For Swansea, the team that I was currently “following” through the Rounds of this season’s FA Cup, it appeared that they had been given another kind draw. After dealing with Colchester in Round 3, they had another home tie against a League 1 side in Leyton Orient.
In my previous “Road to Wembley” post I made the prediction that Swansea should cruise through this game as they were challenging for promotion to the Premiership while Leyton Orient were floating dangerously close to a relegation battle in League 1. Also, for reasons beyond me this game was a 12:30 KO, but not on TV to my knowledge? In the end, this game should have been as Orient ripped up the form book and produced the first shock of the day as they beat the Swans 2-1. Orient took the lead when Jimmy Smith beat ex-Hibee goalie Ma-Kalambay (or Ma-Calamity as we called him) to a freekick. When Cedric van der Gun fired home on the stroke of HT, you felt that Swansea would recover from the early set-back but an inspired performance from Orient goalie Jamie Jones kept them in it and with just 2 minutes to play a low cross from Paul-Jose M’Poku was diverted into his own net by Swans captain Alan Tate and Orient were through to Round 5!
The reward for Orient was a home game against Premiership high-flyers Arsenal in Round 5. An excellent draw for them and a full house should be there at Brisbane Road for this rarely seen London derby. Will Orient be worried? Just look at Jonathan Téhoué. No they won’t.
ROAD TO WEMBLEY 2010/2011:
4TH Round: Swansea City 1-2 Leyton Orient (Liberty Stadium, Att: 6,281)