O's on song to sink Rovers

Goals from Charlie MacDonald and Martin Rowlands saw Leyton Orient beat League One leaders Tranmere 2-1 at Brisbane Road.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 19:18

Charlie MacDonald: Off the mark for Orient

Charlie MacDonald: Off the mark for Orient

Having signed for Orient a month ago from MK Dons, MacDonald opened his account for the east Londoners at the seven attempt with a typical predatory striker's goal.

Dean Cox sent in a free-kick from the left and MacDonald's header from point-blank range was parried by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams but the 31-year-old nodded the rebound into the net.

Rowlands had the chance to double the lead six minutes later but saw his 15th-minute penalty well-struck saved after Cox had been fouled by Ash Taylor.

However, the midfielder made amends after 67 minutes. He pounced on a clearance 25 yards from goal and struck a dipping, left-foot volley to the left of Williams that gave the keeper no chance.

Tranmere gave themselves a lifeline when substitute Michael O'Halloran arrived at the far post after 75 minutes to sweep in a cross from Danny Holmes but the home side were good value for their victory.

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