McGleish uses his head as Orient keep on cup trail

Slade’s side force a replay and avoid a cup shock

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VETERAN striker Scott McGleish helped spare Orient’s blushes as he grabbed a 73rd-minute leveller to set up a replay with the Blue Square Bet North side at Brisbane Road next Tuesday.

In first round Russell Slade’s side needed a second game to overcome neighbours Dagenham & Redbridge after a draw at Victoria Road.

Now, the O’s will have to follow a similar route if they want to book a third round trip to Norwich early in the New Year.

A freezing night at the Butcher’s Arms Ground, had all the hallmarks of an FA Cup shock, especially when Ciaran Kilheeney gave the non-league side a deserved lead on 24 minutes, when he headed home Liam Brownhill’s free-kick.

But Slade’s side are made of sterner stuff these days and with just one defeat in their last 10 games the visitors found their form in the second half and 17 minutes from time parity was restored.

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Dean Cox caused problems down the right and his cross found McGeish at the far post and the striker sent a header from a tight angle cannoning off the post and into the net via home keeper Paul Phillips.

Orient: J Brown, Forbes, Chorley, A Brown, Daniels, Cox, Spring, Smith, Mpoku (Dawson 84 mins), Revell (Tehoue 57 mins), McGleish. Subs: Butcher, Cestor, Millwood, Benjamin, Tehoue, Walker.

Attendance: 1,762