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Leyton Orient 1 Newport County 2
Emirates F.A.Cup 1st Round
At least this season’s first stage cup exit wasn’t against non-league opposition, but the O’s were second best for long periods against the League Two leaders, on Saturday.
A year ago giant-killers, Maldon and Tiptree humbled the East Londoners. This time the O’s succumbed to Ash Baker and Jamie Devitt strikes, which sandwiched Hector Kyprianou’s ‘worldy’, as County strode comfortably into the next stage.
Boss, Ross Embleton made numerous changes and it seemed to pay off – at least before the interval – with youngster, Kyprianou pulling the midfield strings, creating chances for Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson.
But, the high-flying Welshmen created the better opportunities, with former ‘O’, Tristan Abrahams twice blasting over, when well-placed.
It took a glaring Lawrence Vigouroux gaffe to present Baker with a gift-wrapped chance to fire the Exiles ahead on 37 minutes.
However, the lead only lasted three minutes. Skipper, Jobi McAnuff’s half cleared flag-kick fell for 19-year old Kyprianou to sweetly volley home from the edge of the penalty area.
Newport took charge after interval and having seen the hosts’, Johnson waste a good 65th minute chance, Devitt, who had earlier seen a curling effort strike a post, hit a 77th minute winner after the O’s had lost midfield possession.
Orient offered very little in reply, with Kyprianou spurning a late opening – slicing wide after good work from sub., James Brophy.
Boss, Ross Embleton admitted to the official club website: “Newport have got some really good players. I like what they’re about. What disappoints me is that we haven’t really imposed ourselves on the game, or give ourselves an opportunity to show what we’re about.”
He added: “Credit to Newport. The winning goal is absolutely stunning. Albeit, we’ve dominated possession and we give away an incredible amount of chances. And, a lot of our clearances gave the ball back to the opposition.”
Embleton concluded: “We need to get more control of games and we need to do better.”
Orient man-of-the-match, Kyprianou, said: “I’ve got mixed emotions. I’m glad to get my first professional goal, but disappointed we didn’t get the win. In the FA Cup it’s all about winning.”
Orient make the short trip to Colchester United this Saturday (kick-off 3pm)
Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Tunji Akinola, Jamie Turley, Josh Coulson, Jobi McAnuff (capt), Joe Widdowson (Jordan Maguire-Drew 81), Conor Wilkinson (James Brophy 68), James Dayton (Craig Clay 64), Louis Dennis, Hector Kyprianou, Johnson. Subs (not used): Sam Sargent, Ouss Cisse, Dan Happe, Josh Wright.
Newport County: Nick Townsend, Ryan Haynes, Mickey Demetriou, Matt Dolan, Brandon Cooper, Ash Baker, Scot Bennett, Josh Sheehan (capt), Jamie Devitt (Kevin Ellison 86), Jamie Proctor (Robbie Willmott 86), Tristan Abrahams (Padraig Amond 90). Subs (not used): Tom King, Brad Webb, Aaron Lewis.
Referee: James Adcock
Assistants: Paul Yates and Damith Bandara