Orient fell to a 4-2 defeat at Brisbane Road against a Sierra Leone side that was playing their very first fixture in the United Kingdom. The Leone stars, coached for the day by Leroy Rosenior were just too strong for Orient`s side which comprised of some senior players alongside trialists and youngsters.
The visitors were ahead after just four minutes when Watford winger Albert Jarrett beat Lockwood down the right and cross for Sollien Bundu to head home past Morris. The West African outfit continued to dominate, although they were rather fortunate to double their lead after being awarded a rather soft penalty.
Brian Saah was adjudged to have fouled Bundu in the area and Monaco marksmen Momo Kallon slotted the resultant spot kick past the outstretched arm of Glenn Morris.
The O`s had barely threatened in the first half with Jack Page`s long range drive, which flew way off target, the closest they managed to come. However, just before the break, the O`s did manage to get on the scoresheet after Clayton Fortune headed home a Demetriou free-kick, following a foul on Loick Pires.
The second half saw Leroy Rosenior`s side on the front foot with Jarrett bringing a save out of Garner just six minutes into the second period. However, Garner was left helpless on 57 minutes as substitute Kemoaki Kallon, the younger brother of Momo, fired home from just inside the box to make it 3-1.
The goal of the game came on 65 with Sydney Karubo firing a rasping angled volley past Garner from 12 yards. That goal underlined the dominance of the visitors and at that point, Orient were in danger of being embarrassed. However, the O`s did manage to get a goal back as Aiden Palmer crossed for Echanomi to head home after a lovely flowing move involving Jason Demetriou.
That goal failed to provide a catalyst for an Orient comeback as Sierra Leone celebrated their first victory on UK soil.
Orient: Glenn Morris (Glyn Garner HT); Allan Matthews, Brian Saah (Alton Thelwell HT), Clayton Fortune (Alvin Quaye HT (Tom Kemp 81)), Matt Lockwood (Jamal Fyfield 9 (Aiden Palmer HT (Frankie Webb 86))); Jason Demetriou (Scott Grange 75), Jack Page (Adam Chambers HT), Luke Guttridge (Wayne Corden 61);Sam Hurrell (Derek Duncan HT);Efe Echanomi, Emmanuel Monlouis (Loick Pires 35).
Both Sam Hurrell and Emmanuel Monlouis lined up for Orient as they looked to impress Martin Ling and earn a contract for next season at Brisbane Road. Monlouis, a striker, played for just 35 minutes in his yellow boots before being substituted. Neither player looked good enough, while Alvin Quaye, who is on trial from Norwich, also failed to impress.
That’s All Folks
That`s it then, the final match of the season. The O`s head off to Ibiza some time in July to prepare for next season, but now Martin Ling will have to start what promises to be a busy summer of transfer activity. The O`s will announce their pre-season fixtures in due course and we`ll bring you that news as soon as we have it.