Stats and facts from the game
Orient made it three wins for the month as they leap-frogged a misfiring Carlisle side who continue to struggle to pick up points on their own patch.
Chris Chantler had the first effort of the day when he dragged his shot wide from 30 yards following good build up play from McGovern and Berrett.
But the visitors increased in confidence as they started to see more of the ball in the attacking third. Lisbie miscued a volley wide when he should have done better and Cook stabbed wide when he had time as he raced onto a through ball from Mooney.
Jon-Paul McGovern picked a good cross when he latched onto a wayward pass from James and Noble was frustrated to see his header drop easily for Allsop.
Orient started to control midfield and they deservedly grabbed the lead when Mooney rose highest to reach a delivery from Cox. His initial header was touched onto the post but he reacted first to tap the ball into an empty net.
Carlisle were back on level terms when Allsop misjudged a McGovern free kick from deep. The ball spun up off his fist and Peter Murphy did well to guide it into the back of the net from a very tight angle.
The joy lasted less then a minute as Orient pushed forward from the restart. Persistence from Lisbie and a goal line clearance from Edwards brought a corner and an almighty goalmouth clearance. Chorley pounced to scoop a parried save from Collin into the roof of the net as the defence stood static.
A free kick from Cook shaved the upright as he dinked a beauty of an attempt over the wall, but the afternoon got worse as Lisbie broke from deep and raced into the box. His cut-back was perfect for the unmarked Lee Cook to sweep it into the gaping net.
Cox rifled over from 16 yards as the away pressure grew and the game was all-but finalised on the stroke of half time when Edwards misplaced a pass in midfield. Lisbie fed Mooney and the big striker made no mistake as he went one-on-one with the keeper before drilling it in off the upright.
A triple substitution during the break sent the signal that the home dressing room wasn’t happy but the damage was done with the O’s happy to sit deep and hit their hosts on the break.
Teenager Dave Symington almost made an immediate impact though when he cut the ball back on the overlap. Berrett connected well but he pulled his shot away from the target.
Joe Garner put a volley right at Allsop when he met a wicked Robson delivery on the full, and Beck glanced a header wide as United tried to work their way back into the game.
Mooney nearly claimed the match ball when Cook touched the ball past Edwards on the edge of the area. The front man put his left foot through it and was disappointed to see it bounce back off the bar with Collin a mere spectator.
Carlisle had fleeting moments of hope as the clock ticked down courtesy of Symington, but some brave defending prevented him from finding a way through with his trademark thundering drives.
Matt Robson summed up the United afternoon when he found unexpected time late in the game. His wayward volley into the stands was accompanied by ironic cheers from the long-suffering fans.
“We’re doing this too often at home and we can’t hide away from that,” manager Greg Abbott said. “I completely understand the reaction of the fans because we are just as frustrated as they are. Sometimes you look to the players to lift everybody and that is almost impossible to achieve when you give four goals away in the first half. We have to be braver and we have to stand up and be counted because we know we’re better than this. We’ve been through a tough time but we just need to be patient and we need to keep doing the things we believe in. Results like this hurt, but we have a chance to show everyone on Tuesday that we are a good side. I can guarantee that’s what we will demand of them.”
United - Murphy (25)
Orient - Mooney (18, 44), Chorley (26), Cook (38)
United - Potts (45)
Orient - Cox (81)
Carlisle United - Collin, Simek, Edwards, Murphy, Chantler, McGovern (Robson 46), Noble (Beck 46), Potts, Berrett, Higginbotham (Symington 46), Garner. Subs - Gillespie, Welsh, Todd, McGinty.
Leyton Orient - Allsop, Sawyer, Chorley, Cox (Smith 83), Lisbie (Symes 76), Clarke, Odubajo, Cook, Rowlands, James (Griffith 65), Mooney. Subs - Jones, McSweeney, Baudry, Brunt.
Referee - T Harrington
Attendance - 3,964 (113 away fans)