Young O’s XI Suffer Defeat At Maidstone


An inexperienced Leyton Orient side were beaten by Maidstone United by two goals to one as they concluded their pre-season preparations. Leon McSweeney and Marc Laird were the only regular senior players in the squad which consisted mainly of youth team players and trialists Ertl and Miles, as well as young prospects Moses Odubajo, Billy Lobjoit and Afolabi Obafemi. The visitors made a poor start to the match as they went behind early due to a headed goal from Maidstone United’s Paul Booth. Obafemi equalised for Orient on fifteen minutes but Nicky Humphrey put the home side ahead again before half time. The O’s had chances to restore parity in the second half, the best of which was a penalty, but Obafemi failed to hit the target.  The Kent side managed to keep the O’s at bay to claim the victory.


The inexperienced away side were a goal down with just three minutes on the clock. The O’s defence were caught out by a cross which Booth headed beyond trialist goalkeeper Jon Miles. Orient were gifted an equaliser twelve minutes later courtesy of some poor defending from the hosts. A misplaced back-pass by Humphrey allowed Obafemi a simple finish to draw level. The goal sparked some improvement for Russell Slade’s team but the opposition were still in the game and with just over half an hour gone Maidstone took the lead again. Humphrey atoned for his previous error by scoring a header. The O’s went in a goal down at half time but they should have been on level terms. Elyon Egbeku did well to dribble past Maidstone goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim but the Orient youngster’s shot hit the bar.


The away side came out for the second half in search of an equalising goal and they came close on a number of occasions. Maidstone’s only real chance of the second half came when Booth had a shot saved by Miles. Georgiou and Egbeku had chances before the O’s were presented with another great opportunity to level the score. Obafemi was fouled in the penalty area but he put his spot kick wide of the post. Shortly after Marc Laird’s shot was blocked on the line as Maidstone fought to keep hold of their lead. It was clear that it was not Orient’s night when late in the half Moses Odubajo’s effort hit the post after taking a deflection and the home team emerged as winners on the night.


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