Leyton Orient 0 - 1 Sheffield United
Well Saturday's game against Sheffield United was an eagerly awaited affair. Last year at Brisbane Road the O's pulled back a dramatic draw in the 96th minute from Kevin Lisbie , but regretably the same didn't happen this year as Orient failed to builed on the midweek 2-1 win over walsall.
The game started with good vocals from the away and home fans and it was easy to see that #LOFCBringAFriend had infullanced more specatators to come and watch this big league one encounter.
It took until the 25th minute for a shot on target and this came from United as Tony McMahon's long rage effort was hit tamly and easily collected by Orient's stopper Ryan Allsop. The O's best first half chance came with 8 minutes before half time when Dean Cox whipped in a corner and Ben Chorley connected with a header on;y to be blocked on route. It was then United's turn to have a go , but putting it narrowly wide was as best as Paul Gallagher. At the break 0-0 was fairest score.
Half Time Leyton Orient 0 - Sheffield United 0
The second half started brighter for both teams , Orient moved to a 4-4-2 as Micheal Symes replaced Jimmy Smith. I say brighter , still not the best i've seen , but this totally changed when Ryan Blackman unleashed a beautiful shot which left me sitting their in shock and not knowing if I should clap or not. The ball went in at the left hand bottom corner on the 59 minute.
With the deadlock broken Orient fans still believed they could have a repeat of last year, but United's lead was almost doubled 9 minutes later when Ryan Flynn got the better of Gary Sawyer down the right flank , cut back for Micheal Doyle, but the resulting shot was easily stopped by Allsop's leg. Orient then came close again , but the United's second choice goalie denied Kevin Lisbie's shot resulting from a Lee Cook cross. Cook himself came close from a free kick , but went just over the crossbar.
FIVE minutes of added time were shown, exactly like last year, although Lisbie wouldn't be taking part in any late drama as he pulled up with a hamstring injury moments before. The Orient faithful were screaming for Orient to get the ball forward. Symes picks up the ball, all eyes are on the clock, would this be deja vu, Symes has lot's of space, he shoots, it's going towarrds the right hand post, it's it's ......it's Ohhhhhhhh just wide and that was the closest it came for the O's.
Throughout the game the offical's bad some terrible decisons, both for and against Orient, but one that left Orient fans going spare was when United defender had his arms wrapped around Kevin Lisbie's kneck and nothing was given. Also Ben Chorley faces a one game suspension as he picked up his 5th Yellow card this season.
Full Time Leyton Orient 0 - Sheffield United 1 ( Blackman 59)
Next up Barnet at home in the the second round of the JPT. I expect that the likes of Laird,Obefemi,Mooney and Odubadjo will make starts for the O's in Tuesday's 7pm kick off.