O’s finish on a high

Shrewsbury Town v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League One – Croud Meadow – Report

Shrewsbury Town 1-3 Leyton Orient 

Goals by Dan Adu-Adjei, Ethan Galbraith and Dan Agyei saw Leyton Orient round off their Sky Bet League One season in style with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Croud Meadow.

With Richie Wellens watching from the stand and first-team coach Matt Harrold taking charge of the team in his final game before departing the club for AFC Bournemouth, O’s made four changes to the starting line-up following the 1-0 home loss against Fleetwood Town last weekend with Sam Howes, Jayden Sweeney, Darren Pratley and Adu-Adje coming into the side for Sol Brynn, Rob Hunt, Ollie O’Neill and Shaq Forde.

O’s were quickly into their stride from the start and took the lead in the eighth minute when Agyei’s cross was tapped home at the back post by young AFC Bournemouth loanee Adu-Adjei for his first goal in senior football.

Just past the twenty-minute mark, Galbraith made it 2-0 to the East Londoners when Tom James pass sent Galbraith through one-on-one with Shrews keeper Marko Marosi to cooly tuck the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

With Orient dominant, clever reverse play by Galbraith freed the ever-dangerous Agyei to run half the length of the pitch before surging into the area to slot home his fifth goal of the campaign and O’s third of the afternoon.

Dam Udoh nodded home Elliott Bennett’s cross in the seventy-sixth minute to pull one back for the Shrews and just shortly after, O’s went close to restoring their three-goal advantage when sub-Forde’s long-distance effort thudded against the crossbar.

Just before the close and after failing to hold Jordan Shipley’s initial effort from outside the box, Howes redeemed his error by magnificently denying Udoh from point-blank range as O’s played out time with some ease to claim the three points and with it, a credible eleventh place finish in the table following their return to L1 this season.

 Shrewsbury Town: Marosi, Feeney, Dunkley (Price 55′), Anderson, Sobowale (O’Brien 45′), Winchester, Hinchy (Bennett 45′), Shipley, Benning, Bloxham, Udoh Subs not used: Sraha, Bowman, Burgoyne, Bayliss

Leyton Orient: Howes, James, Beckles (Happe 72′), Simpson, Sweeney (Hunt 80′), Pratley (Sanders 72′), Brown, Obiero, Galbraith, Agyei (Forde 72′), Adu-Adjei (Pegrum 93′) Sub not used: Brynn

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Ollie Williams

Fourth Official: Steven Rushton

Attendance: 7,397