Stags Pay The Early Penalty

Leyton Orient 1-0 Mansfield Town (EFL League Two) 13.08.22

Mansfield Town were beaten in London by a single second half goal as the Stags leave back north disappointed after missing an early penalty and a number of chances at Brisbane Road.

Things couldn’t have started much better for the away side with an early penalty conceded in the second minute, but Stephen McLaughlin had his spot kick well saved by Vigouroux in the O’s goal.

American born Charlie Kelman, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, a constant danger at the other end had his shot blocked on eight before Rhys Oates pinched possession on 15 to square to Will Swan but the goalkeeper raced out to sniffle the danger.

Swan had a header on goal on 28 from a Hartigan free kick which was comfortably saved by Vigouroux before Oates swivelled and shot following good work by Hewitt on 38, only to be denied by the man between the sticks in fine form.

Vigouroux again saving from Oates three minutes before half time, the home side lucky to be in at the break scoreless.

The second half started in similar fashion as Gordon’s teasing cross was headed behind, but the hosts played their way back into the contest, Pym denying Moncur on the break before an opener and a first of the season for 20-year-old striker Kelman.

The chances continued to come for Mansfield as Ollie Clarke forced this time a comfortable save by Vigouroux following a left footed strike on 69, McLaughlin then sent a free kick narrowly wide on 83, the Stags unable to find a breakthrough in the later stages and lose a second away league game of the campaign, Mansfield now 17th in the table with three points from three games played.

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James (Thompson 84), Happe, Smyth (Brown 74), Archibald, Moncur (Sotiriou 77), El Mizouni, Pratley, Beckles, Kelman (Smith 84), Hunt.

Mansfield Town:: Pym, Gordon (Perch 85), O’Toole, Harbottle, Hewitt, McLaughlin, Boateng (Lapslie 45), Hartigan (Maris 65), Quinn (Clarke 65), Oates, Swan (Gale 85)

Venue: Brisbane Road (6,328)

*Main image @mansfieldtownfc a tough day in hot conditions see the Stags leave London with nothing.

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