Birkbeck Orient 5 East London 2 on Sunday 21 October 2012
BIRKBECK ORIENT kept up their unbeaten start to the season after mounting an impressive comeback from two goals down.
A new-look East London have started the season well, and they had the better of the opening stages, their number 8 proving difficult to mark. Not for the first time this season, the Birky Os fell behind to a wonderstrike – on this occasion, the 8 lined up at 30m and beat the despairing dive of stand-in keeper Pete.
In the aftermath of that strike, Martin had to leave the field with an injury, and a slip from his replacement Darren allowed East London to cross from the left and double their lead soon after.
After some poor touches in the opening 30 minutes, Birky began to settle into their game and they pulled a goal back before half time. East London failed to clear Sam’s long-range free kick and Harry pounced on the loose ball to blast home from around the penalty spot.
The Os ended the half the stronger side, and went into the second period knowing they had enough in the tank to win the game. They came out of the blocks quickly and soon got on level terms, again thanks to Harry, whose low deflected effort from the edge of the box skidded in off the post.
The momentum was with Birky now, as East London’s midfield seemed to tire badly. Jonny came off the bench for his competitive debut and had an immediate impact, beating two men down the left flank and laying the ball on for Chris to smash home.
Both teams knew the next goal would be crucial, and it went Birky’s way. Dan clipped an excellent through ball down the channel and the hard-working Ryan managed to dink the ball past the onrushing East London keeper for 4-2.
The Os put the icing on the cake in the last 10 minutes – from an accurate Chris corner, Sam got in front of his marker and directed the ball into the net via a combination of head and shoulder.
East London were now deflated, and Birky dominated possession in the final minutes but couldn’t add further to their tally.
Nonetheless, three consecutive wins and 14 goals has been a great for Birky Os to start their league campaign.
Squad: Pete Ranger, Martin Durant, Mac Page, Mark Pether, Joe Latimer, Dan Mpasi, Chris Agathangelou, Harry Raymond, Frankie Fitzpatrick, Ryan Gray, Darren Trippick, Jon Millard, Sam Dutton, Evan Guppy, Dave Corck-Adelman.
Man of the match: Harry Raymond
For reports of earlier games, many of them victories, go to Loving Dalston’s Sport category.