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Leyton Orient- Memorable Matches and Eric Lichaj


Memorable Match

Leyton Orient 8 Droylsden 2

FA Cup Second Round Replay


One of the most extraordinary matches that has ever been seen in East London finished with ten goals and four red cards as The O’s became the first team to ever score six goals during a period of extra time.

This was a second-round replay after the original game had ended in a tie and the winner would earn a visit to Championship giants Norwich City. Though Orient soon found themselves 0-2 down and reduced to ten men after Terrell Forbes was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle.

There was less than fifteen minutes to go when on-loan Tottenham winger Paul Jose M’Poku took charge of the match, running the visitor’s defence ragged and helping to create several chances. He first of all won a penalty that Orient captain Ben Chorley converted and then provided an assist for forward Jonathan Tehoue’s last minute equaliser. In between goals from the home side the visitors were also reduced to ten men.

Chorley then saw red for his second yellow card of the night meaning that The O’s would start extra time with nine men but their superior fitness came through against their part-time opponents as M’Poku gave them the lead shortly after the restart. The fourth sending off of the evening then happened as Droylsden’s frustrations got the better of them.

With nine against nine, there were spaces all over the pitch for the East Londoners to exploit and they did with aplomb, Tehoue netting a hat trick and fellow striker Scott McGleish also bagging a treble.

An unpredictable winger that would constantly bring fans to their feet, 25-year-old M’Poku would go on to make 35 appearances during his time at Brisbane Road, scoring four goals. Though he never made the first team at Spurs, he has since gone on to forge a career in Europe, including spells in Belgium, Italy and Greece.

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient

Did anyone see Eric Lichaj’s superb volley in Nottingham Forest’s 4-2 win over Arsenal at the weekend? The USA international’s strike from outside the area was one of the best goals from the Third Round of The FA Cup and even earned him the present of a dog from his girlfriend!

The full back actually started his career in England at Aston Villa and it during a loan spell here with Orient where he scored his first professional goal.

He is remembered as a solid and dependable right sided defender from his time here in E10, with a penchant for getting forward as well as a bullet throw in and has gone on to establish himself as a first team regular for Forest since joining them in 2013.

The 29-year-old ended up playing nine games at Brisbane Road and helped Orient avoid relegation, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Stockport County in April 2010.

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