28 years old Ireland forward makes honest admission as O’s banks a point against high-flying Barnsley after 1-1 draw…

Leyton Orient settled for a draw against high-performing League One counterparts Barnsley at Brisbane Road.

In the first half, Joe Pigott scored for the home team from a penalty, putting them in the lead. However, Barnsley equalized 20 minutes before the end when Herbie Kane found the net, resulting in a shared outcome.

The O’s lineup featured Jordan Graham, who replaced Ed Turns in the only change from their previous 1-0 victory against Carlisle.

Barnsley had an early goal-scoring opportunity when Mael De Geviney headed over from a free-kick by Kane. Pigott attempted an acrobatic shot after Dan Happe flicked the ball on but didn’t trouble Ben Killip in Barnsley’s goal. Pigott also met a free-kick from Theo Archibald on 10 minutes, but his header hit the stanchion behind Barnsley’s goal.

Ethan Galbraith’s shot was blocked, and Sol Brynn made an excellent save to deny Nicky Cadden after dropping Kane’s corner.

Leyton Orient was awarded a penalty in the 26th minute when a Barnsley defender was judged to have handled the ball in the box. Pigott successfully converted from the spot.

Brandon Cooper’s solid defensive work prevented Devante Cole from scoring, and Archibald required medical attention soon after. Cooper stopped Max Watters in stoppage time, and Pigott’s cross to Archibald was intercepted just before it could reach Galbraith.

Galbraith was denied by a brilliant save from Killip in the 55th minute. Pigott also saw another fine cross go to waste as Leyton Orient continued to press, while Cole had penalty claims rejected for Barnsley.

Happe headed wide from Archibald’s corner in the 62nd minute, and Pigott was substituted for Aaron Drinan, marking the first change of the day.

Barnsley quickly leveled the score as Kane scored from outside the box. Kane had another attempt deflected just wide only two minutes later.

Late in the match, Sam Cosgrove of Barnsley received a second yellow card and was sent off, reducing them to ten men. However, Jordan Brown missed an opportunity to score, and substitute Shaq Forde’s last-minute header was saved by Killip.

Leyton Orient lineup: Brynn, Happe, Brown, Pigott (Drinan 67), Sotiriou (Forde 88), Archibald, Cooper, El Mizouni, Galbraith (Moncur 88), Graham, Hunt. Unused subs: Howes, James, Sweeney, Turns.

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