Mooney’s the man for Orient
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League One: Leyton Orient 3 Shrewsbury 0
David Mooney’s double helped O’s to complete a perfect opening week to the new season with a third successive victory.
Manager Russell Slade had asked his men to maintain the momentum built in their wins over Carlisle and Coventry and Irish striker Mooney netted with two headers in six minutes, either side of the hour mark at Brisbane Road.
Moses Odubajo added some late gloss with a superb third in injury time to see off a dogged Shrewsbury side.
Captain Nathan Clarke came back into the side, having missed the midweek Capital One Cup win over Coventry with a facial injury sustained in the 5-1 opening day win at Carlisle a week earlier.
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And Mooney, among the goalscorers at Brunton Park, had the first effort of note on five minutes, firing straight at Chris Weale with a left-footed shot.
The hosts went close again on 11 minutes as Dean Cox played the ball into the box and it fell kindly for Mathieu Baudry, whose shot on the turn flew just wide.
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Then Cox was picked out by Mooney, but saw his shot deflected over for a corner, with Clarke heading over from the resultant Lloyd James delivery.
O’s kept the pressure on and Mooney’s shot was deflected by Kevin Lisbie, wrong-footing Weale but flying just wide of the target. Then Mooney poked a cross from Odubajo straight at Weale.
Shrewsbury’s Darren Jones needed treatment after an awkward fall midway through the half and the stoppage robbed the game of some of its momentum.
The visitors tried to find a way back into the action, but O’s looked very well organised and Graham Burke’s long-range effort flew harmlessly wide of Jamie Jones’s goal.
Elliot Omozusi, playing at left-back, was shown a yellow card just past the half-hour mark for a late tackle on Tom Bradshaw, but Jones kept out Paul Parry’s free-kick.
And the home keeper had to be at his best on 37 minutes to deny Aaron Wildig from Jon Taylor’s cross low down to his left as Shrewsbury enjoyed their best spell of the game.
O’s rallied, with Mooney forcing a good stop from Weale and then lifting another opportunity over in injury time, after Romain Vincelot nodded down James’s corner.
Joe Jacobsen’s dipping effort from distance had gone close inbetween times as an entertaining first half ended goalless.
Lisbie forced Weale into action soon after the restart after beating former O’s defender Tamika Mkandawire, only for play to be called back for a foul by the striker.
Mooney headed over from another deep Odubajo cross before Vincelot saw his effort from Cox’s left-wing cross gathered by a scrambling Weale.
But O’s broke the deadlock on 57 minutes when Scott Cuthbert whipped in an excellent cross from the right and Mooney dived in at the far post to head home.
And the hosts went close to a second moments later as Lisbie saw an effort deflected just wide.
O’s did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage, though, as Cuthbert hurled in a long throw and Lisbie flicked it on for Mooney to bundle home his second on 63 minutes.
Slade replaced Lisbie with Shaun Batt, before Wildig was booked for a nasty challenge on Omozusi, and there was an O’s debut for loan signing Marvin Bartley, who replaced James with a quarter of an hour remaining.
O’s went close to a third when Odubajo’s deep cross found Cox, who found space but curled his shot just over the crossbar, and Omozusi blazed over when Cox’s free-kick rebounded off the defensive wall.
The woodwork saved Shrews when Cox played Odubajo in and his shot beat Weale but came back off the post.
But Odubajo was not to be denied as he took a pass from late substitute Yohann Lasimant and ran fully 40 yards before slipping the ball under Weale in injury time to cap another memorable attacking display by Slade’s men, as delighted O’s fans chanted “We are top of the league”.
Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Vincelot, Cuthbert, Baudry, Cox (Lasimant 88), James (Bartley 75), Lisbie (Batt 66), Mooney, Odubajo, Clarke.
Unused subs: Sawyer, Larkins, Lee, Gorman.
Shrewsbury: Weale, Jacobsen, Summerfield (McAllister 75), Jones, Bradshaw, Taylor, Wildig, Mkandawire, Parry, Goldson, Burke.
Unused subs: McQuade, Woods, Anyon, Smith.
Attendance: 4,414 (including 358 Shrewsbury fans).