GREEN NETS LATE WINNER AT LEYTON ORIENT
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient 1 - 2 Mansfield Town
Kelly 73. M.Rose 68, Green 89. Green missed pen 22
Attendance: 3996 (217 from Mansfield)
Date: 27 August 2016
Martin Shaw at The Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road
Mansfield Town produced a stunning victory, winning 2-1 at Leyton Orient this afternoon with a goal from Matt Green after 89 minutes. Brisbane Road has never been a happy hunting ground for the Stags with only 3 wins in 24 attempts before today. The winner for Green was a personal triumph after his horror at missing a penalty in the first half. He told me afterwards that he needed that because there is no excuse for missing a penalty and he owed it to the team. The late win typified the spirit of this Mansfield side, keeping going right to the end, for a second late win away from home in 3 games, added to the extraordinary win over Yeovil with ten men for 93 minutes. Full credit to Adam Murray and his management team and the entire squad for a great unity. Green missed his penalty in the first half, blazing over the bar. One other great chance for each side in the first half as Ollie Palmer blasted over the bar, and Kevan Hurst brought a tremendous save from keeper Cisak with an excellent shot from outside the box. The Stags finally took the lead after 68 minutes when Mitch Rose fired home from a tight angle 3 yards out, after Green got a little flick onto a fine Hurst cross from the left. Mitch Rose and Green are fighting it out at the top of the Stags leading goalscorers list with 3 goals each. The lead only lasted 5 minutes though as Liam Kelly side-footed in a great shot from 20 yards. It looked like the Stags would have to settle for a point, which would have been a good result in itself, but the Stags kept going and Green fired home from 7 yards after Mitch Rose chested down a Mal Benning cross to him, to send the players, manager, and supporters into raptures. A fitting end to a week in which Mansfield turned down a bid from Bradford City for Green and then had to deal with some skulduggery from Orient over Green, but the Stags had the last laugh.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Match report: Leyton Orient 1 Mansfield Town 2
chad.co.uk report by (Agency) Sports Reporter, Saturday 27 August 2016
Matt Green’s 89th-minute goal gave Mansfield Town a 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient in League Two.
Mitchell Rose put the visitors ahead after the break, but Liam Kelly levelled before the late drama in east London.
Orient made the first chance as Sandro Semedo’s cross fell perfectly for Ollie Palmer, but the former Stags ace lashed over from eight yards.
It was a missed opportunity for the Brisbane Road outfit and the visitors should have made them pay in the 22nd minute.
O’s defender Yvan Erichot bundled Krystian Pearce to the floor inside the box and referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the spot.
After a stuttering run-up and lengthy wait, Green fired the penalty over the crossbar and it remained goalless.
Kevan Hurst called Alex Cisak into action less than 60 seconds later, but the Australian was able to parry over the crossbar.
Orient briefly rallied with Semedo shooting wide from 25-yards before Mansfield’s Kyle Howkins volleyed over from close range just before half time.
Both teams began the second period slowly, although the Stags forced Cisak into another save in the 59th minute when Pearce won a header at the back post.
They missed that chance but nine minutes later they did take the lead after some poor defending by the hosts.
Hurst swung the ball in and it didn’t come for Green, but it fell for Rose at the back post and he smashed into the net.
Stags lead only lasted five minutes, though, as Orient equalised in emphatic fashion through Kelly.
Nigel Atangana found substitute Jordan Bowery, he held the ball up and passed to Kelly on the edge and he slotted into the corner.
It seemed like it would finish level in east London, but Mansfield had the last laugh as Green fired through Cisak’s legs to take the points.
Leyton Orient (4-2-3-1): Cisak 7, Hunt 6, Erichot 5, Parkes 7, Semedo 5, Kelly 7, Atangana 7, Cornick 6 (Bowery 62 7), Cox 7, Massey 7, Palmer 5 (McCallum 62 6). Subs not used: Sargeant, Kennedy, Weir, Pollock, Koroma.
Mansfield Town (4-1-3-2): Jensen 5, Bennett 6, Howkins 6, Pearce 8, Benning 7, Collins 6, Rose 7, Chapman 6 (Maguire 80 6), Hurst 7 (Baxendale 60 6), Henderson 6 (Hamilton 50 6), Green 8. Subs not used: Shearer, Taft, Hoban, Hemmings.
No home comforts for Leyton Orient against Mansfield Town as Matt Green gives Stags the League Two victory
The Docklands and East London Advertiser, by George Sessions
Leyton Orient suffered their third defeat of the season at Brisbane Road as Mansfield Town’s Matt Green hit a 89th minute winner.
Andy Hessenthaler’s team had seen the Stags forward miss a penalty kick in the first half as it was goalless at the break.
But after both teams traded goals in a five minute second half spell, it was the visitors who earned the victory in League Two with late drama in east London.
Hessenthaler made one change from the team that defeated Grimsby Town 2-1 last weekend.
Ollie Palmer, fresh from scoring at Blundell Park on Saturday, returned to the starting XI in place of Jordan Bowery.
Paul McCallum was back on the bench after missing out completely at the Mariners, but there was no Jay Simpson again or Sean Clohessy.
Mansfield handed a full debut to Darius Henderson, formerly of the O’s, up front and he partnered Green.
Green is rumoured to be a target of the east Londoners, but despite speculation he was included from the off by Stags boss Adam Murray.
Sandro Semedo had the first shot of the match when Dean Cox picked him out from a corner, but his own team-mate Tom Parkes blocked his effort.
Orient didn’t make the best of starts, however, by giving away free kicks in dangerous positions in the opening 10 minutes.
