Port Vale vs Leyton Orient Match Report

A valiant performance from Leyton Orient makes it three wins from three as Connor Wilkinson, Danny Johnson and James Brophy seals the victory over a struggling Port Vale side in the north.

Both Leyton Orient and Port Vale came into this game with completely opposite recent records, with The O’s winning their last two and Vale having lost their last four.

It was Leyton Orient who had the first chance of the game two minutes in as James Brophy runs towards the byline and cuts the ball back to Connor Wilkinson who’s disappointing touch leads to a Port Vale goal kick.

Port Vale soon had a chance of their own after Tom Conlon fires a shot off of the bar after some fancy footwork beating Josh Coulson and Joe Widdowson.

A great start for Port Vale saw them go a goal to the good after Leon Legge lost his man at the far post and nodded home from an in swinging corner, 1-0 to The Valiants.

The lead only lasted three minutes thanks to a bullet header from Danny Johnson after Louis Dennis delivered a lovely curling cross, all level once again at 1-1.

An entertaining opening 20 minutes in dreadful conditions in the north had Port Vale on an attack but Devante Rodney was dispossessed by Cisse.

Josh Coulson was next to have a chance on goal after a corner from Jobi McAnuff found Danny Johnson at the back post who’s header to the penalty spot found Coulson who could only head into the hands of Port Vale keeper Scott Brown.

An early change for Vale has David Amoo makes way for Cristian Montano after picking up a knock.

Orient made it two just after the 30 minute mark as a Louis Dennis shot is deflected into the path of Danny Johnson who’s shot ricocheted off of Nathan Smith which appears to be going in until Scott Brown makes a big save into the path of Connor Wilkinson who converts from 12 yards out. 2-1 to The O’s!

Joe Widdowson was penalised after a handball just on the edge of the box but the resulting free kick leads to nothing and Leyton Orient had a chance to counter attack through Louis Dennis but the counter is halted by a great challenge by Tom Conlon.

Orient should have made it three after James Brophy attempts to switch the ball to Jobi McAnuff but the ball hits the side of Connor Wilkinson and falls into the path of Danny Johnson who puts the ball wide from six yards!

Port Vale sub Cristian Montano went on a fantastic run, skipping past 5 Orient men before cannoning a shot into the side netting, a very end to end game so far.

Last weeks Man of the Match Dan Happe is the first to be booked today after a mistimed sliding challenge on Devante Rodney on the far side, 4 minutes were added but the half comes to a close.

The first chance of the second 45 minutes was for Port Vale as a corner hits James Brophy and back out to David Worrall who’s second delivery is straight into the arms of Lawrence Vigouroux.

Shouts for a penalty from the home side were waved away from todays referee Peter Wright as Manny Oyeleke went down just inside the box. A lively start from Port Vale.

Another corner six minutes into the second half for Port Vale who have been the stronger side since the restart. The corner from David Worrall found Devante Rodney who was unable to convert from six yards out.

Corners galore as the visitors have a corner of their own after Danny Johnson makes a driving run with the ball towards the box but cuts back to James Brophy who finds Orient captain Jobi McAnuff who wins the corner.

Another penalty claim for the home side as a cross is cleared by James Brophy which Port Vale insist hit the wingers arm as the ball trickles out for a throw. The throw leads to a cross which is cleared by Orient defender Sam Ling.

Outstanding tackle from Joe Widdowson as Devante Rodney appears to be in on goal after some nervous defending but the Orient defender gets the ball to safety with an outstretched leg.

Port Vale on the upper hand 15 minutes into the second half with them controlling most of the possession.

Some incredible football from Port Vale had Devante Rodney six yards out but a brilliant bit of defending from Joe Widdowson had the ball out for yet another Port Vale corner. The corner leads to nothing and Orient win themselves a needed free kick.

Port Vale substitute Mark Cullen goes down needing treatment in the 73rd minute after an off the ball clash with Orient midfielder Ouss Cisse.

WHAT A STRIKE!! Cristian Montano beats Ruel Sortitou before skipping into the midfield and unleashes an incredible effort from 20 yards about into the top corner, Lawrence Vigouroux was never getting a hand to that and Port Vale have a deserved equaliser! 2-2.

Just moments later Port Vale could have taken the lead after a clearance from their own defence leads to a mix up between Sam Ling and Josh Coulson but the ball just trickles out for a goal kick.

Yet another chances leads to yet another corner for Port Vale as a free kick from deep inside their half finds Emmanuel Oyeleke who’s shot comes off of Orient sub Hector Kyprianou and the ball goes out for yet another corner.

Orient find themselves on a counter attack after a one-two between Danny Johnson and Hector Kyprianou leads to Johnson taking the ball into the corner in the 81st and winning a corner for The O’s.

A substitution for the visitors after Ouss Cisse makes way for Josh Wright after what looks to be a twisted ankle. The score remains 2-2 with 8 minutes to go.

ORIENT SCORE! Completely against the run of play, Leyton Orient find themselves 3-2 up! A corner which was cleared by the Vale defence has the ball come to Josh Coulson who lofts the ball over everybody to find James Brophy at the back post and he slides the ball under the goalkeeper! 3-2 to the visitors!

Leyton Orient holding on to the lead here as Port Vale look to find their second equaliser of the game, A cross from Port Vale on the far side leads to a Leyton Orient goal kick. A nervy final few minutes for Orient.

Six added minutes at Vale Park. Port Vale applying all of the pressure with 10 men behind the ball for Orient. Ruel Sortiriou giving away a free kick on the far side just after Jobi McAnuff makes a fantastic last ditch clearance.

A huge three points for Leyton Orient away from home thanks to goals from Danny Johnson, Connor Wilkinson and James Brophy. The O’s move up to 6th in League Two after an impressive three games makes in nine points from a possible nine.

Leyton Orient are on the road again next weekend as they travel to 23rd place Scunthorpe United where they look to make it 12 points from a possible 12. Port Vale travel to Bolton Wanderers, a team that Orient managed to put four past earlier in the season.

Joe Pavett

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