Harry Cornick’s star display is cherry on top for Leyton Orient as AFC Bournemouth loanee shines in English Football League Trophy success

PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 August 2016

Sandro Semedo (right) celebrates his first goal for Leyton Orient with Harry Cornick (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Sandro Semedo (right) celebrates his first goal for Leyton Orient with Harry Cornick (pic: Simon O'Connor)

21-year-old was sensational at times against Stevenage and has now scored once and registered four assists in five games vs Boro in the last two years

Orient's Sandro Samedo fires home his first goal for the club against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor)Orient's Sandro Samedo fires home his first goal for the club against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor)

It is safe to say Stevenage will be sick of the sight of Leyton Orient loanee Harry Cornick after the winger tormented the Hertfordshire club again on Tuesday night.

The O’s first match in Southern Group G of the English Football League Trophy turned out to be a good occasion for the east Londoners as they delivered an excellent display.

Paul McCallum hit a brace, while Sandro Semedo scored his first goal for the club, but Cornick was the true star of the show in the 3-1 win.

Even before Boro were reduced to 10 men in the 13th minute after an elbow by Dean Wells, the loanee winger looked in form.

When he eventually come off in the 78th minute to a standing ovation from the 876 fans in attendance, he had registered two assists and was a whisker away from scoring a stunning solo effort of his own.

Cornick dribbled past three Stevenage players in the 40th minute and curled a shot just past the top corner from the edge of the box.

It didn’t go in for the 21-year-old, but Orient’s 3-1 victory kept up the Bournemouth youngster’s excellent record against Boro.

He has now faced Stevenage five times over the past two seasons and never been on the losing team, while he has one goal and four assists when up against the Hertfordshire outfit.

“I’ve got a good record against them, even back at Yeovil Town I had good games,” laughed Cornick.

Orient captain Robbie Weir (right) congratulates Paul McCallum after his first goal agaisnt Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor)Orient captain Robbie Weir (right) congratulates Paul McCallum after his first goal agaisnt Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor)

“It is a confidence-booster for me to get two assists. I want to keep helping the strikers score. If we get goals, we’ll win games and that’s the main thing for me.

“Stevenage’s goalkeeper (Jamie Jones) has made a few good saves, one has just whistled past the post.

“But I got two assists so I can’t really complain and we got the three points as well.”

Last year Orient would have just got a win in the English Football League Trophy, then named the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

This season the competition has been revamped and League One and Two clubs have been placed in groups of four rather than just take part in a knockout format.

Another key difference this year is the introduction of the Category One Academy sides – a total of 16 are involved and Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s are in O’s group.

They lost 2-0 at Southend United, which means Andy Hessenthaler’s team are top of the Group G table after the first matches.

Cornick acknowledged the format change was strange, but after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Mansfield Town in League Two – the victory came at just the right time for Orient.

He added: “We were determined to get the points against Stevenage. It is a weird system the EFL Trophy this season, with four teams in a group. You just have to take each match as it comes and try to win every one.”

The English Football League Trophy has received a lot of criticism this year and rightly so.

One of the reasons behind the change in format was to assist the development of English football’s best young players, but that was unfortunately ridiculed as Norwich City under-23s beat Peterborough United 6-1 with 28-year-old Tony Andreu, of France, hitting a treble.

But Orient’s match allowed Hessenthaler to try out a few things with Semedo pushed further forward from left-back to left midfield.

Cornick has operated that position on the left wing at times this season, but was back in his favoured role on Tuesday and relished it.

He said: “It’s good to learn different positions. I think I’m best on the right, that way I can get at defenders and put crosses into the box.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 20:55

League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1

Yesterday, 14:00

Lukasz Fabianski 7: Huge save to deny Raheem Sterling late on. Went right way and almost stopped Phil Foden’s goal.

Mon, 13:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton knows they’re not the finished article yet but is way more pleased with progress after their 2-0 victory over Stevenage.

Mon, 10:00

West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice believes they’re building something special as they nicked a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

League Two: Stevenage 0 Leyton Orient 2

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Premier League: West Ham United 1 Manchester City 1

Friday, October 23, 2020

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has revealed he spoke with former O’s striker and now Stevenage boss Alex Revell frequently during the original Covid-19 lockdown as they now go head-to-head this weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is feeling confident after two big wins to correct their slow start to the new Essex Senior League season.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start for the small and medium-sized companies. Let’s get businesses ready to take advantage of new opportunities...

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser