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Leyton Orient 4 Sutton United 1

20 November 2021

Match Reports

Leyton Orient 4 Sutton United 1

20 November 2021

A good first half hour for Sutton at the Breyer Group Stadium counted for nothing as, after Isaac Olaofe had deservedly given U's the lead, the game turned on Leyton Orient's equaliser on the half hour as the home side went on to claim victory thanks to Harry Smith's two second half goals, the first less than a minute after half time and the second a stunning volley with eight minutes left, before Tom James completed the scoring in stoppage time.

With Louis John returning in place of the injured Coby Rowe, Sutton started well with a succession of early corners, and from the third of those Will Randall's deep flag kick was headed back by Richie Bennett and almost went in off Orient's Harry Smith, back helping his defence but spared an own goal by Tom James on the line. U's impressive start continued as Joe Kizzi headed back a free kick and Ben Goodliffe's volley was deflected just wide but the goal that U's start deserved wasn't far away and for the second week running it owed everything to the opportunism and pace of Isaac Olaofe, who pounced on a poor piece of control from Shad Ogie just inside the O's half and raced clear to hammer a shot past Lawrence Vigoroux (above).

Orient had hardly been in the game at the half hour mark, but the tide began to change on the half hour with an equaliser that came in the simplest of fashions as a long throw from Tom James was flicked on by Smith and Theo Archibald reacted quickest to turn the ball in from close range.

U's were desperately unlucky not to go back in front within five minutes as Louis John headed on a free kick from Dean Bouzanis, and Bennett's volley from just outside the penalty area hit the inside of the post and bounced agonisingly across goal and out for a goal kick, but the home side now had the wind in their sails and having started the half on top U's finished it under pressure. They had a let off when John failed to put enough on a header back to Bouzanis and former Sutton striker Aaron Drinan headed the ball over the keeper only for it to bounce just wide, and moments later, after James had again caused problems with his long throws, Smith beat Bouzanis to a corner but saw his header loop over the top, and Smith was close again in first half stoppage time as he headed just wide from Ogie's cross.

Orient started the second half as they had finished the first, and within 44 seconds of the restart they were ahead as Bouzanis failed to hold Archibald's cross from the left and Smith dived to head in to the unguarded net. Dan Kemp floated a free kick just over as Sutton struggled to get any foothold early in the second half, and another James throw nearly produced the same result as earlier as Archibald again nipped in but this time pushed the ball just wide. 

U's were gifted a route back ten minutes in to the second half when James misplaced  a header straight to Olaofe, but this time the striker shot straight at Vigouroux, and as play switched to the other end Hector Kyprianou came in on the end of a teasing Archibald cross and his effort at full stretch came back off the crossbar.

Sutton had their chances, with Ajiboye's shot just wide of the near post following a corner, and Olaofe's snap shot clutched under the bar by Vigouroux after a goalmouth scramble, but just as it looked as though they might be able to rescue a point they were put out of the game in spectacular style with eight minutes left as another James throw was only half cleared and Smith's first time volley from twenty yards flew past Bouzanis. James's low shot from a short corner as U's were caught napping in stoppage time gave the scoreline a slightly lopsided look, and Archibald might even have added a fifth when he broke clear on the left but hit the outside of the post.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi(sub J Barden 69), R Milsom, C Eastmond, B Goodliffe, L John, D Ajiboye(sub D Wilson 85), A Smith, R Bennett (sub O Bugiel 57), I Olaofe, W Randall. Subs n/u B House, B Wyatt, K Davis, R Korboa. Booked: Ajiboye, Eastmond

Leyton Orient: L Vigouroux, T James, S Ogie, H Kyprianou(sub D Pratley 82), A Mitchell, O Beckles, A Drinan(sub P Smyth 86), C Clay, H Smith, D Kemp, T Archibald. Subs n/u R Byrne, C Wood, D Happe, A Thompson, R Sotiriou. Booked: Ogie

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 5,840(567 away)

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