Ayo silver lining as Daggers progress in FA Cup
22:30 16 December 2015
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FA Cup second round replay: Whitehawk 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 3
Ayo Obileye headed an extra-time winner for Dagenham & Redbridge as they squeaked past Whitehawk and set up a third round trip to Everton.
Daggers looked to have done enough to win the game in normal time before Hawks netted another dramatic equaliser in stoppage time.
But the visitors class finally told with Obileye scoring the winner and Dagenham hung on to win despite a late red card.
There were two changes for Dagenham from Saturday’s defeat at Crawley Town, with Ashley Hemmings and Obileye coming in to the squad.
Hemmings and Obileye took the places of Jodi Jones and Clevid Dikamona respectively, who both dropped to the bench.
Josh Passley kept his place at right back having impressed at Crawley, but there was no start for Christian Doidge after his goalscoring cameo at Broadfield Stadium.
Even as the visitors walked in an hour and a half before kick off, the home fans were in full voice to leave the visitors in no uncertain terms about the task ahead.
As if the hammer home the surroundings the east Londoners found themselves in, kick off was delayed while the officials dealt with a problem with the goals.
It was Hawks who started brightest, winning a succession of corners and having two penalty shouts inside the first five minutes.
Daggers were under the cosh and were fortunate home striker Danny Mills could not get on the end of a teasing cross from the right by Sam Deering in the third minute.
The visitors were able to stem the flow after that as the game began to somewhat stagnate until the 18th minute when Deering producing another flawless delivery.
Hawks’ right winger whipped a free kick in that was headed against his own post by Joe Widdowson before Daggers could thankfully clear.
More slack defending followed just two minutes later when Daggers almost conceded after having three chances to clear a ball into the box.
The visitors did, though, almost take the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute after Passley found Jamie Cureton in the box.
Cureton set himself and struck from the penalty spot, but his effort went over the bar and into the travelling support.
It was a costly miss as five minutes later, Dagenham fell behind as Whitehawk took a deserved lead.
Jake Robinson beat Joe Widdowson for pace to burst in the box before chipping to the back post for Mills who headed home.
Daggers were presented with a half chance to get back into things three minutes before half time, but James Dunne saw his effort inside the box blocked.
It seemed to spur the visitors back into life and they found themselves level in the final minute of the half.
Justin Hoyte had been largely quite for most of the first half and looked to play a fairly innocuous ball along the ball to Kyle Vassell on the edge of the area.
On the turn, Vassell smashed the ball into the net with his right foot to draw the visitors level against a club he was previously on loan at.
Much like the first half, Daggers started slowly after the break and need Mark Cousins to tip over a 25-yard free kick from Robinson in the 50th minute.
Again the pace of the game slowed, although it was Dagenham who took it up a gear in the 76th minute.
Cureton made a superb run down the left, eventually making his way into the box with two team mates in support.
The experienced frontman slotted to Passley who sidefooted into the corner to quieten the home support.
It was a goal that sparked a period of one-way traffic for Daggers, but they could not find that crucial third strike.
And the misses proved costly as, after a period of pressure, Juan Cruz Gotta headed in for Whitehawk to take the game into extra time.
The two sides traded effort after the restart, but it was Daggers who moved ahead again as the clock ticked past 100.
Hemmings whipped a delightful corner in from the left which was met with a bullet header from Obileye.
Just a few minutes later, Hawks thought they had levelled again through Scott Neilson but play was pulled back for a foul on Nosworthy.
There was more late drama as midfielder James Dunne was given his marching orders after being shown a second yellow.
As the game headed into injury time, Cousins produced a finger tip save to deny Mills a second.
Daggers held on, though, and can now look forward to trip to Merseyside in the new year.
Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Nosworthy, Obileye, Widdowson; Passley (Chambers 84), Labadie, Dunne, Hemmings; Cureton (Doidge 88), Vassell (Boucaud 117)
Unused subs: O’Brien, Connors, Dikamona, Jones
Attendance: 2, 174 (including 168 Daggers fans)
Referee: Keith Stroud (Andy Davies 46)