Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Leyton East

Armani Little’s brace earned Forest Green a place in the second round of the Carabao Cup as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient.

Little, a summer signing from Torquay, scored in each half to knock out League Two side Richie Wellens.

Earlier Forest Green came out battering but found O goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux in fine form as he denied Corey O’Keeffe with a solid gauntlet from Little’s pass.

Ian Burchnall’s side took the lead when Little brushed aside Kyle McAllister’s pass in the 17th minute.

Orient’s response saw Vigouroux’s counterpart Luke McGee keep the home side’s nose ahead while fending off the bubbly drive of Jayden Sweeney.

Wellens’ side were gaining footing – George Moncur making a fine save from McGee from the edge of the box.

In the dying embers of the first half, Moncur hit a shot against a post and Paul Smyth saw a goal-tying strike hit O’Keeffe’s head.

Rovers were nearly taken aback less than 10 seconds after restarting. Smyth kind of cut wide with just McGee to beat.

Rovers responded with Baily Cargill rushing down the right to find Little who saw his shot squirm under Vigouroux.

Orient tried to find a way back through replacement Theo Archibald, but the former Forest Green loanee drilled wide as Rovers booked their place.

Match report provided by PA Media.

Alignments

green forest

Training 3-5-2

  • 1McGee
  • 3BernardBooked at 6 mins
  • 5Casey
  • 6Cargill
  • 2O’KeeffeReplaced byJonesat 70′minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 8Hendry
  • tenLittle
  • 17McAllisterReplaced byRobertsonat 70′minutes
  • 28MarchReplaced bystevensonat 61′minutes
  • 29BrownReplaced byBunkerat 77′minutesBooked at 78 mins

Substitutes

  • sevenstevenson
  • 14Mast
  • 16Jones
  • 19Robertson
  • 24Thomas
  • 27Bunker
  • 44Bennet

Leyton East

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 22Vigoroux
  • 2jamesReplaced byWoodat 69′minutes
  • 6Thompson
  • 19Beckles
  • 24SweeneyBooked 5 mins away
  • 4Ogie
  • 14moncurBooked at 34 minsReplaced byPratleyat 57′minutes
  • 20GeorgiouReplaced byBrownat 69′minutes
  • 29Obiero
  • sevenSmythReplaced byArchibaldat 58′minutes
  • 9Black-smithReplaced byKelmanat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sargeant
  • 3Wood
  • 11Archibald
  • 12Brown
  • 18Pratley
  • 23Kelman
  • 26Fish
  • 30Tanga
  • 32Hunt

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Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Leyton East

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