FA Cup - 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 non-league Southport.

PA Sport Report

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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