A late Lloyd James penalty a minute from time saw Orient finish pre season unbeaten. The ex Southampton scholar slotted home calmly after Kevin Lisbie was upended in the penalty area after Balint Bajner opened the scoring after 10 minutes for the visitors.
After recent new signings from Orient boss Russell Slade, the Orient manager started recent addition from Millwall, Shane Lowry at left back who looked comfortable throughout. Mooney and Dagnall started up front knowing that all of their performances were being assessed with strength in depth being key for the East London club this season. The first chance of game was for the home side after Dagnall was upended on the edge of the box but James saw his curling free kick clip the top of the bar with Dean Gergen helpless in the Ipswich goal. Ipswich heard the warning and responded instantly, after a long ball down the left channel, there was a mix up between Omosuzi, Baudry and Clarke leaving Jay Tabb with a one-on-one. Orient keeper Adam Legizins saved the initial effort but Ipwich debutant Bajner was left to slot home into the empty net.
After conceding first in their last game against QPR, the O’s continued on the same foot making the running looking for the equalizer. Shane Lowry was looking a threat down the left hand side whipping in a cross which the on rushing Pritchard miss kicked out of play. The first real chance came after 30 minutes where Romain Vincelot received a knock down, delightfully stepped the Ipswich defender but saw his shot saved by Gergen. Cameron Stewart saw his free kick on half time go narrowly wide for the visitors.
Half time saw Bajner make way for David McGoldrick along with home side bringing on Lisbie and McAnuff for Dagnall and Batt. McAnuff the recent addition from Reading nearly made an instant impact linking up with Lisbie but unfortunately the chance went begging. Substitutions was the name of the game in the second half with both managers trying out fringe players seeing whether they can put their name on the team sheet for next week’s opening fixtures. Mooney had a half chance after 65 minutes when Lisbie played him in but the Irish forward dragged his shot wide. McGoldrick was the main danger for Ipswich and caused Legizins to pull off a double save to prevent the Championship side going 2-0 up. The game was filtering out until a minute from time where Lisbie picked the ball up on the right flank, a mazy run from the Orient forward saw him enter the box before being fouled. James stepped up and slotted home to keep the home side unbeaten during pre season.
Russell Slade has been happy with the pre season games with the opposition providing different tests for the losing play off finalists. Orient played their best 45 minutes in the first half against QPR with the attacking talent looking very good. The defence has looked solid throughout pre season with only the mistake for the first goal vs Ipswich being a worry. Adam Legizins looked a constant performer today being quick off his line and being a good shot stopper but still looks a bit unsure on crosses. Hopefully this will come with confidence playing with a consistent back four. James and Vincelot impressed again finding positions and creating chances with them sure to start the opener vs Chesterfield next week. Mooney failed to impress, slowing down the game too much allowing opposition to get back in shape. With Slade signing 2 new strikers, competition for positions is high with the two recent additions needing a week or two to get fit it will be interesting to see what the forward line looks like next week. Starting 11 for next week: Legizins, Omusuzi, Clarke, Baudry, Lowry, Pritchard, James, Vincelot, Cox, Lisbie, Dagnall.
ORIENT: Legzdins; Omozusi, Baudry, Clarke (C), Lowry (Sawyer, 61); Pritchard (Cox, 66), James, Vincelot (Bartley, 66), Batt (McAnuff, HT); Dagnall (Lisbie, HT), Mooney (Simpson, 66)
GOALS: James (90)
IPSWICH: Gerken; Parr (Stewart, 39), Chambers (C), Berra, Mings; Hewitt, Hyam (Wordsworth, 73), Skuse (Bru, 81), Tabb (Henshall, 81); Bajner (McGoldrick, HT, Marriot, 87), Murphy (Nouble, 73)
GOALS: Bajner (10)