EFL Trophy round-up

Hammers, O’s and Gunners all start with a win

Leyton Orient 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion U21
Conor Wilkinson grabbed a late winner for teh O’s after a Ben Wilson brace for Brighton had cancelled out the East Londoners two-goals advantage.

Sam Ling and Danny Johnson had handed the O’s a seemingly unassailable 2-0 lead before Wilson intervened, netting twice in the final six minutes.

Lee Angol missed from the spot as Orient looked to reestablish their early advantage, but Wilkinson had the final say to see Ross Embleton’s men off to a winning start.

Portsmouth 2-0 Colchester United
Colchester followed Saturday’s Carabao Cup loss at Reading with a 2-0 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Marcus Harness bagged a first-half brace for Pompey against a U’s side who handed debuts to Shamal George and Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Ipswich Town 1-2 Arsenal U21
Debutant, George Lewis, was o target for Arsenal’s under 21’s as they came from behind to see off Sky Bet League One outfit, Ipswich Town, at Portman Road.

Lewis cancelled out Jon Nolan’s opener for Ipswich. Folarin Balogun won it for the Gunners nine minutes after the restart.

Southend United 1-3 West Ham United U21
Two goals from Ademipo Odubeko and one from Conor Coventry helped West Ham overcome a battling Southend United side at Roots Hall.

Stephen Humphrys had cancelled out Odubeko’s stylish opening with a thunderbolt of his own. However, the Blues frontman passed up a glorious opportunity to fire the Blues in front when Joseph Anang saved his spot-kick shortly before the interval.

That proved costly when Odubeko restored West Ham’s lead late on. Then Coventry added a third in stoppage time.

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