FULL-TIME: Orient 4 Bristol Rovers 1 - Kane’s late double ensures victory for Orient
Orient stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games
YOUNG substitute Harry Kane grabbed two second-half goals to seal a victory against Bristol Rovers, as the home side stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games.
Jimmy Smith and Andrew Whing netted in the first half and after Rovers pulled a goal back, Kane’s double settled the issue.
The home side could not have made a better start as they grabbed the lead after just five minutes.
Dean Cox sent in a cross from the left and Smith had a great opportunity to head home, but misplaced his effort.
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The ball bounced back to the winger and when he whipped it in again, Smith made no mistake.
This time the midfielder rose and sent a perfectly-paced header into the corner of the net.
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Worse followed for the visitors, as Orient grabbed a second on 16 minutes when Cox sent defender Whing scampering down the right and from 25 yards he sent an effort exploding into the far corner - his first goal since April 2005.
Alex Revell almost added a third for Orient when he headed another Cox cross just over the bar.
But the visitors hit back and Jamie Jones made a wonderful double save to deny first Scott Davies and then Will Hoskins to ensure the O’s maintained their two-goal cushion.
After the early burst the game lost its way for a while, but O’s finished the half strongly and Revell’s shot was tipped over the bar by Daniels just before the break.
Rovers, who had enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half without looking dangerous, made the perfect start to the second half when they pulled a goal back on 52 minutes.
Jeff Hughes provided the cross from the right and the ball appeared to skim off Jason Crowe’s head and end up in the corner of the net.
After the breakthrough the game lost its way as both sides struggled to create chances, but after a spell of Rovers pressure it was Orient who grabbed the all-important third goal on 76 minutes.
Charlie Daniels saw his cross from the left blocked, but the ball looped into the air and the full-back headed the ball into the path of young substitute Kane.
The youngster, on loan from Spurs, reacted quickly and swivelled in the area before firing home from eight yards.
Then seven minutes later Kane was on target again. This time Daniels swept a ball in from the left and when Revell failed to force it home, Kane nipped in an smacked it into the net from close range.
Orient: Jones, Whing, Chorley, Forbes, Daniels, Smith (Carroll 84 mins), Crowe, Dawson, Cox (M’Poku 84 mins), McGleish (Kane 70 mins), Revell. Subs: Butcher, Omozusi, Jarvis, Tehoue,
Bristol Rovers: Daniels, Sawyer, Coles, Tunnicliffe, Hoskins, Howe, Hughes, Anthony, Davies (Swallow 60 mins), Kalala, Williams (Kuffour 81 mins). Subs: Green, Regan, Brown, Richards, Reece,
Attendance: 4,913 (inc 372 Bristol Rovers fans).