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YOUTH TEAM BEATEN IN TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH AS UNDEFEATED RUN COMES TO AN END

EFL Youth Alliance Merit Division action

9 April 2022

EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE MERIT LEAGUE TWO
Saturday April 9th 2022, 10.30am
BreyerGroup Stadium

LEYTON ORIENT UNDER 18S 3
Lorenzo Saponara 10
Zecharia Obiero 22
Mert Apat 66

NORTHAMPTON TOWN UNDER 18S 0

Cobblers: Tom Ladyman, Brad Smith-Howes (sub Conor Thomas 82), Josh Tomlinson, Tom Cartwright, Courtney Lashley, Dylan Hill, Ethan Lack (sub Rico Duggan 67), Peter Abimbola (sub Jacob Scott 62), Miguel Ngwa, Jack Connor, Kai O’Keeffe (sub Fin Amidi 62)
Sub not used: Marcus Bald

Northampton Town lost 3-0 away to Leyton Orient in a top-of-the-table EFL Youth Alliance Merit League Two clash at the BreyerGroup Stadium on Saturday morning.

The defeat ended the young Cobblers’ three-game unbeaten run.

Coach Shane Goddard made five changes to the team that beat Newport County last week, as captain Peter Abimbola, Tom Ladyman, Courtney Lashley, Ethan Lack and Jack Connor all came into the starting line up.

The hosts took an early lead when Lorenzo Saponara headed into the top right from Ashley Koroma’s corner.

They came close to doubling their advantage 10 minutes later, Sonny Fish driving across goal and wide.

They did just that soon after when skipper Zecharia Obiero fired into the top corner from 30 yards.

The ball was in the Cobblers’ net for a third time when Antonio Clements’ strike nestled in the bottom corner before the break, but the goal was disallowed because an attacker was offside in the build-up.

The visitors almost pulled a goal back late in the first half, Kai O’Keeffe flicking a header wide from Miguel Ngwa’s cross.

But it was Leyton Orient who scored the third goal when Mert Apat tapped in Harrison Sodje’s cutback after the hour.

Connor poked towards goal from Lashley’s low ball as the Cobblers looked for a late consolation, but Noah Phillips made a save at the near post.

The youth team host Luton Town in a fortnight. The fixture is their penultimate game of the season.

LEYTON ORIENT MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (5) 8
FOULS: (5) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (0) 1
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 5


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