Orient history boys on a high
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 24 August 2013
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Sky Bet League One: Leyton Orient 2 Crewe 0
A fourth successive league win kept Orient top of the table and ensured their best start to a season for 103 years at Brisbane Road.
Moses Odubajo put Russell Slade’s men into an early lead and David Mooney’s penalty sealed the points before the break as O’s maintained their excellent form in front of a decent crowd of 4,455.
Veteran striker Kevin Lisbie had the first chance of note on four minutes, firing just wide from distance.
And O’s opened the scoring on seven minutes when Dean Cox slid the ball into the path of Odubajo, who fired past Alan Martin.
Odubajo was unable to steer home a Mooney header on 14 minutes after a fine Orient move and the hosts also had penalty appeals waved away when Lisbie went down under the challenge of George Ray.
Cox fired over from distance on 28 minutes, before O’s were awarded a penalty, with Chucks Aneke booked for bringing down Lisbie in the box.
Lisbie was unable to convert, however, putting his spot-kick wide, but the hosts were awarded another penalty moments later when George Ray fouled Mooney.
Irishman Mooney picked himself up to convert from 12 yards to maintain his fine record this season and double Orient’s lead.
And it was no more than Russell Slade’s men deserved as Crewe only had their first effort just before half time when Aneke fired a shot on the turn wide.
Lisbie shot into the side netting early in the second half, while Crewe’s Kelvin Mellor fired well over at the other end and Ryan Colclough had an effort deflected over the crossbar.
Jamie Jones produced a fine save to deny Colclough midway through the half, while Martin thwarted Mooney from close range on 70 minutes.
And Jones had to be alert to keep out Abdul Osman’s free-kick and another effort from Colclough.
Crewe were getting closer, though, with Aneke forcing Jones to tip his shot over, before rattling the crossbar with another attempt nine minutes from time.
Having weathered a mini storm, O’s went close to a third goal when Cox picked out Lisbie at a free-kick and Martin kept out his header with a low save.
But they had done enough in the first half to keep the feel-good factor going and will aim for a Capital One Cup upset when Premier League new boys Hull visit on Tuesday.
Leyton Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Vincelot, Cuthbert, Baudry, Cox, James (Bartley 76), Lisbie, Mooney (Lasimant 84), Odubajo (Gorman 65), Clarke.
Unused subs: Sawyer, Larkins, Lee, Vanderhyde.
Attendance: 4455 (including 332 Crewe fans).
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