Leyton Orient fell to a 3-0 defeat against League One side AFC Wimbledon in their second group game of the 2019/20 Leasing.com Trophy.

Joe Pigott’s early penalty handed the hosts the lead, and second half goals from Michael Folivi and Callum Reilly either side of Dale Gorman’s missed penalty for Orient sealed a first win of the tournament for the home side.

Orient rotated the side heavily from the 1-0 win away at Northampton Town on Saturday, with Dan Happe and Gorman the only two to start both games. James Dayton made his first start since returning from injury and captained the side in the absence of Josh Coulson, who began on the bench.

Wimbledon opened the scoring with only three minutes on the clock when Shadrach Ogie was adjudged to have fouled Scott Wagstaff in the area, and Pigott tucked his penalty past Sam Sargeant.

Almost straight away, Orient forced two good opportunities to gain a leveller. Louis Dennis’ close-range effort bounced back off the underside of the crossbar, and the striker’s mis-hit volley shortly after trickled harmlessly wide of Nathan Trott’s post.

Jordan Maguire-Drew then nearly went one better than Dennis with a curling free-kick, but the effort landed just the wrong side of the woodwork, and James Alabi then saw his goal-bound header cleared off the line.

The hosts created further chances of their own after surviving a good period of pressure from Orient. Marvin Ekpiteta took the sting out of a Pigott effort, allowing Sargeant to gather, and the O’s keeper then produced a brilliant double save to keep out both Mitchell Pinnock and Folivi.

A defensive change at the break from Orient saw Ekpiteta make way for teenager Jayden Sweeney, but the change didn’t have the desired effect as Wimbledon doubled their lead just four minutes into the half.

Folivi fired an effort towards Sargeant which the keeper palmed away, but it went straight back into danger and the Watford loanee was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Orient needed a creative spark, and a double change from Ross Embleton on the hour provided that with the introduction of James Brophy in place of Dayton, while Coulson replaced Ogie to provide some more defensive experience for the final half an hour.

The creative change had an effect as, with 18 minutes left to play, Orient won a penalty of their own, giving them a chance to get back into the game.

Gorman stepped up, but his powerful effort was well kept out by Trott, on loan from West Ham United, to preserve the two-goal advantage for Wimbledon.

That was an advantage that they soon extended, as Reilly picked his spot from the edge of the area, firing into the bottom corner to round off the game.

Orient had a few final opportunities as Myles Judd’s header was well kept out and Dennis’ easy header was ruled out for offside, but any reward would have purely been a consolation, leaving everything to play for in the final group game against Brighton & Hove Albion under-21s next month.

Next up for Orient is a return to League Two action as they play host to mid-table Walsall at the Breyer Group Stadium this Saturday at 3.00pm.