Daggers progress in eventful cup tie
21:37 24 November 2014
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Essex Senior Cup fourth round: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Waltham Abbey 1
Dagenham & Redbridge progressed into the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Waltham Abbey.
Youth team player Jodi Jones scored an impressive solo goal to open the scoring before the visitors levelled through Tommy Spillane, cousin of former Daggers midfielder Mickey Spillane.
Luke Howell was then sent off for the second consecutive match in the second half before the home side were awarded a penalty, which Rhys Murphy dispatched to earn victory over the nine-man Ryman North team.
Darren Currie was in charge for the evening and several first team regulars were given a start against the non-league outfit.
Liam O’Brien took over the goalkeeper role, whilst Jack Connors, Matt Partridge and Nathan Green were given games in defence.
Howell, currently serving a three-match ban, was eligible to start and captained the team.
Sean Shields returned from his loan at St Albans to come straight into the team with George Porter, Murphy and Christian Doidge also starting.
It was Murphy who had the first effort of note but he curled wide from outside the box following an impressive pass by youth team player Ayo Olukoga.
With a quarter of an hour played another youth team player made his mark for Daggers and opened the scoring.
Jones, who scored in the club’s FA youth cup defeat recently, controlled Howell’s crossfield pass.
The youngster then flicked the ball past Matthew Attard and ran into the penalty area before firing the opener past James May, although via a slight deflection off Doidge.
It was a brilliant piece of play by Jones and Daggers nearly doubled their lead five minutes later but Porter smashed an effort against the post from outside the box.
Murphy had two efforts deflected wide shortly afterwards before Green made a silly foul outside his own penalty area and was punished.
Spillane curled his free-kick from 20-yards-out over the wall and past O’Brien to level the scores.
Doidge nearly gave the hosts the lead straight after when Shields got to the byline and cut back for the forward, but May blocked his close range effort to keep it level at the break.
The Abbotts started the second period slightly stronger with Darrell Russell failing to find the target when well placed on two occasions.
Jones nearly gave Daggers the lead just past the hour mark when the youngster went on another tricky run.
The home side broke from a corner and Murphy passed out wide to Jones, he ran at the Abbotts defence before cutting inside and unleashing a great effort that smashed off the crossbar.
That attempt sparked a crazy couple of minutes as both teams were reduced to 10 men before Daggers retook the lead.
First Howell was shown a straight red card for a late lunge on Attard, that resulted in the defender leaving the field on a stretcher.
But shortly afterwards the visitors had a man sent off when Porter latched onto a stray pass, burst past Darren Williams before the Abbotts defender hauled the Daggers man down.
Referee Gary Marskell pointed to the spot and then showed Williams a straight red card.
And for the second consecutive Essex Senior Cup game, Murphy stepped up and found the net to continue his comeback from injury.
Abbey substitute Jason Hallett had an effort tipped over from O’Brien as the game entered the final 10 minutes.
James Elmes came so close to levelling for the away side when he curled a free kick against the crossbar before the visitors were reduced to nine men.
Hallett was furious after Partridge caught him outside the box and after shouting at the referee, he awarded the substitute a straight red card.
A few minutes later and Daggers were given the chance to extend their lead when Porter was brought down by May inside the box, after Shields had played him through on goal.
May was only given a yellow card for the foul and saved Murphy’s weak penalty but it wasn’t to make a difference as Daggers held on for the victory to progress into the quarter-finals.
Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien, Olukoga (Bloomfield 86), Connors, Partridge, Green, Shields, Porter, Howell, Murphy, Doidge (Clark 68), Jones.
Unused substitutes: Moore, Yexley, Bolton.