Ten-man Daggers exit FA Cup after cup shock
21:47 18 November 2014
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FA Cup first round replay: Southport 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
The magic of the FA Cup sprinkled on Conference Premier Southport at Haig Avenue this evening as Dagenham & Redbridge were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 defeat to the non-league outfit.
Wayne Burnett’s side got to the break level but Luke Howell’s red card two minutes before the interval meant they always faced an uphill battle.
And they conceded twice inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half to exit the competition in the first round and continue their poor run of results.
Burnett made three changes to the team that started against AFC Wimbledon with Jamie Cureton and Rhys Murphy starting, the latter for the first time since March 1.
Joss Labadie was also handed a starting berth with skipper Abu Ogogo out injured after sustaining a knock at the weekend.
Southport started well but it was Daggers who had the first decent opportunity after five minutes but Murphy could only head into the side netting following Ashley Chambers cross.
Murphy was again involved two minutes later as he released Cureton but Howell couldn’t get enough on his centre to test David Raya.
The frantic opening continued when John Marsden fired over the bar from 25-yards-out as both teams tried to stamp their mark on proceedings.
The hosts continued to look for the opening goal but Daggers defended well, although Mitchell Austin nearly tested Mark Cousins with 16 minutes gone but his shot flew just over.
Paul Rutherford then went on a mazy run, bursting past several away players but firing over the bar.
Burnett’s side tested Raya for the first time after 29 minutes when Cureton smashed a low effort towards goal but the Southport keeper was equal to the effort.
Labadie smashed a wonderful cross into the box, six minutes from time, but fortunately for the hosts it bounced off Clayton McDonald and into the grateful hands of Raya.
Daggers task was then made a whole lot harder two minutes before the break when Howell was given a straight red card.
The midfielder allegedly raised his hands to Southport midfielder Luke George off the ball and was given his marching orders.
The visitors survived the two additional minutes to get in at half time level but faced a tough task after the break.
Burnett’s men started the second period with great intent and should have taken the lead two minutes after the interval.
Cureton passed into Murphy, who raced into the box but with only Raya to beat fired wide of the target.
Three minutes later and the hosts made them pay through Marsden.
Rutherford ran into the box before cutting the ball back for Marsden and although it seemed like he lost control of the ball, he still managed to put in low into the net.
The pressure continued and Cousins was fortune to not give away a spot kick when it seemed like he fouled Marsden inside the box, but the referee waved play on.
But the Sandgrounders didn’t need to wait too long before they were awarded a penalty kick as Partridge brought down Marsden inside the box and the hosts had the opportunity to go two up.
Danny Hattersley duly obliged, sending Cousins the wrong way to give the Conference Premier side a two-goal lead.
George Porter was introduced shortly afterwards and immediately made an impact - winning a free kick outside the Southport box and whipping in an excellent delivery, but Brian Saah could only head over the bar from close range and Daggers frustration continued.
The Victoria Road side won three corners in quick succession midway through the second period but failed to make the most of them opportunities.
Southport did respond though and Marsden and Austin both had efforts but failed to find the third goal.
Cousins made an excellent save from Marsden six minutes from time to prevent more embarrassment for Daggers.
The hosts had other opportunities to add another but failed to take them and it was just a two-goal defeat in the end for the league side.
They now need to find a way to raise themselves for Saturday’s huge relegation battle with Carlisle at Victoria Road.
Dagenham: Cousins, Batt, Partridge, Saah, Hemmings (Porter 63), Bingham, Howell, Labadie, Chambers, Cureton (Doidge 82), Murphy (Goldberg 71).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Green, Doe.
Attendance: 1,472 (53 Dagenham & Redbridge supporters).