Date: 10th November 2013 at 6:18pm
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Leyton Orient progressed through to the second round of this season’s FA Cup after seeing off Skrill Premier Southport in an entertaining seven goal match.

The O`s got off to the perfect start when Shaun Batt scored in the third minute. Johnny Gorman`s chipped pass was missed by the Southport defence and fell kindly for the pacey striker who turned and smashed the ball past Danny Hurst.

Six minutes later the hosts doubled their lead through the free scoring David Mooney. Frankie Sutherland`s clever through ball found Gary Sawyer clear on the left flank. The full back ‘s drilled cross was met first time by the Irishman who finished with aplomb.


Things went from bad to worse for Southport as they had a goal disallowed for offside before seeing keeper Danny Hurst and defender Matthew Brown taken off after a nasty collision from an Orient corner.


That setback seemed to invigorate the Merseysiders who began to attack with purpose and they were soon rewarded. A free kick on the right hand side was whipped into the penalty area where it eventually rebounded off the post into the path of Luke George who netted with Jake Larkins still scrambling.

Southport were quickly becoming the dominant side despite having to use their final substitute when Nathan Ellington pulled up with an injury.

Orient weren`t clear of the injury curse as Frankie Sutherland had to be withdrawn via a stretcher for Lloyd James.

The visitors thought they had remarkably levelled but once again the linesman flag denied them this time through substitute Karl Ledsham.

However another replacement was to make a big impact down the other end. In the eighth minute of an extended injury time Lloyd James curled a perfect shot which landed past the desperate dive of David Stevenson in the Southport goal and into the bottom right corner.

That seemed to be the sucker punch as the non-league side were overpowered in the second period. Shaun Batt completed his brace when he tapped home after Scott Cuthbert`s initial header was pushed into the path of the former Millwall man.

He was then replaced by Dean Cox who scored the goal of the game unleashing an unstoppable dipping strike from 30 yards out into the top corner past a helpless Stevenson.

Southport were out but not down as they rallied to grab a late consolation through Matty Flynn after Scott Cuthbert and Jake Larkins failed to clear from a cross.


Orient saw out the final few minutes to put them through into the next round of the cup.

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