Gary gutted as Glovers go out – A fans view
FT score: Leyton Orient 1 – 0 Yeovil Town (JPT Southern Area Semi-Final)
Stadium: Matchroom Stadium, London
Leyton Orient goalscorer/s: Mooney 90'
Yeovil Town goalscorer/s: none
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My Man of the Match: Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient) – A solid performance from the ex. Swindon man who produced a brilliant cross in the dying seconds for David Mooney to head past Marek Stech.
Referee: 6/10 – An inconsistent performance with some of his decisions questionable. He did, however, do well to stick to the letter of the law by sending off Leyton Orient's Griffith for a second bookable offence after he kicked the ball away when some referee's might have issued a final warning.
Attendance: 2,755 (815 Glovers supporters)
On a poor pitch these two sides, which met only a week ago at Huish Park in the league (with Yeovil winning that fixture 3-0), played each other again for the JPT Southern Area Semi-Final at the Matchroom Stadium.
The game was scrappy and both teams were limited to very few chances. The two sides were cancelling each other out with neither wanting to be the first to concede.
The first chance came when Lloyd James had a shot for the O's which was well wide of the left hand post.
Up the other end a long free-kick by Yeovil Captain Jamie McAllister caused all sorts of problems when Orient keeper Jamie Jones came for the ball only to let it slip out of his hands. It was cleared as far as Glovers midfielder Ed Upson, who hooked the ball back for some head tennis near the 18 yard box before Dominic Blizzard eventually brought the ball down and forced a brilliant one handed save from the O's stopper after Russell Slade's side had failed to clear their lines.
Gavin Williams then crossed for Jamie McAllister to steer a header towards goal that was easily dealt with by Jones.
From a Dean Cox corner the O's nearly opened the scoring when centre half Ben Chorley headed at goal, with Mooney maybe getting a touch on the way, only to be denied by a good save from Marek Stech.
The half-time whistle blew with the two teams all square at the interval.
In the second half both teams seemed to have more chances with Odubajo testing Marek Stech with a good strike before a shot that, had it gone in, would have been one of the best goals ever scored for Yeovil.
Substitute Matthew Dolan on his debut picked up the ball inside the centre circle, saw the goalkeeper off his line and tried an audacious chip that fizzed just past the post with Jones scrambling.
Grifffith was then booked for a cynical foul on Yeovil midfielder Gavin Williams. Just minutes later he stupidly kicked the ball away after a free-kick was given to the Glovers. He received his marching orders and left Leyton Orient a man light for the final fifteen minutes.
Unfortunately the Green & Whites couldn't make their numerical advantage pay and the game looked set for a penalty shoot-out until, with seconds of normal time left, Scott Cuthbert produced a good cross in from the right hand side which was headed into the goal by striker David Mooney.
It was heart-breaking to see the Glovers concede so late on, even with six minutes of added time they couldn't find an equaliser and the O's nearly scored a spectacular second on the counter attack with Lee Cook hitting the bar.
So that ends Yeovil's cup dream for another year, but Wembley could still be possible if they can secure a play-off spot in League One.
Footnote: I just have to commend the 815 Glovers faithful who went to the game. They made a real cup tie atmosphere and never stopped singing for the lads, even after the late goal. They were a credit to the football club and it is just a shame that this time, we came up short.
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14 (Screen name: Josh98).