With qualification a certainty before kick-off, Orient manager Ross Embleton made six changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Newport County in the FA Cup last the weekend. Youngsters, Jordan Thomas and Jayden Sweeney, came into the side in the full-back positions, with Louis Dennis leading the line up top.
Charlton started the game the stronger side and were ahead after just 12 minutes. Albie Morgan found himself in a good position down the left flank and played the ball across the box to Wassim Aouacharia, who couldn’t miss to put the Addicks 1-0 up.
The O’s would look better after going behind, James Dayton and Louis Dennis linked-up well, only for Dennis to see his effort saved by Charlton keeper, Ashley Maynard-Brewer.
The pair would find themselves combining again a few minutes later when Dennis this time found Dayton, but good defensive work from Jason Pearce saw Dayton’s cross blocked.
Orient would have felt hard done by to go into half time losing, and they very nearly levelled up just before the break. Hector Kyprianou nearly topped off a good half with an assist for Dennis, however, he couldn’t finish the Cypriot’s cross.
Following the restart there were chances at either end, but it was Charlton that would double their lead in the 64th minute. Jay Mingi came off the bench to head home a Marcus Maddison free kick at the back post to put The Addicks in total control.
Orient, however, would bounce right back. Dayton found Dennis again, who finished well in to the bottom left-hand corner, pulling one back for the O’s with his second of the season, just two minutes after going two behind.
Lee Bowyer’s side would get their third on the 75-minute mark, Maddison this time the scorer, breaking past the back line and firing home to assure Charlton the win.
First Place Secured
Despite the loss, the O’s still progress to the next round of the cup with the guarantee of a home time after finishing top of their group.
Orient will next face Colchester United on Saturday in a League Two match-up at the Colchester Community Stadium.