O's too strong for Southport

Shaun Batt's double helped secure a comfortable 5-2 FA Cup first-round success for Leyton Orient as they disposed of Southport.

Last Updated: 09/11/13 at 18:44

Shaun Batt: Scored a brace

Shaun Batt: Scored a brace

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David Mooney, Lloyd James and Dean Cox also got in the act for the League One leaders while Luke George and Matty Flynn registered for the visitors.

A dramatic opening 15 minutes left the home side with a two-goal lead and their opponents with two enforced substitutions.

Batt netted the opener after just three minutes and it was soon two-nil as Mooney netted his 12th goal of the season.

The Sandgrounders' problems mounted when goalkeeper Danny Hurst and Matthew Brown were injured in a collision and were both substituted.

But the visitors were given a boost when George touched the ball home from close range after a Jamie Milligan effort had been missed by debutant O's 'keeper Jake Larkins and rebounded off a post.

By half-time both teams had been forced into another substitution and on the stroke of half-time Orient replacement James sublimely turned a cross past David Stevenson to record his first goal for the club.

Batt added his second when netting from point-blank range after 56 minutes before being substituted on the hour.

Replacement Cox soon made a telling impression as he rifled home from 25 yards before Flynn reduced the deficit for Southport with a consolation goal late on.

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