Leyton Orient 3-1 Solihull Moors: Orient Record First Home Win Of The Season


Leyton Orient picked up their first win of the season, following a 3-1 home victory over Solihull Moors. 

Orient dominated the opening half and hour, as the home side dominated possession for majority of the game. Visitors Solihull struggled to keep with the O’s pace, especially in the first-half.

On the 21st minute Orient took the lead. Jobi McAnuff’s corner was bundled in by midfielder Charlie Lee, who scored his first goal for the club to make it 1-0.

Striker Macauley Bonne saw his left-footed effort hit the post, similarly McAnuff would also see his curling effort hit the up-right. Furthermore George Elokobi came close to scoring for the O’s, Solihull really rode their luck.

Then just two minutes after the restart, Orient doubled their lead. David Mooney scored his first goal for Orient since re-joining the East London club in June. The Irishman putting Orient 2-0 up.

Despite Orient seeing a lot more of possession, Solihull fought their way back into the game. Oladapo Afolayan’s shot found its way through O’s keeper Charlie Grainger, to make it 2-1 with fifteen minutes to play.

However just two minutes later Orient put the game to bed. Elokobi rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net, to make it 3-1. The former Wolves defender opens his account at the club. Orient finally up and running for the season.

Full-Time: Leyton Orient 3-1 Solihull Moors

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Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient: Tough Start To Non-League Life For The O’s

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Photo Credit: East London Advertiser

Leyton Orient began life in the National League with a 2-0 opening day defeat away to Sutton United. 

Just fifteen minutes in and Sutton were awarded a penalty. O’s full-back Joe Widdowsom was deemed to have brought down Craig Dundas. Skipper Jamie Collins was on hand to convert the spot-kick from 12 yards, giving Sutton a 1-0 lead.

As weather conditions worsened with hailstone beginning to pour down, Orient’s performance did no better to brighten the afternoon.

Eleven minutes from half-time, Sutton doubled their lead. The O’s failed to clear their lines and were punished. Dean Beckwith was provided enough time and space inside the box, to bundle the ball home to give Sutton a 2-0 lead.

Orient came out after the break unchanged, yet they still failed to registered a single shot on goal.

The opening 15 minutes of the second-half almost saw the U’s add a third on multiple occasions. Sutton striker Lafayette almost scoring a third for the Amber, which would have put the game truly beyond Orient’s reach.

With twenty minutes to play Josh Koroma was brought off the bench in place of Jobi McAnuff. Subsequently following this change, Orient’s best spells were to follow. Koroma caused some problems for the Sutton back-line, however his contributions went un-graduated, as Orient failed to create clear cut chances.

Finally with less than ten minutes to play, James Dayton registered Orient’s first shot on goal in the game, with an effort from distance which keeper Jamie Butler comfortably dealt with.

Full-Time: Sutton United 2-0 Leyton Orient.

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Leyton Orient 2017/18 Season Preview

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Despite the pain of relegation from the football league in May, prosperous times appear to be on the horizon for Leyton Orient once more. Here is a preview of the 2017/18 campaign for Leyton Orient.

The past three years have been a nightmare for Leyton Orient which even Steven King could not have novelized. From the brink of promotion to the Championship to relegation from the football league, a fall from grace is truly an understatement.

However performances on the field were perhaps the least of the club’s worries last season. Antics from former Italian owner Francesco Becchetti almost put the football club’s future on the line. Orient were slapped with an array of winding-up orders, which effectively saw the club attend the high court.

Then in June the East London club’s nightmare reign under Becchetti finally ended. Kent Travis of Dunkin’ brands purchased the club. Mr Travis a life-long Orient fan was joined by business partner Kent Teague, who joined the club’s boardroom.

Along with new ownership came the appointment of new management. Former Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis was appointed manager with Ross Embleton joining him as Assistant Manager. Furthermore Martin Ling returned to the club, this time as Director of Football.

The summer transfer window has so far proved to be in full effect at Brisbane Road. With the club suffering relegation, many of last season’s squad departed the club. Many saw a massive clearance incoming at Orient, thus new faces were essential for the forthcoming season.

14 new players have been brought into the club, including some familiar names amongst the O’s faithful. Former fan favorite David Mooney returned to the club, upon his release from Southend United. The former Cork City striker is a welcome addition and return to the club.

Winger Jobi McAnuff also rejoined Orient on a one-year deal. After leaving League Two side Stevenage, McAnuff returned to E10. The Jamaican international previously spent two seasons at Orient.

In terms of new faces becoming residential in E10, there were some fine additions made. Charlie Lee, George Elokobi, Macauley Bonne & Alex Lawless, all names recognized within the realms of the football league have all signed for Leyton Orient.

The club officially confirmed to have appointed Charlie Lee as first-team captain and David Mooney as club captain, respectively.

The O’s kick their first ever non-league campaign tomorrow lunchtime, as they travel to Sutton United for the lunchtime kick-off. The National League is most certainly as tough as they come, with just the one automatic promotion spot, which is in-fact the top spot.

It shall most certainly be an interesting but exciting season for the O’s, as they look to bounce back into the football league at the first time of asking.

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