League One

February 9, 2013

Full-time

Leyton Orient

2 - 1

Tranmere Rovers

League One

15:00 +00:00, February 9, 2013

Matchroom Stadium, England

Referee: T Kettle

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.

Scoring Summary

Leyton Orient Tranmere Rovers
Charlie MacDonald (9')Michael O'Halloran (75')
Martin Rowlands (pen miss 15') 
Martin Rowlands (67')