Leyton Orient picked up their first win of the season in their opening home game of the season, defeating Solihull Moors 3-1.
O’s boss Steve Davis named an unchanged lineup, keeping faith with the players that suffered defeat against Sutton United on Saturday.
After an even start to the game, Orient soon managed to get on top and control proceedings. David Mooney had the first attempt on goal of the night as he fired a curling shot off on the turn, but Solihull stopper Connal Trueman made the save.
Orient then went agonizingly close to taking the lead on two occasions. First, a corner delivery flashed across the visitors’ goalmouth and George Elokobi couldn’t quite reach the ball to divert it home at the back post. Soon after, Jobi McAnuff did well to beat a defender at the byline and jink his way into the box. The Jamaica international fired a shot towards goal but the ball rebounded off of the woodwork.
The hosts were denied by the frame of the goal again when Macauley Bonne’s low shot struck the post.
The O’s eventually made the breakthrough midway through the half. Solihull didn’t manage to clear the ball from a Jobi McAnuff corner and the ball fell to Charlie Lee and the O’s captain fired a low drive into the visitors’ net.
Less than ten minutes later, Jame Dayton became the third Orient player to hit the woodwork. Soon after, Macauley Bonne found himself in behind the away side’s defence and one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but unfortunately, the former Colchester striker’s attempt to lob Connal Trueman was wide of the mark.
Towards the end of the half, Solihull came into the game more and more as the O’s sat off their opponents. Moors striker Luke Benbow was played in behind the O’s defence but fortunately for the home side the timing was off and he was ruled to be offside. There was also an opportunity for Oladapo Afolayan to draw the visitors level, but his poked shot at full stretch went wide.
Orient had controlled much of the half and had come close to extending their lead on a number of occasions, but they were just one goal ahead at the break.
The O’s made a strong start after the interval and they managed to double their lead inside the opening two minutes of the half.
Jake Caprice made a surging run down the right flank and delivered a low cross towards David Mooney. The Irishman displayed good composure and side-footed the ball past the Solihull ‘keeper to make it 2-0.
Orient continued to attack in a bid to add to their lead. Macauley Bonne had an effort saved and James Dayton saw his shot get blocked.
A little over ten minutes were left when Solihull pulled a goal back. Tom Tonks teed the ball up for Oladapo Afolayan and he powered the ball past Charlie Grainger.
The O’s hit back immediately when a James Dayton corner deflected off of GeorgeElokobi and into the Solihull net, restoring Orient’s two-goal lead.
Solihull continued to look for a way back into the game, but Orient secured their first victory of the season in a 3-1 win at home.