Leyton Orient 4 Arsenal XI 4: match report

Leyton Orient 4 Arsenal XI 4

By Thomas Reeves

Thrilling draw with Arsenal ends O’s pre-season

A last-minute Danny Boateng strike secured Arsenal a 4-4 draw in this thoroughly entertaining pre-season friendly.

Leyton Orient, who kick off their 2013/14 League One campaign in four days’ time against Carlisle United, led 2-0 after five minutes through headers from Scott Cuthbert and Kevin Lisbie.

The Gunners fought back and drew level through a Wellington Silva brace, although, a superb David Mooney strike meant the O’s went into the break 3-2 ahead.

Trialist Johnny Gorman bagged the home side’s fourth early in the second period. However, goals from Chuba Akpom and Boateng ensured the North Londoners didn’t leave empty-handed.

Orient took the lead on 4 minutes when Cuthbert headed Lloyd James’s corner past Deyan Iliev in the visitor’s goal, before 60 seconds later, Lisbie scored a carbon-copy second.

Arsenal remained calm and pulled a goal back on 11 minutes. Silva cutting in off the left wing and curled his shot inside O’s goalkeeper Jamie Jones’s far post.

Summer-signing Shaun Batt and Lisbie gave the away defence lots of problems and a super one- two between the pair sent the latter through on goal on 18 minutes. Though, he was denied by Iliev’s right foot.

The skilful Silva was keeping the 3413- strong crowd entertained and the Brazilian fired home from a tight angle for his second on 41 minutes after an Orient defensive mix-up.

The Gunners only remained level for a matter of minutes, as Mooney unleashed an unstoppable volley to ensure Leyton Orient remained ahead at half-time.

The O’s sent out ten different outfield players for the start of the second half, but, the changes didn’t stop the goals. Gorman making it 4-2 on 49 minutes.

Though, just like when they had fallen two goals behind in the first period, the away team were quick to reduce the deficit. Akpom placing his 52nd minute effort between the legs of Jones.

The game finally settled down after these early second-half goals and openings became scarce.

But a string of late opportunities for the visitors, eventually led to the eighth and final goal of this extraordinary match. Poor play from Ben Sampayo gifting Boateng possession and the defender grabbed a dramatic leveller.

Despite failing to hold on for the victory, Leyton Orient were able to maintain their unbeaten pre-season record.

Leyton Orient Arsenal XI
Jamie Jones.


Deyan Iliev (off 62).
Gary Sawyer (off 45).


Tafari Moore.
Romain Vincelot (off 45).


Leander Siemann.
Scott Cuthbert (off 45).


Nico Yennaris (c).
Mathieu Baudry (off 45).


Danny Boateng.
Lloyd James (off 45).


Isaac Hayden.
Kevin Lisbie (off 45).


Thomas Eisfeld.
David Mooney (off 45).


Kris Olsson.
Moses Odubajo (off 45).


Chuba Akpom (off 75).
Shaun Batt (off 45).


Chuks Aneke.
Nathan Clarke (c) (off 45).


Wellington Silva (off 68).
Elliott Omozusi (on 45).


Austin Lipman (on 75).
Harrison Georgiou (on 45).


Josh Vickers (on 62).
Jake Lerkins.


Daniel Crowley.
Harry Lee (on 45).


Glen Kamara.
De’Reece Vanderhyde (on 45).


Anthony Jeffrey (on 68).
Jack Sheratt (on 45).


Tom Dallison.
Alex Finney (on 45).


Ben Sampayo (on 45).


Johnny Gorman (on 45).


Ross Jenkins (on 45).


George Bowerman (on 45).


Josh Uzun.


Lawson Okimeki.


Elyon Marshall-Katung.



Mr Mick Russell.
Mr Ian Crouch.

Assistant Refs

Mr Dave Bushell.
Mr Lee Marshallsay.

Fourth Official

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