The young Urchins exited the FA Youth Cup at the hands of Leyton Orient but played their part in an entertaining game. The O’s controlled much of the first half but found Calder, the Hornchurch stopper, in excellent form as he made a string of superb saves, including a 6th minute penalty, to keep Orient at bay.
Singh went close for the visitors but the best chance of the half for Hornchurch fell to Junior Quirtina whose 44th minute strike was superbly saved by Janata in the O’s goal.
The second period followed much the same pattern but the O’s were clinical in their finishing. The opening goal came 2 minutes into the half after Calder parried a rasping drive and Dalby was on hand to tuck away the rebound. Kyprianou doubled the advantage 5 minutes later but Quirtina almost pulled a goal back when his goalbound effort was superbly saved by Janata. Dalby then added his second, and Orient’s third on 68 before Perkins headed in their fourth on 76 to complete the scoring. Arnold and Brown both had efforts in the final few minutes for the Urchins but were unable to reduce the deficit.
Congratulations to the Academy side on what has been a great run of FA Youth Cup performances.
ORIENT: Arthur Janata, Andrew Camilo-Tayaca, Toby Stevenson, Teddy Perkins, Alfie Fleming, Ernold Haxhiu (Luca Carter-Henry 79), Eric Lopes, Hector Kyprianou, Charles Clayden, Ruel Sotiriou (Jaedon Phillips 79), Sam Dalby
SUBS: Samuel Amedu, William Sanders, Brendon Shabani
GOALS: Dalby (47 & 68), Kyprianou (52), Perkins (76)
BOOKED: Clayden (27), Kyprianou (88)
AFC HORNCHURCH: Callum Calder, Tyrone Baker (Dale Ashman 45), Shadrach Ogie, Charlie Arnold, Jake Jolliffe, Courtney Justin (Jahvlen Martin 69), Dylan Singh, Sam Brown, Johnny Knight (Toby Barlow 63), Michael Gyasi, Armando Quitirna
SUBS: Harry Lambert, Joe Strange
BOOKED: Baker (11), Gyasi (21)