February 9, 2013
O's on song to sink leaders
Goals from Charlie MacDonald and Martin Rowlands saw Leyton Orient beat npower League One leaders Tranmere 2-1 at Brisbane Road.
Having signed for Orient a month ago from MK Dons, MacDonald opened his account for the east Londoners at the seven attempt with a typical predatory striker's goal.
Dean Cox sent in a free-kick from the left and MacDonald's header from point-blank range was parried by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams but the 31-year-old nodded the rebound into the net.
Rowlands had the chance to double the lead six minutes later but saw his 15th-minute penalty well-struck saved after Cox had been fouled by Ash Taylor.
However, the midfielder made amends after 67 minutes. He pounced on a clearance 25 yards from goal and struck a dipping, left-foot volley to the left of Williams that gave the keeper no chance.
Tranmere gave themselves a lifeline when substitute Michael O'Halloran arrived at the far post after 75 minutes to sweep in a cross from Danny Holmes but the home side were good value for their victory.
|Leyton Orient||Tranmere Rovers|
|1 Jamie Jones||1 Owain fon Williams|
|5 Scott Cuthbert||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|3 Gary Sawyer||2 Danny Holmes|
|6 Mathieu Baudry||4 Ash Taylor|
|21 Lee Cook||23 Donervorn Daniels|
|22 Martin Rowlands||10 Andy Robinson|
|7 Dean Cox||6 Liam Palmer|
|23 Lloyd James||17 Max Power|
|17 Moses Odubajo||18 David Amoo|
|14 Charlie MacDonald||11 Adam McGurk|
|39 David Mooney||16 Cole Stockton|
|19 Charlie Grainger||Jason Mooney 33|
|15 Nathan Clarke||Ian Goodison 5|
|4 Roman Vincelot||Michael Kay 19|
|8 Anthony Griffith||Paul Black 3|
|11 Jimmy Smith||Danny Harrison 12|
|2 Leon McSweeney||Abdulai Bell-Baggie 22|
|28 Shaun Batt||Michael O'Halloran 20|
|Jimmy Smith for Lloyd James (66)||Michael O'Halloran for Adam McGurk (70)|
|Shaun Batt for Lee Cook (77)||Abdulai Bell-Baggie for David Amoo (70)|
|Roman Vincelot for Martin Rowlands (84)|
|Jimmy Smith (90)|
|· Squads: Leyton Orient | Tranmere Rovers|