5:10 PM July 30, 2022
Leyton Orient started the 2022-23 League Two season in winning style at Brisbane Road.
George Moncur’s penalty put Richie Wellens’ side ahead early in the second half, with Tom James adding a superb second soon after.
And it was no more than the hosts deserved, having enjoyed the best of the proceedings on the first day of the new campaign.
After both sides watched a few minutes of applause for O Rowland Lyons fan and journalist, who was tragically killed in a road accident in Somerset earlier this week, the home side got their first chance in four minutes when Theo Archibald found Moncur, whose bending effort was fended off by Max Crocombe.
O’s closed four minutes later when Moncur beat his man and found Ruel Sotiriou, who flashed a shot wide of the post, but Lawrence Vigouroux was called in the 11th minute to prevent Michee Efete at the far post with a great stop.
Crocombe outsmarted Paul Smyth moments later, with Sotiriou curling a shot wide in a spirited opening quarter-hour.
And Smyth then drilled another shot just past the far post after recovering a chipped pass from Archibald in the 18th minute.
A clash of headers between two Grimsby players resulted in a brief delay, but the O’s were inches away from taking the lead in the 34th minute when Moncur fired a free-kick just wide.
Vigouroux set about making a comfortable save from John McAtee four minutes before the break, with James booked for a foul on Bryn Morris during stoppage time and new signing Rob Hunt also shown a yellow card before the interval .
O’s had a release within two minutes of the restart as Morris fired from 12 yards out, but the hosts were then awarded a penalty seconds later when Moncur’s shot was manipulated by a Grimsby player in the box.
And Moncur stepped forward to sink the kick into the bottom right corner of the net to break the deadlock.
O kept a high pace in his game looking for a quick second and they got it in the 56th minute as James scored with an emphatic 30-yard strike off the crossbar for an early season goal .
Hunt made way for Craig Clay just before the hour mark, with James returning to left-back, as the home fans began to create a festive atmosphere in E10.
And the two goalscorers combined in the 62nd minute with James firing the ball for Moncur to fire over the crossbar, while Archibald’s dummy free-kick was nearly sliced into his own net by Harry Clifton six minutes later. late.
Sotiriou fired just wide of the corner and Smyth made way for Harry Smith with fifteen minutes remaining, while Grimsby’s Ryan Taylor was booked for blocking a Vigouroux clearance.
Jayden Sweeney replaced Sotiriou in the closing stages, Omar Beckles showed a yellow card for a trip on McAtee four minutes from time.
And Archibald and Moncur almost combined for a third goal from O in the last minute of regulation time, but Crocombe managed to stifle the pass just in time.
The visiting keeper made a good save to hit Archibald’s shot beyond the post in the first of five minutes of stoppage time as O’s only had to settle for two goals on that occasion.
Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James, Happe, Thompson, Smyth (Smith 75), Sotiriou (Sweeney 80), Archibald, Moncur, Pratley, Beckles, Hunt (Clay 58). Unused submarines: Sargeant, Georgiou, Fish, Obiero.