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Moses Odubajo's goal for Leyton Orient was enough to beat a spirited Barnet 1-0 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy
8:53pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Sport
Barnet were dumped out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the second round as they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by League One outfit Leyton Orient.
The Bees were equal to their football league superiors for much of the match but a first half goal from Moses Odubajo was enough to see Orient through to the quarter-finals.
Manager Mark Robson named an unchanged side from the team that drew 2-2 at Southend on Saturday and Barnet held their own in the opening period with neither side stamping their authority on proceedings early on.
The Bees had the first chance of the match just after the quarter-hour mark when Jamal Lowe was fouled just outside the penalty area but the free-kick from Jake Hyde was spooned over.
Orient were sluggish with the best of their early opportunities falling to Lloyd Jones after Jimmy Smith's cross was half-cleared but Jones blazed his shot high.
The O's grew into the game though and David Mooney came close with an acrobatic effort in the box, but his shot fired narrowly wide.
In the 24th minute the home side took the lead. Smith played a neat ball round the corner to Dean Cox whose low cross bypassed the Barnet defence, falling to Moses Odubajo at the back post who calmly slotted home.
Settled by the goal, Orient began to dictate the tempo and the home side thought they had extended their lead just after half an hour when Michael Symes flicked the ball on to Mooney who touched and volleyed into the net before being ruled offside.
Barnet came close when Mark Byrne's free-kick was given the feintest of touches by Clovis Kamdjo but goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was equal to it.
Winger Ricky Holmes looked sharpest for the Bees down the left, delivering a series of threatening crosses but the Bees attack failed to connect.
The second half began with Barnet on the attack and Lowe tested Allsop with a left footed drive from inside the box but the keeper got well behind it.
Minutes later Orient could have wrapped the game up when a loose touch by Mooney fell perfectly into the path of Smith inside the area but the midfielder shot over.
Barnet enjoyed a promising spell midway through the second period and nearly equalised when Hyde nipped in on a defensive header but Allsop did enough to divert the shot behind.
The Bees continued to match Orient in most areas of the pitch but were unable to show the cutting edge required up front to find the breakthrough.
Orient could have sealed the win with 20 minutes to go when Obafemi's cross spilled out to Afolabi Obafemi but his shot was blocked.
Robson changed to 4-3-3 with fifteen minutes remaining, bringing on Jon Nurse for Barry Fuller and pushing Holmes into attack.
A last minute corner saw goalkeeper Graham Stack venture into Orient's box but Orient held firm to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Barnet turn their attention back to the league on Saturday when they take on Plymouth at home.
Barnet:- Graham Stack, Barry Fuller (c) (Nurse, 82), Jordan Brown (Saville, 90), Krystian Pearce, Dave Stephens, Andy Yiadom, Ricky Holmes, Clovis Kamdjo, Mark Byrne, Jake Hyde, Jamal Lowe (Edgar, 75)
Subs:- Sam Cowler, Jack Saville, Jon Nurse, Anthony Edgar, John Oster
Leyton Orient:- Ryan Allsop, Gary Sawyer, Mathieu Baudry, Dean Cox (McSweeney, 66), Anthony Griffith, Michael Symes, Jimmy Smith, Nathan Clarke, Moses Odubajo, Lloyd James (Laird, 82), David Mooney (Obafemi, 66)
Subs:- Leon McSweeney, Marc Laird, Afolabi Obafemi, Harry Lee, De'Reece Vanderhyde
Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 1,404 (Barnet: 209)