O’s pass their Cambridge test with flying colours

Cambridge United v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League One – Abbey Stadium – Report

Cambridge United 0-2 Leyton Orient

Second-half goals by Jordan Brown and Dan Agyei saw Leyton Orient take the points in a 2-0 win over Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium as the East Londoners – having won by the same score at the Gaughan Group Stadium back in August – completed a season double over the U’s to begin 2024 in style.

Richie Wellens made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 against Wycombe Wanderers on Friday with Max Sanders and Agyei coming into the starting line-up in place of skipper Darren Pratley and the injured Ruel Sotiriou.   

With O’s making all the play after a quiet opening to the match, Theo Archibald did well to control a high ball and lay it off to Agyei inside the area for the former Crewe Alexandra striker to cut inside before seeing his effort bounce off the outside of the post.

O’s went close again after the quarter of an hour mark when Tom James glanced wide from Archibald’s corner before Archibald himself spectacularly rifled the ball against the crossbar from twenty-five yards out with Cambridge keeper Jack Stevens beaten.

With U’s barely threatening, Agyei had another great chance to put O’s into the lead before the break after being played through one-on-one with Stevens by Archibald, only to be denied by the keeper at his near post.

O’s pressure paid off just before the hour mark when Jubril Okedina failed to clear Max Sanders’ corner before the ball fell to the feet of the unmarked Brown to fire home from close range.

Just minutes later, the ever-exciting & dangerous Agyei netted his first O’s goal from inside the box through Stevens’ legs to make it 2-0 – his final action of the game before being replaced by substitute Joe Pigott, who following his introduction was unfortunate not to have added a third after his stinging drive grazed the top of the crossbar.

The win concluded an unbeaten festive season of matches for the O’s – who by virtue of seven points from their three games played, now move up to twelfth place in the table.

Next up for Leyton Orient is a trip to Fratton Park to play Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One on Saturday, January 13 (3pm).

Cambridge United: Stevens, Bennett, Okedina (Bennett 66′) Morrison (Capt) Andrew, Digby, Cousins, Lankester, Thomas (Kaikai 47′) Brophy (May 66′), Janneh (Njoku 82′) Subs not used: Rossi, Mannion, Gordon

Leyton Orient: Brynn, Galbraith (Cooper 83′) Beckles (Capt.) Happe, James, Brown, El Mizouni, Forde, Sanders (Pratley 75′) Archibald, Agyei (Pigott 63′) Subs not used: Sweeney, Turns, Howes, Moncur

Referee: Carl Brook

Assistants: Declan Ford and Jonathan Block

Fourth Official: Ryan Head

Attendance: 7,210