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Orient fall at first hurdle in FA Youth Cup after Monk double

PUBLISHED: 22:16 04 November 2014 | UPDATED: 22:27 04 November 2014

Leyton Orient Academy Director Andy Edwards. Pic: Simon O'Connor

Leyton Orient Academy Director Andy Edwards. Pic: Simon O'Connor

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FA Youth Cup first round: Leyton Orient 1 Colchester United 3

A Thomas Monk brace for Colchester United sent Leyton Orient packing from the first round of the FA Youth Cup at Brisbane Road

Monk gave the young U’s a first-half lead, but Andy Edwards’ side hit back through Nick Brown, only for Tariq Issa and Monk to book Colchester’s place in the second round.

Orient’s youngsters started very brightly in the opening stages and after six minutes Freddy Moncur’s inswinging corner took the Colchester keeper Robinson by surprise and very nearly crossed the line.

The visitors soon came into the game with a few chances of their own as Monk crossed a ball into striker Joel Atkin and he put it just wide of the left hand post.

U’s kept up the pressure on the O’s and home goalkeeper Ben Card was forced to pull off a great save to stop George Brown’s fierce effort.

Up the other the end of the pitch Christian Owusu-Agyeman tried his luck, whistling a left-footed shot just over the bar from a well-worked attack down the left side.

O’s started to build up the pressure and forced Robinson into a few saves of his own, eventually scrambling the ball clear from a driving cross from winger Owusu-Agyeman.

But just before the break Orient couldn’t contain U’s winger Monk any longer as he dribbled his way through to drive it into the bottom corner and put the visitors ahead.

The second half was only eight minutes old though when the O’s levelled thanks to a screamer from near the halfway line from Nick Brown.

But parity didn’t last long though as Colchester went straight up the other end and Issa stepped up and slotted a free-kick past Card, though the keeper did manage to get a hand on the effort.

Just as Orient were starting to press for a second equaliser a misunderstanding at the back allowed U’s winger Monk to breeze through on goal to make it 3-1 to the visitors with 26 minutes remaining.

The O’s looked for a way back into the game, but didn’t come close enough and Colchester created another chance with six minutes left, only for it to be steered wide by Card.

Leyton Orient: Card, Ling, Humphrey (Pollock 35), Clark, Adams, Owusu-Agyeman (Judd 78), Brown, Agyemang, Oladipo, Adeboyejo (Koroma 89), Moncur.

Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Alderson

Colchester United: Robinson, Brampton, Tennent, Stephens, Wilson, Brown, James, Harrison, Monk (Dunne 84), Atkin (Cosgrave 90+3), Issa.

Unused substitutes: Carroll, Pollard, Oti.

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