Williams purring with Orient show
Carlisle United 1 Leyton Orient 3 ORIENT took a massive stride towards League One survival as they blasted their way to victory at Carlisle on Tuesday night, writes TREVOR DAVIES. The revival under new manager Geraint Williams continued as the O s scored
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Leyton Orient 3
ORIENT took a massive stride towards League One survival as they blasted their way to victory at Carlisle on Tuesday night, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
The revival under new manager Geraint Williams continued as the O's scored three times in league game for the first time this season, as Charlie Daniels, Scott McGleish and Simon Church put Orient 3-0 ahead in the opening 50 minutes.
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With most of the League One strugglers losing, it was a great night for the O's and a delighted Williams said: "That's the best footballing performance we've had since I have been here.
"Carlisle put us under a bit of pressure early on but after that, we settled down, got to grips with them and played some great football.
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"To score three goals away from home is very good."
Ironically, it was Carlisle who were first out of the blocks and Joe Anyinsa was denied by a great save from Jamie Jones.
Jones did well again on nine minutes, when he dived to his left to smother Graham Kavanagh's effort.
But Jones was not the only keeper in action early on. Carlisle's Ben Williams had to make two smart stops in as many minutes from Sean Thornton and Church.
Thornton went close again as he sent an effort just wide, as the home side started to take a grip of the contest.
In an enthralling game, Gareth Taylor almost put the home side ahead, before Daniels gave Orient the lead on 29 minutes.
Jason Demetriou's corner was not cleared and when the ball came back into the box, McGleish set up Daniels, who smashed the ball home.
For the small knot of 110 Orient fans who had made the midweek trek to Brunton Park, the longest away game of the season, the night became even better when their side increased their advantage six minutes later following an amazing move that included 23 passes.
Every outfield player touched the ball as Orient knocked it around in style and McGleish finished it off by touching home from close range after Jimmy Smith provided the telling pass.
According to the statisticians, the move lasted one minute and 17 seconds and Williams purred: "It was a fantastic goal, it's a pity you only get one for it!"
Taylor could have put the home side back in the contest, but headed over, with the goal gaping, while Church almost opened his account at the other end, when his volley whistled over.
However, the on-loan youngster did not have to wait long to score his first goal in Orient colours, as five minutes into the second half, O's went three-up when he neatly found the corner after Smith again delivered a telling cross.
The game was over as a contest and Paul Terry, in the side for the injured Adam Chambers, almost scored, but was denied by a diving stop from Williams.
Carlisle finally opened their account 12 minutes from time, when substitute Scott Dobie netted from the edge of the box after Danny Graham's shot was deflected into his path.
But it was too little too late, as Orient stood firm to held off the home side's final flurry and travel home with three precious points.
Orient: Jones, Purches, Mkandawire, Spence, Daniels, Smith, Thornton, Terry, Demetriou, McGleish (Gray 76 mins), Church. Sub: Morris, Saah, Melligan, Morgan.
Att: 4,536 (including 110 away fans).