Salford 1-1 Leyton Orient: Chris Neal own-goal earns point for O's
Last Updated: 31/08/19 7:12pm
An 87th-minute own goal from Salford goalkeeper Chris Neal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Leyton Orient at the Peninsula Stadium.
Salford thought they had won it thanks to Richie Towell's first-half strike, but stopper Neal accidentally back-heeled James Brophy's effort in to his own net to ensure the points were shared.
It was a scrappy first half with few chances for either Salford or Orient, who were both promoted from the National League last season.
The Ammies took the lead when Orient's defenders let Scott Wiseman's throw-in bounce too long and Towell pounced to send the ball past Dean Brill.
Brill then tipped Mani Dieseruvwe's thunderous shot onto the bar.
Salford thought they had doubled their advantage when Adam Rooney found the back of the net after Brill spilled the ball, but it was ruled offside by referee Marc Edwards.
Orient went close a number of times in the second half and made it count when Neal failed to deal with Brophy's shot to spell heartbreak for Salford.