Fortunately neither come to much and soon after Palmer headed over against his old club following Harry Cornick’s cross.
The ex-Mansfield man was involved again five minutes later and should have at least tested former Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen.
Semedo crossed into the box and the ball dropped perfectly for Palmer, but he lashed over from eight-yards.
It was a bright moment for Hessenthaler’s team, although they had looked shaky at the back against the Stags.
That was evident in the 21st minute when they failed to defend a corner and gave away a spot-kick.
Krystian Pearce did well to control on the edge of the box and wriggled away from Erichot before the French defender bundled his opponent to the ground.
Referee Kevin Johnson was left with no choice but to award a penalty to the visitors in the 21st minute.
Green stepped up to take it and after waiting a while, fired over the crossbar much to the delight of the home fans.
It was a poor miss and occurred after the forward had taken a stuttering run-out, which clearly didn’t help.
Mansfield continued to take control of the match and Kevan Hurst tested Cisak less than 60 seconds after and the Australian tipped over for a corner.
Orient wanted a penalty of their own with half an hour gone after Palmer tangled with Pearce.
Nothing was given by referee Johnson and after Palmer remonstrated with the linesman, he was shown a yellow card.
Orient’s forward was growing more and more frustrated after another appeal was turned down and he was given a warning.
With the half drawing to a close, Hessenthaler’s men began to focus more and create opportunities.
Semedo cut inside and tried his luck in the 37th minute, but his right-footer failed to test Jensen.
Cornick then produced wonderful footwork on the right and got to the byline, however he could only fizz straight at Cox and his header went over.
Stags ended the first period strongly, however, and nearly opened the scoring in the only minute of additional time.
Hurst’s corner was met by Pearce and Kyle Howkins volleyed towards goal, but it flew over the crossbar to ensure it was level at the break.
Some O’s supporters were happy five minutes into the second half as Henderson was replaced by Chris Hamilton.
The hosts created a decent chance moments later as Cox’s corner was met by Parkes, but he headed wide.
Mansfield made the next opportunity just before the hour mark and Cisak was called into action.
Hurst swung his corner to the back post and Pearce headed goalwards where Orient’s custodian parried and it remained goalless.
O’s manager had seen enough and introduced McCallum and Bowery in the 62nd minute with Palmer and Cornick making way.
It was now a flat 4-4-2 with Cox on the left, Massey on his usual right and the two substitutes up front.
Straight away Orient looked brighter and sharper, but against the run of play Mansfield took the lead in the 68th minute.
Hurst’s long ball to the back post missed Green, but Semedo allowed it to run for Mitchell Rose and he fired into the corner.
But it only took the hosts five minutes to respond and it was a wonderful move involving one of the substitutes.
Massey, Nicky Huny and Atagana combined before finding Bowery and he passed into Kelly, who drilled into the corner.
It was end-to-end now as both teams searched for a winner, but unfortunately it was the visitors who took the points.
Again it was more poor defending as the ball dropped perfectly for Green inside the box and he drilled through Cisak’s legs with less than a minute of normal time remaining.
Four minutes of additional time was added on and although McCallum nearly converted Bowery’s cross, it was the Stags who took the points.
Orient’s home woes continue as they’ve lost three of their four games at Brisbane Road this season.
Leyton Orient: Cisak; Hunt, Erichot, Parkes, Semedo; Kelly, Atangana; Cornick (Bowery 62), Cox, Massey; Palmer (McCallum 62).
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Kennedy, Weir, Pollock, Koroma.
Mansfield Town: Jenson; Bennett, Howkins, Pearce, Benning; Collins; Rose, Chapman (Maguire 80), Hurst (Baxendale 80); Henderson (Hamilton 50), Green.
Unused substitutes: Shearer, Taft, Hoban, Hemmings.
Attendance: 3,996 (217 Mansfield Town supporters).
Leyton Orient player ratings: Liam Kelly leads by example during Mansfield Town reverse
The Docklands and East London Advertiser, by George Sessions
George Sessions provides player ratings following the 2-1 loss to Mansfield Town at Brisbane Road
Although Liam Kelly got them back on level terms in the 73rd minute, goals from Mitchell Rose and Matt Green gave the Stags the three points.
Alex Cisak (7) - Orient’s goalkeeper did well whenever he was called upon and was good with both his hands and feet.
Nicky Hunt (6) - Played his part in equaliser and defended strongly throughout at Brisbane Road.
Yvan Erichot (5) - Endured a terrible first half, gave away penalty and looked all over the place before losing Green for the winner.
Tom Parkes (7) - Confident throughout and dealt with Henderson easily, another encouraging display.
Sandro Semedo (5) - Too many tricks in Orient half and gave away some needless fould before losing his man for Mansfield’s opener and allowing Rose too much time to chest down for Green.
Liam Kelly (7) - Another strong performance by the stand-in skipper, battled well and showed great composure to score his second for the club.
Nigel Atangana (7) - Lots of nice touches from French midfielder and drove team on when required.
Harry Cornick (6) - Wasn’t able to get on the ball enough, although when he did he looked bright.
Dean Cox (7) - Couldn’t get on the ball enough in first half, but looked better after the break and put in some wonderful deliveries.
Gavin Massey (7) - Better from the wide man as he was always trying to put Stags on back foot and played part in equaliser
Ollie Palmer (5) - Frustrating afternoon for the ex-Mansfield striker, missed great early chance and lost his head slightly after not being awarded penalty
Paul McCallum, for Palmer 62. (6) - Close to getting on end of a cross late on and was presence up front.
Jordan Bowery, for Cornick 62. (7) - Lovely close control for the equaliser and kept hold of the ball well.
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