Sotiriou cracker sets O’s up for a winning return

Leyton Orient 2-0 Bradford City

Ruel Sotirou’s candidate for goal of the season, or even the century, set the O’s up for a hard-working victory against a physical Bradford City, last Saturday.

Needing a victory after a promising season’s start, Harry Smith’s strike sealed the points for Kenny Jackett’s men.

The O’s – initially making three changes from the midweek Harrogate reverse – were rocked by the late withdrawal of centre-back, Dan Happe. The originally benched, Shad Ogie, stepped into the breach.

Apart from a couple of long-distance first-half O’s efforts and early penalty appeals waved aside, the Bantams dominated, with skipper Niall Canavan seeing his 40th-minute header cleared off the line by the reliable Connor Wood, before, a minute later Lawrenceux did exceptionally well to block Charles Vernam’s stinging drive.

The east Londoners were almost rewarded for their positive start to the second period when the lively Theo Archibald let fly with an angled drive, which visiting keeper, Richard O’Donnell did well to parry away.

Smith was then desperately unlucky to see his 64th-minute point-blank header rebound out from the underside of O’Donnell’s bar, as the O’s cranked up the pressure.

That pressure finally reaped rewards, barely a minute later, when Sotiriou netted a Van Basten-style stunner, from the acutest of angles.

Smith then got the goal his endeavour deserved, with nine minutes remaining, after Archibald dispossessed Vann Songo’o, on the halfway line.
Although completely cleaned out by a Bradford defender, Archibald found Smith, who almost nonchalantly slotted past a stranded O’Donnell, to grab a much-needed three points.

Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Tom James, Omar Beckles, Shad Ogie, Connor Wood, Ruel Sotiriou (Tyrese Omotoye 77′), Craig Clay, Darren Pratley (Capt), Hector Kyprianou, Theo Archibald, Harry Smith Subs not used: Rhys Byrne (GK), Dan Kemp, Antony Papadopoulos, Jayden Sweeney, Dan Nkrumah

Bradford City: Richard O’Connell, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Niall Canavan (Capt), Paudie O’Connor, Charles Vernam, Liam Ridehalgh, Alex Gillead, Elliot Watt (Caolan Lavery 63′), Vann Songo’o, Finn Cousin-Dawson (Oliver Crankshaw 63′), Andy Cook Subs not used: Sam Hornby (GK), Matthew Foulds, Fiacre Kelleher, Gareth Evans, Kian Scales

Referee: Simon Mather
Assistants: Damith Bandara and Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official: Robert Atkin

Attendance: 4,901

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Rowland Lyons

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