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Posted Sat 13 Aug 11 at 16:55 PM

Report: Leyton Orient 0 Tranmere 1

A wonder goal from David Buchanan on his Tranmere debut earned Rovers a 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient and made it two wins out of two in League 1 in 2011-12. The defender, who joined the Club in the summer, scored only his second goal in almost 250 senior appearances, brilliantly finding the top corner from 30 yards. The result meant Les Parry's side were just one of three sides in the division to have maximum points from their opening two fixtures. There were three changes to the side that started the Carling Cup defeat at Doncaster, with both full backs being replaced. Coming into the side were Dave Raven and Buchanan in place of Michael Kay and Zoumana Bakayogo while Enoch Showunmi made his first start of the season in attack instead of Mustafa Tiryaki. Youth team goalkeeper John Courtney was named among the subsitutes as regular back up to Owain Fon Williams, Andy Coughlin, was out injured. Former Rovers defender Ben Chorley started at centre back for Orient. After an early Orient attack ended with the ball going straight to Owain Fon Williams, Rovers' first foray forward of their own saw Showunmi miss the chance to play in Andy Robinson as he surged forward. Moments later Robbie Weir sent a shot well wide of the target after good work from Martin Devaney, the first attempt on goal from either side. Tranmere continued to attack, with Showunmi winning a corner before John Welsh's cross went too far for any of his team mates. Another corner was earned on 11 minutes when Charlie Daniels had to clear the ball from the path of Devaney, while at the other end a Daniels free kick was headed narrowly wide of Fon Williams' goal by Jimmy Smith. After appeals for handball and a penalty for Tranmere were turned down when McGurk's cross appeared to hit an Orient arm, Jamie Cureton brought a save out of Fon Williams at the other end. Smith headed straight at Fon Williams from another Daniels cross on 31 minutes, when either side of the Rovers keeper would have more than likely handed the home side the lead. On 32 minutes Adam McGurk was sent through one on one when Showunmi knocked down a cross field ball from Welsh and though his shot beat the keeper, the ball went narrowly wide of the target as Chorley raced back to try to clear. Six minutes later Alex Revell volleyed wide from Cureton's cross while Fon Williams dropped Daniels' corner soon after but he responded quickly to gather at the second attempt. A Dean Cox cross had to be turned behind by Mark McChrystal on 43 minutes and there was momentary concern among the Rovers fans when it looked like his clearance was bound for his own net. Cox brought a save out of Fon Williams with a long range effort on 47 minutes and five minutes later Orient broke quickly following a failed Rovers attack and after good work from Stephen Dawson Cox fired wide of goal. Tranmere responded moments later, with a throw in from David Buchanan finding Robinson and the attacking midfielder curled a long range effort just past the target with the keeper nowhere near the ball. The action swung back up the other end with Fon Williams saving twice in quick succession, first tipping Cureton's effort onto the post before keeping out a follow up attempt from Revell. On 57 minutes McGurk sent a long range effort well wide of the target while a cross from the former Aston Villa trainee was almost dropped at the feet of Showunmi by Lee Butcher. However, a couple of minutes later Rovers took the lead. The ball reached Buchanan on the left side of the Orient half and the defender, making his first start for Tranmere, superbly smashed a shot into the net from 30 yards giving Butcher little chance of a save. Another long range effort from Buchanan was diverted by Showunmi on 63 minutes and had to be cleared for a corner by Chorley as Tranmere gained confidence. Robinson was replaced by Joss Labadie on 74 minutes and Lucas Akins came on for Devaney six minutes later. On 87 minutes the Tranmere players were relieved to see Scott Cuthbert head over from close range from Daniels' free kick and a couple of minutes later another free kick in a dangerous position saw David Mooney's shot hit the wall. The home side piled the pressure on in the dying minutes, with Rovers having to defend a number of set pieces, but on each occasion the visitors held firm and did enough for a clean sheet and three points.  Leyton Orient: Butcher, Omozusi, Cuthbert, Chorley, Daniels, Spring (Mooney 64), Smith (Porter 79), Dawson, Cox, Revell, Cureton (Richardson 79). Substitutes not used: Forbes, Laird. Tranmere: Fon Williams, Raven, Goodison, McChrystal, Buchanan, Welsh, Weir, Robinson (Labadie 74), Devaney (Akins 80), Showunmi, McGurk. Substitutes not used: Courtney, Kay, Bakayogo. Referee: James Linington Yellow cards: McGurk (50), Spring (58), Goodison (88) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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