Tigers’ Radio commentator Ryan Butler gives his view on City’s historic First Round game against Leyton Orient.\n\n23 years and a postponement later Gloucester City kicked off a FA Cup 1st Round tie, welcoming League One side Leyton Orient to Whaddon Road. A game highly anticipated and rightly hyped up for a local point of view was met with the roar of 1,200 Tigers fans that packed the standing end almost reminiscent to the old days at Meadow Park.\n \nOn a personal level it was a delight to see so many watching City after over a year working for Tigers Radio. The players could have been forgiven to think they were entering the proverbial “Theatre of Dreams.”\n \nGloucester came out of the blocks, attacking their full time opponents with a ferocious swagger that Boris would have encouraged prior to kick off. Within the first 3 minutes of the game City had amassed four corners, four corners which looked dangerous and culminated in Tom Hamblin’s header down being hooked towards goal by Darren Edwards only to be hooked off the line by Orient’s Jimmy Smith. \n\nThe next onslaught on the Orient goal saw mazy runs from first Jack Harris whose shot was dragged wide of the target and then more menacingly from Jordan Goddard who skipped passed a number of Orient defenders before going down sending the City faithful into raptures. The referee showed no interest and the intensity rose. The full time away side shook off the early pressure and slowly came back into the game. \n\nLeyton Orient’s first real opportunity came from the small stature of Dean Cox, who picked the ball up on the end of the D turned and fire a shot just wide of Mike Green’s right hand post. Further chances from Brunt which saw Green sprawling across goal as the ball hit the post. Green kept the scoreline at half time 0-0 with two great saves. First, with a great left hand save diving low and turned a Ryan Brunt shot round the post. Then after David Mooney attempted a sumptuous chip he again got a good firm hand to turn it away and keep the deadlock in tact. \n\nAfter the interval the second half started slow with substitutions taking up most of the opening quarter of an hour. Harding and Goddard made way for City and on came Morford and Davies. For Orient they had the luxury to bring on experienced players in Kevin Lisbie and Leon McSweeney. The main talking point of note in the opening exchanges of the second period saw Lewis Hogg meet the air of inevitability by getting himself booked for a lunge in the middle of the park. Martin Rowlands came on with minutes to go to just bolster the Football League experience that Orient had to offer. \n\n87 minutes and a breakthrough came. After great work from McSweeney to retrieve the ball on the right he whipped a ball in which was met by the head of David Mooney. Then within 60 seconds Orient had doubled the lead and all but ended City’s cup run for the year after a mistake from the kick off saw Dean Cox nip in and run through to slot the ball passed City man of the match Mike Green,\n \nAll in all it was a night to remember, even though the result didn’t go their way it was an occasion to savour for those who witnessed a performance which I thought was full of heart and pride which cannot be scoffed at. Leyton Orient arguably showed just that little bit of quality and clinical finishing which ultimately sees them go on to play Alfreton Town next month. Gloucester will be hoping they can take the level of performance from the game through to the upcoming league match with Chester City which will undoubtedly be a difficult and fast paced encounter.\nHowever, the City fans who played their part in the cup tie will have positives to take from the game and will always be proud to follow their side home and away.\n \nGloucester City\n\nGreen, Green (Tilson 89), Couple, Hamblin, Holland,Harris, Webb, Hogg, Goddard (Davies 60), Edwards, Harding (Morford 54)\n\nSubs Not Used: Liddiard, Rawlings, Mustoe, Mann\n \nBooked: Hogg\n \nLeyton Orient:\n\nAllsop, Sawyer, Baudry, Cox, Griffith, Smith (Rowlands 86), Clarke, Odubajo (McSweeney 57), James, Brunt (Lisbie 61), Mooney\n\nScorers: Mooney (87), Cox (88)\n\nAtt: 1381 (163 away)
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