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Match Report: Leyton Orient 1-0 Walsall

17 September 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: Leyton Orient 1-0 Walsall

17 September 2022

The Saddlers fell to defeat in the capital as a second half goal from Omar Beckles was enough to give table topping Leyton Orient all three points.

In what was a very even contest at the Breyer Group Stadium, it was that one moment of being in the right place at the right time which handed Orient the victory and left Michael Flynn’s side now without a win in nine in all competitions.

Walsall were the stronger of the two sides in the first 45 minutes and had the first real effort of the game halfway through the first half as Isaac Hutchinson tried his luck from 25-yards out but Lawrence Vigouroux managed to claim the shot at the second time of asking.

Shortly after the half hour mark and Walsall again went close as Hutchinson clipped the ball to the back post and Andy Williams, who returned to the starting line-up, tried to loop his header back across goal and over Vigouroux but the Orient keeper was able to claim the ball comfortably. 

As the clock began to wind down to half time, the home side grew into the game and forced Owen Evans into a smart saved when Tom James slid the ball into the path of Ruel Sotiriou but the creative midfielder was denied. 

The deadlock was broken moments before the hour mark in which proved to be the only real chance in front of goal in the second half. 

George Moncur powered his way into space and cut back inside his man but saw his effort superbly saved by Evans but fortunately for the home side, Beckles was in the right place and the right time and the defender managed to bundle the ball home from close range.

After going ahead, the home side nearly found themselves two goals to the good through a half chance as substitute Aaron Drinan saw his cross deflect off Taylor Allen but it hit the side netting and nothing came of the corner.

With time quickly fading away, the home side looked strong and Charlie Kelman saw a header fly over the bar with 15 minutes left. 

Orient managed the final stages of the game well and eventually managed to secure their fifth home win of the season under Richie Wellens.


Attendance: 6736 (367 away)

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