Dagenham end with final-day defeat
PUBLISHED: 19:30 02 May 2015 | UPDATED: 19:31 02 May 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Exeter City 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Dagenham & Redbridge finished their campaign on a sour note as they suffered degeat at Exeter City.
After competing well in the first 45 minutes, Daggers looked a completely different team once they had conceded the first goal midway through the second half.
In the end it was one-way traffic with the travelling team and support probably hoping for the whistle to come.
The visitors had made a bright start and fashioned a chance early on when Jodi Jones cut inside and headed towards the middle.
Jones slipped the ball through to Ashley Chambers, but his effort was blocked by onrushing home goalkeeper James Hamon in the fourth minute.
Matt Partridge had scored his first senior goal last week against Accrington Stanley and nearly made it two in two games soon after.
The defender broke forward from the back and embarked on a marauding run, playing a one-two on the edge of the area with Jamie Cureton before firing his effort straight at Hamon in the 18th minute.
Partridge and Jones were involved in the action again midway through the half when they combined for another chance.
The 22-year-old Partridge found the teenage forward in acres of space on the right-hand side of the area, but Jones could only curl his left-footed shot wide of the upright with 18 minutes remaining in the half.
Daggers went close again when Abu Ogogo played Cureton into the area less than two minutes later.
The veteran forward dragged the ball back for a charging Billy Bingham to strike at goal, but his effort was blocked by Jordan Moore-Taylor.
Daggers had the ball in the net with 34 minutes gone but Chambers’ sublime finish from the edge of the area, a high curler into the net, was ruled out for offside.
The visitors looked lively again soon after the break when Chambers played in Bingham in the box.
However the midfielder could only drag his effort wide when Jones was in space two minutes into the second half.
Jones made a bright start following the interval and was fouled on the edge of the box in the 50th minute.
He dusted himself down to take the subsequent free kick which Hamon nearly made a hash of as he palmed it away for a corner.
Despite having the majority of chances, it was Daggers who conceded first in the 61st minute.
Jimmy Keohane had struck in the Grecians’ win at Victoria Road in October and he found the net again, this time from 18 yards, to put the home side ahead.
It got worse for Daggers nine minutes later when Ian Gayle’s backpass was intercepted by Tom Nichols who poked in from close range to double Exeter’s lead.
There was a bright note at the end, though, as Cureton scuffed home a Chambers cross in stoppage time, which was loudly cheered by the Exeter fans as well as the travelling support.
It was little consolation for Daggers on their long trip back from Devon, but Wayne Burnett’s side can still be pleased with a comfortable mid-table finish in League Two.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins; Partridge, Doe, Gayle; Jones (Howell 65), Ogogo, Boucaud (Jakubiak 71) (Doidge 90), Bingham, Hemmings; Cureton, Chambers.
Unsused substitutes: Moore, Connors, , Obileye, Raymond.
Attendance: 3,645 (including 167 Dagenham fans).
Referee: Mr B Malone.