 Robbie Weir © (72), 9 Ollie Palmer, 10 Paul McCallum (60), 11 Gavin Massey, 22 Sandro Semedo, Yvan Erichot

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sergeant, 3 Callum Kennedy, 15 Nigel Atangana (72), 16 Nicky Hunt, 20 Harry Cornick (72), 21 Jordan Bowery (60), 45 Armand Gnanduillet

Newport County: 1 Joe Day, 3 Dan Butler, 4 Darren Jones, 5 Jamie Turley, 6 Joss Labadie, 8 Mark Randall (85), 11 Jennison Myrie-Williams (64), 13 Marlon Johnson, 15 Jordan Green (63), 17 Scott Bennett ©, 27 Sean Rigg

Substitutes: 30 James Bittner, 2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (63), 12 Ben Tozer (64), 14 Paul Bignot, 16 Josh Sheehan, 20 Tom Owen-Evans (85)

Attendance: 4,184 (306)

EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Newport County 1