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Trevor Davies, Leyton Orient correspondent
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Orient 1 Barnet 0
Orient’s teenage defender Moses Odubajo fired home the only goal of the game to earn Russell Slade’s side a place in the third round of the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy.
Odubajo struck after 25 minutes to settle an instantly forgettable affair where genuine chances were few and far between.
Struggling Barnet gave as good as they got, especially in the first half as a reshuffled Orient side struggled to make an impact, but in the end they were left still searching for their first win
Slade made five changes to the side that lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United on Saturday, as Mathieu Baudry, Michael Symes, Odubajo, Lloyd James and David Mooney came into the starting 11 for the home side.
They replaced the injured Kevin Lisbie and the suspended Ben Chorley, while Leon McSweeney dropped to the bench and Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands were rested.
The home side took a while to settle and it was Barnet who enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and almost went ahead when Jake Hyde’s free-kick drifted just over Ryan Allsop’s bar.
At the other end David Mooney went close with an effort that went inches wide of the left-hand post.
But it was Orient who made the all-important breakthrough on 25 minutes when Jimmy Smith did well as he surged forward into the box and played a neat ball out to Dean Cox and his cross from the left was swept home by Odubajo who had joined in the attack from right-back.
The League Two side should have levelled two minutes later, but Clovis Kamdjo blazed the ball over the bar from just six yards out.
As Orient discovered a semblance of form Symes flicked the ball on to strike partner Mooney who planted the ball into the net, but his celebrations were cut short by a linesman’s flag.
Barnet, still looking for that elusive first win, almost levelled just before the break, but Allsop saved well from Krystian Pearce.
The Orient keeper was in action again early in the second half when he saved well from Jamal Lowe, as the visitors made a bright start.
As the game started to open up Smith almost added a second for the O’s but fired just over the bar.
O’s struggled to kill off their London rivals and when Odubajo’s tame header failed to find keeper Allsop, Mark Byrne nipped in, but failed to hit the target for the visitors.
The Orient youngster responded and almost grabbed his second goal of the night with a fierce shot from the edge of the area that just cleared the bar.
Then Cox went close with a shot from distance on 65 minutes, which proved to be his last action of the game as he and Mooney were replaced by Leon McSweeney and Afolabi Obafemi.
And it was not long before Obafemi was in the action and had a shot blocked and O’s eased through the closing stages to book their third round place in front of just over 1,400 fans.
Leyton Orient: Allsop, Odubajo, Baudry, Clarke, Sawyer; Smith, James (Laird 82 mins), Griffith, Cox (McSweeney 65 mins); Mooney (Obafemi 65 mins), Symes. Subs Lee, Vanderhyde.
Orient bookings: Symes (87 mins dissent)
Barnet: Stack, Fuller (Nurse 70 mins), Brown (Saville 90 mins), Kamdjo, Byrne, Holmes, Yiadom, Hyde, Lowe (Edgar 75 mins), Stephens, Pearce. Subs: Cowler, Oster.
Barnet bookings: Yiadom (93 mins foul)
Attendance: 1,404 (inc 209 Barnet fans)