Sunday, March 2, 2014
Leyton Orient 2 Colchester United 1
Yesterday we went on our annual trip to Orient and as usual it was an entertaining enough encounter. At the start of the day Orient were top of League 1 and Colchester were down in 17th, with some relegation worries, but probably not enough to cause real anguish. They have a few games in hand, which may come in handy, but could also lead to a fixture jam as the season comes towards a close.
Despite being top Orient have had a mixed bag of results late and it was Colchester who, with a decent away support, seemed most keen on finding the back of the net, with both Jabo Ibhere and Freddie Sears coming close. It was Orient who opened the scoring with David Mooney scoring a superb volley on 20 minutes. For the rest of the half Colchester continued to attack and Orient tried to hit them on the counter attack, but at the break the score remained 1-0 to the home side.
Colchester continued the second half in good form as they pressed for an equaliser, but Eldin Jankupovic was in fine form in goal for the Os. United finally did find a way through though and on 79 minutes U's substitute Marcus Bean equalised with a headed goal. This seemed to be the wake up call that Orient needed and it was another substitute that helped them find the goal again. With just 7 minutes left, sub Shaun Batt found a way through and fed Moses Odubajo who made sure that he regained the lead for the home side.
After this Orient seemed to want to press the self-destruct button by pressing for a third goal. That might not sound like the sort of self- destruction you might expect, but with their adventurous play they weren't able to hold possession and with 5 minutes of added time this could have led to their downfall. It didn't and they won what was a very entertaining match. However, I am not sure if they are quite ready for the Championship just yet.