LEAGUE Two leaders Newport County AFC rekindled their love affair with the FA Cup in London, as Jamie Devitt's long-range strike sealed a place in the second round.

Ash Baker put the Exiles in front following a blunder by the Orient keeper, but the hosts levelled things up before the break courtesy of teenager Hector Kyprianou.

Devitt, who had hit the woodwork early in the second half, won it for Michael Flynn’s men with a screamer 13 minutes from the end.

There was no Joss Labadie for County following his injury in the midweek defeat by Carlisle United.

Devitt, who replaced Labadie during the 3-2 reverse at Brunton Park, started and Josh Sheehan took the captain’s armband.

Standing in for skipper Labadie was a further fillip for Sheehan (below) after his Wales call-up.

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Meanwhile, Baker came in for Robbie Willmott and Padraig Amond made way for Jamie Proctor.

Ex-County man Jamie Turley, who once scored a winner for the Exiles at the Breyer Group Stadium, lined up in the Orient defence, and one-time Exiles loanee Conor Wilkinson started up front.

They didn’t create much early on but County played better in the first 15 minutes than they did during the whole of the opening 45 in Cumbria.

Mickey Demetriou showed he meant business with a strong challenge on Orient captain Jobi McAnuff which left both me needing treatment.

O’s striker Dan Johnson had the game’s first effort on target, although it was a rather tame shot that Nick Townsend saved easily.

There were then three chances for Tristan Abrahams at the other end.

First, the striker looked to make the most of an error by Turley, however, the defender recovered well and put in a perfectly timed tackle as Abrahams bore down on goal.

Soon after, Ryan Haynes’ ball over the top found its way through to Abrahams just inside the box and his shot took the slightest of deflections to go for a corner.

The third opportunity for Abrahams ended with a defender getting a foot in to take the sting out of the forward’s attempt.

Orient had a few half-chances of their own, while Proctor picked up a soft yellow card, before County took the lead – and it was a goalkeeping howler that led to it.

O’s gloveman Lawrence Vigouroux raced out of his box to deal with a County through ball and appeared to have the situation under control.

However, when he under-hit a simple pass to his left it was seized upon by Baker (pictured below, second from left) who calmly slotted home from some 35 yards out. It was Baker's first Exiles goal.

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But the lead lasted just four minutes, and Turley had a hand in it.

The big defender headed McAnuff’s corner back into the danger zone and 19-year-old Hector Kyprianou lashed in his first Orient goal.

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The sides went into the break level, however, the Exiles (pictured above after the equaliser) should have gone back in front.

A Haynes cross found its way to Baker six yards from goal, only for the wing-back to fire over when it looked easier to score.

County were back out for the second half just a few minutes after the referee’s whistle brought the first period to a close.

And the visitors went so close to regaining the lead moments after the restart.

Abrahams switched play from right to left, Haynes found Devitt and the midfielder curled a delightful effort that smacked Vigouroux’s left-hand post.

The game became very scrappy over the next quarter of an hour before County had a strong claim for a penalty.

Haynes played a give and go with Devitt and went down under a challenge from Wilkinson – the referee waved play on.

As the match entered the final 15 minutes it was anyone’s for the taking.

And with 77 minutes on the clock, Labadie’s replacement Devitt stepped up to the plate with a moment of brilliance.

Following a lovely first touch to go inside Kyprianou, Devitt let fly from all of 30 yards and gave Vigouroux absolutely no chance.

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There was no real threat of an equaliser from the O’s, as County ran down the clock by bringing on Kevin Ellison, Willmott and Amond in the latter stages.

Orient: Vigouroux, Widdowson (Maguire-Drew 81), Turley, Coulson, Akinola, McAnuff (capt), Kyprianou, Dayton (Clay 64), Wilkinson (Brophy 68), Johnson, Dennis. Subs not used: Sargeant, Cissé, Happe, Wright.

County: Townsend, Demetriou, Dolan, Cooper, Baker, Bennett, Sheehan (capt), Haynes, Devitt (Willmott 85), Proctor (Ellison 85), Abrahams (Amond 90). Subs not used: King, Webb, Lewis.

Referee: Carl Brook

Argus star man: Jamie Devitt