LOFC- Orient Lose...Again
Brisbane Road, Leyton, London.
Wednesday 7th September 2011, 19:00
A terrible game was settled by 28 penalties last night as Orient went out of the Johnstones Paint Trophy at the first time of asking to League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge. An 88th minute equaliser by David Mooney spared Orient's blushes before Ben Chorley had his decisive penalty saved.
The rules of the JPT mean teams have to play a certain amount of first team regulars in their starting line up but Russell Slade played an almost full team, whereas Dagenham made changes and it was little more then a Dagenham reserve side we were playing.
The 90 minutes was hardly an 'epic' and the first half had very few talking points. The game came to life in the second half to a degree and Dagenham rightfully took the lead from a terrible spell of Orient defending. A ball came across the box from the Dagenham right side and Terrell Forbes and Lee Butcher were statue-esque as Sam Williams put the ball in the Orient goal.
Orient were then reduced to shooting from distance but after bringing on youngsters Moses Odubajo and George Portr, Orient seemed to have a little bit of life in them and it was one of the youngsters who helped Orient take the game to penalties. Porter broke down the right and put a ball across the box for David Mooney to tap in from a couple of yards out.
The game went to penalties and a number of records were broken. One of the longest penalty in JPT history was one record whilst the consecutive amount of diving the other way from the ball was broken by Butcher in the Orient goal. It was Ben Chorley who did the deed to allow the thousand or so Orient fans to get home in time for Celebrity Big Brother.
The Dagenham fans were in histeria, for yet another year, they'd beaten the mighty Leyton Orient in their cup final. The celebrations amongst the Dagenham fans were something you'd have expected to see if they'd won the competition not beating the worst side in League One in the 1st round.