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Leyton Orient 3-2 Crawley Town

Leyton Orient held off a brave Crawley Town fightback to secure a Boxing Day win at Brisbane Road.

Paul McCallum's brace and a Sam Dalby effort gave the home side a three-goal half-time lead before an own goal from Teddy Mezague and an opportunist effort by Enzio Boldewijn left Orient hanging on nervously.

Teenage striker Dalby started the goal-fest with his first touch of the game. The forward, who turned 17 only 10 days ago, marked his first start for the O's by running on to Gavin Massey's fourth-minute cross to net from close range.

Seven minutes later Massey turned provider when his centre from the right was seized upon by McCallum, who turned the ball past Crawley's former Orient goalkeeper Glenn Morris.

The home side totally dictated matters in the opening half and McCallum extended the lead in added time from the penalty spot after the influential Massey had been felled in the penalty area.

Orient defender Mezague, making his first start for the club, sliced the ball into his own net on 54 minutes to reduce the deficit.

That goal produced a spirited response from the visitors, who were rewarded for their efforts when Boldewijn capitalised on an error in the home defence to set up a nervy finish.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Leyton Orient

  • 1Cisak
  • 29Judd
  • 19Mezague
  • 6Parkes
  • 16HuntBooked at 90mins
  • 11Massey
  • 7Collins
  • 15AtanganaBooked at 82mins
  • 22Semedo
  • 10McCallumBooked at 86mins
  • 30DalbySubstituted forBoweryat 58'minutesBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 8Weir
  • 9Palmer
  • 21Bowery
  • 24Sargeant
  • 27Simpson
  • 28Koroma
  • 37Erichot

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 2YoungBooked at 89mins
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 90mins
  • 15YorwerthBooked at 72mins
  • 14BlackmanSubstituted forMcNerneyat 45'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 4PayneBooked at 90mins
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 18Clifford
  • 11RobertsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBawlingat 74'minutes
  • 19CollinsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 13Mersin
  • 17Bawling
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 22McNerney
  • 24Djaló
  • 33Sanchez Watt
  • 44Henderson
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
4,486

Match Stats

Home TeamLeyton OrientAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leyton Orient 3, Crawley Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 3, Crawley Town 2.

Foul by Sandro Semedo (Leyton Orient).

Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Josh Payne (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nicky Hunt (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Collins (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Tom Parkes (Leyton Orient) because of an injury.

Booking

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Alex Cisak.

Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Nigel Atangana (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Leyton Orient).

Josh Payne (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Leyton Orient).

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sandro Semedo (Leyton Orient).

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Leyton Orient 3, Crawley Town 2. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glenn Morris.

Attempt saved. Sandro Semedo (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Jordan Bowery (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Leyton Orient).

Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Jordan Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Tom Parkes (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

Booking

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gavin Massey (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster22143544301445
2Plymouth22143535241145
3Carlisle221110141261543
4Portsmouth22115636221438
5Luton2298531201135
6Wycombe2210572925435
7Cambridge2210483025534
8Blackpool2296736241233
9Barnet228953130133
10Colchester228683027330
11Stevenage2293103334-130
12Grimsby228592927229
13Yeovil228592526-129
14Crawley228592836-829
15Exeter2283112526-127
16Crewe226972430-627
17Mansfield226882128-726
18Morecambe2182112538-1326
19Leyton Orient2273122529-424
20Hartlepool225892838-1023
21Notts County2264122537-1222
22Accrington2256112029-921
23Cheltenham224992434-1021
24Newport2145122535-1017
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