League One - 2nd Leg
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Leyton Orient 2-1 Peterborough (agg 3-2)

By Rob StevensBBC Sport at Matchroom Stadium
Kevin Lisbie

Leyton Orient are through to the League One play-off final after a narrow 2-1 victory over Peterborough.

Dean Cox gave Orient the lead on the hour mark and Chris Dagnall seemed to have secured the win, collecting Shaun Batt's pull-back and stabbing home.

Conor Washington scored in stoppage time to ensure a nervy finale.

But the O's held on to progress 3-2 on aggregate and earn a final place against either Preston or Rotherham at Wembley on 25 May.

Victory in that game would earn Russell Slade's side a place in the second tier for the first time since 1981-82.

Peterborough, though, are condemned to a second season in League One after their relegation from the Championship last term.

Darren Ferguson's side controlled the midfield early on but were unable to create any clear-cut chances. Their best first-half moment came when Britt Assombalonga collected a flick from Nicky Ajose and sent an angled shot over the bar.

Orient finished the half stronger, with Lloyd James's long-range shot forcing Robert Olejnik to palm the ball behind. The Peterborough goalkeeper then dropped a cross but Orient striker David Mooney could only drag his shot across goal.

The visitors started the second period on the front foot and Ajose released Danny Swanson with a clever through ball. However, the midfielder wasted the opening, snatching at his shot and screwing it wide with Assombalonga lurking in the middle.

Posh right-back Mark Little then grazed the outside of a post with a low cross-cum-shot.

Orient then took the lead after being awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box when Nathaniel Knight-Percival hauled down Kevin Lisbie.

Dean Cox's effort was blocked but the winger collected the rebound and volleyed into the bottom left-hand corner for his 16th goal of the season.

Substitute Shaun Batt then had a glorious chance to extend the lead but, after being found by Mooney, sent his shot straight at Olejnik.

Peterborough piled forward in search of an equaliser but showed little cutting edge and, with two minutes remaining, Orient broke away to double their lead.

Batt was released down the right and found fellow substitute Dagnall with his cut-back. The forward had time to control the ball and enough composure to guide a finish into the net to make it 2-0.

The goal sparked jubilant scenes at the Matchroom Stadium but stoppage time proved tense for supporters of the east London side as Peterborough pulled a goal back through Washington.

Even Olejnik came forward for a couple of late set-pieces but the visitors, who had won promotion in their previous three play-off campaigns, were unable to trouble Orient keeper Jamie Jones.

The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion and Orient will find out their Wembley opponents on Thursday, when Preston face Rotherham.


Leyton Orient

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jones
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 2Omozusi
  • 4Vincelot
  • 6Baudry
  • 15Clarke
  • 11OdubajoBooked at 82mins
  • 8James
  • 10Mooney
  • 9LisbieSubstituted forBattat 69'minutes
  • 7CoxSubstituted forDagnallat 73'minutes


  • 3Sawyer
  • 12Larkins
  • 14Batt
  • 21Bartley
  • 23Dagnall
  • 24Lundstram
  • 25Simpson


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Little
  • 2Alcock
  • 6Bostwick
  • 5Baldwin
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMcCannat 80'minutes
  • 7SwansonSubstituted forWashingtonat 75'minutes
  • 8PayneSubstituted forIsgroveat 75'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 21Ajose
  • 14Rowe


  • 3Ntlhe
  • 4Brisley
  • 11McCann
  • 13Day
  • 24Washington
  • 36McQuoid
  • 37Isgrove
Mick Russell

Match Stats

Home TeamLeyton OrientAway TeamPeterborough
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leyton Orient 2, Peterborough United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 2, Peterborough United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Alcock (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Grant McCann with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Mooney.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Grant McCann following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Lloyd Isgrove (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Leyton Orient 2, Peterborough United 1. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Leyton Orient. Lloyd James tries a through ball, but David Mooney is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  13. Post update

    Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Leyton Orient 2, Peterborough United 0. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Batt.

  16. Post update

    Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient).

  18. Post update

    Offside, Peterborough United. Craig Alcock tries a through ball, but Nicky Ajose is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Mark Little (Peterborough United) because of an injury.