Late goal sinks unlucky U's at leaders Leyton Orient

Essex County Standard: Old haunt - Colchester United strike Jabo Ibehre returned to his former club Leyton Orient. Old haunt - Colchester United strike Jabo Ibehre returned to his former club Leyton Orient.

A late strike from Moses Odubajo inflicted upon Colchester United a third successive defeat after they were beaten 2-1 by leaders Leyton Orient.

But the U’s were desperately unlucky to lose an entertaining encounter at Brisbane Road, in front of nearly 800 travelling supporters.

Colchester came into the match having claimed only one point in their previous four games but they played their part in a pulsating encounter and made a bright start to the contest.

Freddie Sears’ shot from 25 yards flew straight at the keeper after a patient build-up by the U’s, who looked effective as an attacking force throughout.

But Orient warmed to the task as the first half went on and went ahead in the 21st minute.

David Mooney, one of four former Colchester players included in the home side’s starting line-up, blasted emphatically into the roof of the net from 12 yards after Colchester had failed to deal with Scott Cuthbert’s delivery into the area.

The U’s responded well to the setback and Gavin Massey, one of two players recalled by Joe Dunne along with Craig Eastmond, dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area after Dominic Vose had picked him out.

But Mooney and fellow former U’s striker Kevin Lisbie looked effective in attack for Orient.

And U’s goalkeeper Sam Walker had to be at his best in order to push Lisbie’s low shot around his near post, just after the half hour.

Colchester started the second half well though and they were very close to equalising less than a minute after the restart.

Jakupovic twice denied Massey in quick succession, with the U’s forward eventually firing a third attempt into the side netting.

Colchester boss Joe Dunne sent on Marcus Bean and Macauley Bonne in an attempt to get his side back into the game and Sears’ half volley dropped kindly for Jakupovic, as the clock ticked down.

The U’s finally got the equaliser they deserved when Bean rose to head home Ryan Dickson’s deep cross.

But Odubajo finished low past Walker after latching onto substitute Shaun Batt’s drilled pass to score Orient’s winner and break U’s hearts.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s game at Leyton Orient, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.

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5:46pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bampotonian says...

Oh dear - three defeats in a row now. How quickly it can turn - from being a top half team to being only out of the drop zone on goal difference. Now the other teams around us are all finding form and picking up points, it's looking likely that we'll be playing League 2 football next season. Games in hand mean nothing unless you can get something out of them - today was always going to be a tough assignment; really it is our poor home form that looks like condemning us.
Oh dear - three defeats in a row now. How quickly it can turn - from being a top half team to being only out of the drop zone on goal difference. Now the other teams around us are all finding form and picking up points, it's looking likely that we'll be playing League 2 football next season. Games in hand mean nothing unless you can get something out of them - today was always going to be a tough assignment; really it is our poor home form that looks like condemning us. Bampotonian
  • Score: 25

9:35pm Sat 1 Mar 14

up the U's paul says...

Sorry i don't agree today the best team lost ! i think we have out played a few teams this season and lost home and away. We have played poorly and picked up points so as always it's scoring goals that counts. You do not get promoted because your home form is good and vice versa your away form. It's the same with all leagues if you let in 3 goals you don't worry if your strikers score 4 Man united have lived on that philosophy for years.
Sorry i don't agree today the best team lost ! i think we have out played a few teams this season and lost home and away. We have played poorly and picked up points so as always it's scoring goals that counts. You do not get promoted because your home form is good and vice versa your away form. It's the same with all leagues if you let in 3 goals you don't worry if your strikers score 4 Man united have lived on that philosophy for years. up the U's paul
  • Score: -20

9:53pm Sat 1 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

It no good dominating any game, its scoring goals and not conceding them that wins games as everybody knows.

The longer the losing run continues the harder it will get for the U's to score and we all know how shaky our defence is at times.

Rotherham is going to a really hard game to win. Them putting six passed Notts County today will give them so much confidence and not sure how much belief and energy we will have after giving so much today.
It no good dominating any game, its scoring goals and not conceding them that wins games as everybody knows. The longer the losing run continues the harder it will get for the U's to score and we all know how shaky our defence is at times. Rotherham is going to a really hard game to win. Them putting six passed Notts County today will give them so much confidence and not sure how much belief and energy we will have after giving so much today. West Stand United
  • Score: 17

11:17pm Sat 1 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Thought that was the best we've played since Gillingham, esp second half. Need to keep taking out chances. Yes there was a lot of weak shots today but you need to shot to score, watt back Tuesday shiukd hopefully make the difference. The defence has been having tendencies to switch off so annoying as both Eastman and Magnus can be superb on their day.
Thought that was the best we've played since Gillingham, esp second half. Need to keep taking out chances. Yes there was a lot of weak shots today but you need to shot to score, watt back Tuesday shiukd hopefully make the difference. The defence has been having tendencies to switch off so annoying as both Eastman and Magnus can be superb on their day. angryman!!!
  • Score: -10

9:16am Sun 2 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Unlucky after third consecutive defeat, no that's the wrong kind of consistency!
Unlucky after third consecutive defeat, no that's the wrong kind of consistency! totallyfootball
  • Score: 17

10:27am Sun 2 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

Yet again a poor performance in front of goal. Yes, created lots and dominated but we must be more clinical in front of goal! And with Jabo potentially injured for some time, where are the goals going to come from? We need a proven goalscorer and not rookies. We are in for a torrid time on Tuesday and Saturday. I predict by Tuesday ONE point from a possible 18! Even the most optimistic of fans must surely see now how this is relegation form! Looks like we are going down, Mr Dunne. So much for 'showing improvement' from last season! Up the U's!
Yet again a poor performance in front of goal. Yes, created lots and dominated but we must be more clinical in front of goal! And with Jabo potentially injured for some time, where are the goals going to come from? We need a proven goalscorer and not rookies. We are in for a torrid time on Tuesday and Saturday. I predict by Tuesday ONE point from a possible 18! Even the most optimistic of fans must surely see now how this is relegation form! Looks like we are going down, Mr Dunne. So much for 'showing improvement' from last season! Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 12

7:12pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bampotonian says...

Yes - have to agree. With the next two home games against opposition who have better away than home records, and with our miserable home record, it looks like our games in hand will only serve to plant us firmly in the drop zone. Not quite sure how things can change round - one player coming back from suspension is not enough surely?
Yes - have to agree. With the next two home games against opposition who have better away than home records, and with our miserable home record, it looks like our games in hand will only serve to plant us firmly in the drop zone. Not quite sure how things can change round - one player coming back from suspension is not enough surely? Bampotonian
  • Score: 1

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