Obileye: Making FA Cup third round a huge achievement
15:30 17 December 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge matchwinner thrilled to set up trip to Everton with Whitehawk win
Dagenham & Redbridge defender Ayo Obileye hailed the club’s progress to the third round of the FA Cup as a big moment after the defender scored the winner in a 3-2 extra time victory at Whitehawk.
The visitors at the enclosed ground fell behind in the 32nd minute to a headed goal from Hawks striker Danny Mills, but were level by the break after a superb strike on the turn from Kyle Vassell on the stroke of half time.
Josh Passley looked to have sent Daggers through when he sidefooted home 13 minutes from time, but the hosts grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser through Juan Cruz Gotta to force the need for an additional 30 minutes.
As the minutes ticked past the century mark, Obileye headed in a corner from Ashley Chambers to book Dagenham a trip to Premier League side Everton in the next round.
It was the on-loan Charlton Athletic man’s first of the season and says that the importance of it increases the header’s value.
“It means a lot to me and my family. To get that winning goal, it’s something I can’t really explain,” he said.
“To get through to the next round is a big thing for me. It’s a great achievement for me, the gaffer and the team as well. We worked hard and we have to see what can happen in the next round.”
Obileye’s loan deal exprires before the match at Goodison Park in January, but says he hopes something can be sorted to extend his stay in east London.
Like they did in the first match at Victoria Road, Whitehawk proved more than a match for Daggers and were on top throughout the first half at the Enclosed Ground.
But Obileye insists he knew that Hawks would be no pushovers despite 31 places splitting the sides heading into the second round replay.
He added:“I’ve played against many teams and even though I’m young, I know what it’s going to take to win.
“The pitch wasn’t great and I knew that they would try to hit the big man (Danny Mills) and play off him. Sometimes they’d try and play intricate passes, but we tried everything we could to get the win and that’s we done.”