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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Cambridge United 1

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Leyton Orient grabbed an injury time equaliser, to continue their recent home form of unbeaten in three as they drew 1-1 with in form Cambridge United at The Matchroom Stadium.

Luke Berry took the lead for the visitors midway through the first half with a close range effort.

Ollie Palmer got the all important stoppage-time leveller for the O’s to send the crowd into ecstasy with his last minute half volley, as Orient now take seven points from their last nine at home.

Andy Edwards named an unchanged eleven that overcome Crawley Town 3-2 last week, with added team news that Callum Kennedy returned to the bench after his recovery from a groin injury.

Cambridge had the first real opportunity of the match, as Luke Berry’s dangerous cross could not be turned in by Uche Ikpeazu inside the box and the cross went just passed the post.

Orient had their first chance in front of goal, as the ball came out to Captain and defender Nicky Hunt to hit a fierce strike from long range just wide.

The hosts created a great chance for the lead, as Gavin Massey slotted it into Paul McCallum who laid the ball off to Sandro Semedo to strike just inside the box but his shot was straight at Will Norris.

Cambridge took the lead against the run of play, as the ball found its way into the box and was scrambled to Harrison Dunk who rode Judd’s challenge and slipped his shot past Alex Cisak.

In the second half, Cambridge threatened to extend their advantage through Ikepeazu, as he pounced on a blocked clearance inside the box but his strike was straight at Cisak.

Orient had a great chance from a Michael Collins corner, as McCallum met the ball with his head but fell straight to Norris.

Cambridge had the ball in the net, as Ikepeazu diverted a shot in – to the relief of the Orient players the linesman raised his flag for offside.

The away side should have doubled their lead, as Brad Halliday burst forward and his cross found Dunk at the far post to head onto the bar.

Collins’ free-kick found McCallum head which looked to be heading in but for his header to be diverted out for a corner.

Orient grabbed a late equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time, as the ball was clipped into McCallum who was bundled over and the ball dropped to substitute Palmer to strike his half volley which squirmed underneath Norris, to snatch a late point at the death.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Alex Cisak, 29 Myles Judd, 19 Teddy Mezague (33), 6 Tom Parkes, 16 Nicky Hunt (C), 11 Gavin Massey, 7 Michael Collins, 15 Nigel Atangana, 22 Sandro Semedo (67), 10 Paul McCallum, 30 Sam Dalby (52)

Substitutes: 24 Sam Sargeant, 37 Yvan Erichot (33), 3 Callum Kennedy, 8 Robbie Weir, 28 Josh Koroma (67), 21 Jordan Bowery, 9 Ollie Palmer (52)

Cambridge United Lineup: 1 Will Norris, 28 Brad Halliday, 6 Leon Legge, 5 Mark Roberts, 2 Greg Taylor, 7 Piero Mingoia, 4 James Dunne, 24 Conor Newton (62), 8 Luke Berry, 11 Harrison Dunk (86), 26 Uche Ikpeazu (94)

Substitutes: 13 David Gregory, 3 Blair Adams, 10 Ben Williamson (86), 15 Sean Long, 16 Tom Dallison, 20 Max Clark (62), 23 Joe Pigott (94)

Attendance: 5,897 (1,391)

FA Trophy Final: Cambridge United 4 Gosport Borough 0

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Cambridge United Celebrate

 

Cambridge Break Gosports Dream to Claim FA Trophy

Cambridge United take the FA Trophy after a convincing 4-0 win against Gosport Borough at Wembley.

Josh Gillies grabbed the opener followed by a brace for Ryan Donaldson and finished with a penalty for Luke Berry.

Gosport started strong and looked the better side for the first 35 minutes with Nathan Ashmore keeping out shots from Ryan Bird and Josh Gillies.

Cambridge broke the deadlock seven minutes before half time as Josh Gilles lifted the ball over the defence for Ryan Bird to guide the ball over Ashmore who could not do anything about it.

Cambridge took their chance when it came and lead at the break despite Gosport being the better side overall and knocked the steam out of Gosport for the final seven minutes of the half.

In the second half Cambridge doubled their lead early on in the 50th minute Ryan Donaldson took down a great long pass by Ryan Bird and went round the keeper and slotted the ball in to double their lead.

On the hour mark Ryan Donaldson grabbed his second as Josh Gillies shot came off the post then pin balled around the box until it fell to Donaldson who struck it in to the bottom left hand corner.

Gosport had a claim for a penalty to give themselves a chance for a comeback but referee waved away appeals from the Gosport players.

Cambridge put the icing on the cake twelve minutes from time from the spot this time after Sam Pearce brought down Andy Pugh and Luke Berry stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Gosport almost got a consolation four minutes before the end as Dan Woodward hit the bar as Cambridge claimed their first ever FA Trophy.

18,120 Attendance

Cambridge manager: Richard Money

Gosport Manager: Alex Pike

Cambridge United Lineup: 13 Norris, 3 Taylor, 4 Coulson (5 Bonner 86), 6 Miller ©, 7 Donaldson, 8 Champion, 14 Tait, 17 Hughes (24 Arnold 73), 18 Berry, 25 Bird, 29 Gillies (15 Pugh 60)

Gosport Borough Lineup: 1 Ashmore, 2 Molyneaux, 3Forbes, 4 Brown (12 Williams 58), 5 Poate, 6 Pearce, 35 Carmicheal, 8 Smith, 9 Sills (15 Woodward 58), 10 Bennett, 18 Gosney (14 Wooden 71)

Unused Subs:

Cambridge United: 2 Kevin Roberts, 16 Mitch Austin

Gosport Borough: 11 Adam Wilde, 23 Ryan Scott