Date: 16th July 2006 at 8:52am
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Orient were defeated 2-1 by AFC Wimbledon as the O`s continued their rather unconvincing start to their pre-season. The Dons took advantage of some truly embarrassing Orient defending to take a 2-0 advantage before a late goal from Daryl McMahon gave Orient something to smile about.

As against Swindon Supermarine in midweek, Orient enjoyed plentiful possession but found themselves unable to break past an impressive Wimbledon backline. However, Orient did create some good chances and really should have taken the lead when Lee Steele was saved by Howard when the O`s man looked certain to score. Steele went close again just a couple of minutes later with a scissor kick from a Derek Duncan cross, however it was the hosts that took the lead after a truly awful error from O`s youngster Jamal Fyfield. In an attempt to clear, Fyfeld sliced his clearance horribly and fell kindly for D`Sane to race through and beat Garner with ease.

Half time saw Martin Ling introduce a number of substitutes with only Glyn Garner retaining his place between the sticks. The O`s started brightly and Wayne Corden came close with a rasping left footed curling effort that was somehow cleared off the line. However, that was to be the highlight for the O`s as they seemed to lose their way in a scrappy second half. Once again, as against Swindon Supermarine, the O`s lacked any sort of rhythm and cohesion going forward and Wimbledon took advantage of Orient`s inadequacies with a second goal.

Paul Armstrong`s goal on 82 minutes came after yet more slack Orient defending, something that will certainly concern Martin Ling after the sale of Gaby Zakuani earlier in the week. The O`s did manage some response, with Daryl McMahon hitting a post from a free kick before the Irishman headed in a consolation on 92 following a Corden cross from a rare flowing Orient attack.

Another poor performance from Orient, but many will remember last season`s pre-season`s games in which Orient often performed dismally, especially during a defeat to Thurrock. However, Martin Ling must be concerned at some of Orient`s rather questionable defending and this will only hammer home the message that a replacement for Zakuani must be high on Ling`s priority list.

Orient take on Grays Athletic next on Wednesday 19th July at the Recreation Ground. Kick off is at 19.45pm.



ORIENT: (1st half) Glyn Garner; Justin Miller, Adam Tann, Jamal Fyfield, Matt Lockwood, Shane Tudor, Donny Barnard, Craig Easton, Derek Duncan; Gary Alexander, Lee Steele

2nd half) Glyn Garner; Jason Demetriou, John Mackie, Brian Saah, Aiden Palmer; Wayne Corden, Michael Simpson, Daryl McMahon, Joe Keith; Paul Connor, Jabo Ibehre.