Drinan and Smith at the double as O’s crush Robins

Leyton Orient v Swindon Town – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Report

Leyton Orient 4-1 Swindon Town
Rowland Lyons at the Breyer Group Stadium

Leyton Orient’s promotion push was reignited on Tuesday night, as Aaron Drinan and Harry Smith double blitzed fancied Swindon.

Despite applying early pressure, the division’s away-day specialists found themselves trailing to now twelve-goal Drinan’s fine 19th-minute opener.

Shad Ogie’s raking pass was expertly controlled by Craig and his cross found top scorer Drinan, who smashed home from six yards.

The Robins proceeded to waste a host of chances, with Ellis Iandolo going closest from a Louis Reed free-kick.

McKirdy’s cross was too high to find the head of former Southend schemer, Jack Payne, ten minutes from the break, but the striker found the net – in controversial circumstances – two minutes from the interval.

There seemed no danger when Tom James’s corner was caught routinely by Swindon’s Jojo Woolacott. But, the quick-thinking stopper’s throw-out into the area vacated by James allowed Tyreese Simpson a clear run down the wing.

His cross then found a suspiciously offside-looking McKirdy whose diving, unchallenged header gave Lawrence Vigouroux no chance – sparking vehement protests led by Orient’s Alex Mitchell.

Having seen Kaine Kesler-Hayden test Vigouroux shortly after the restart, Drinan bagged his second on 59 minutes.

Darren Pratley – only playing due to Hector Kyprianou getting injured in the pre-match warm-ups – bravely won possession 40 yards out and found Theo Archibald – whose fine cross found Drinan – who made no mistake.

Barely six minutes later the O’s went further ahead when Smith, not to be outdone by his strike partner, applied the finishing touch to a Drinan cross-ball.

Simpson and McKirdy then wasted presentable chances to reduce the deficit, before Smith’s 82nd-minute free header wrapped up the points, after Drinan’s cross was only knocked on by Woolacott.

Perhaps, poignantly, boss, Kenny Jackett substituted both his strikers, in stoppage time, as they deservedly milked the applause from the noisy home support.

Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Tom James, Alex Mitchell, Omar Beckles (Capt), Shad Ogie, Craig Clay, Dan Kemp, Darren Pratley, Theo Archibald, Harry Smith (Tyrese Omotoye 90′) Aaron Drinan (Ruel Sotiriou 90′) Subs not used: Rhys Byrne (GK), Dan Happe, Adam Thompson, Matt Young

Swindon Town: Jojo Woolacott, Akin Odimayo, Dion Conroy (captain), Rom Crichlow (Jonny Williams 72′) Ellis Iandolo, Louis Reed, Jack Payne, Ben Gladwin, Kaine Kesler (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 75′), Tyreese Simpson, Harry McKirdy Jayden Subs not used: Louis Ward (GK), Jordan Lyden, Alex Gilbert, Rob Hunt, Ryan East

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Daniel Cook and Stephen Brown
Fourth Official: Greg Read

Attendance: 4,020

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Brian Jeeves

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