Gallery: Boro draw with Orient
PUBLISHED: 14:30 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010
Stevenage Borough 1 Leyton Orient 1 TWO stunning goals and a feast of entertainment brought plenty of smiles to Boro fans at Broadhall way on Saturday. Boro gave League One Orient plenty of anxious moments and at the end of the 90 minutes deserved to hav
Stevenage Borough 1 Leyton Orient 1
TWO stunning goals and a feast of entertainment brought plenty of smiles to Boro fans at Broadhall way on Saturday.
Boro gave League One Orient plenty of anxious moments and at the end of the 90 minutes deserved to have won this friendly encounter.
As early as the third minute Boro had Orient at panic stations when Morison flicked the ball through to Mitchell Cole but O's keeper Jamie Jones smothered the threat.
Cole went close 90 seconds later after combining with Morison again but his stinging drive was palmed wide by Jones.
The Boro pressure finally broke the Orient defence on 18 minutes for a goal that was superbly engineered.
Eddie Anaclet raced clear on the right and released a ball with precision and timing that carved a huge hole in the Orient defence and Morison raced into the area and efficiently steered the ball past Jones into the far corner of the net from the tightest of angles.
Orient rarely troubled the Boro defence that was superbly marshalled by skipper Mark Albrighton and even when the visitors did threaten, keeper Ashley Bayes was on hand to deny Orient.
Bayes made good saves from Ryan Jarvis and used his chest to keep out a low shot from Stephen Purches but Orient stepped up a gear after the interval.
But Boro never let Orient settle and gave them another scare on 60 minutes when Morison sent in a thundering shot from 25 yards that was tipped over the bar by Jones.
Orient levelled on 67 minutes with a vicious free kick from substitute Sean Thornton that left Bayes seething with his defenders for leaving a gap in the wall.
Albrighton had conceded a free kick just outside the area and Thornton fired in a stunning shot that flashed inside the post despite Bayes' attempt to claw it out.
Bayes immediately showed his anger by grabbing the ball and slamming it into the turf in front of his defenders.
Cole chased tirelessly along with Morison and Westcarr to try and restore Boro's lead but Orient closed ranks and it was the visitors who had the best chance when the industrious Thornton curled a shot inches wide.
Boro: Bayes, Bostwick, Albrighton, Henry, Laird, Anaclet, Mills, (Wilson 56), Bridges (Martin), Westcarr (Barron 70), Morison, Cole (Thomas 83).