Youngsters come to the fore for Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 16:58 25 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:11 27 April 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 4 Accrington Stanley 0
Dagenham & Redbridge repaid their fans with a brilliant home performance in their final game of the year at Victoria Road, with Frankie Raymond taking centre stage.
The youngster was making only his second league start for the club but assisted in the first two goals before grabbing the team’s third strike of the afternoon.
Jodi Jones was making his first start for the Londoners and looked keen to make an impact, tricking his way down the right in just the fourth minute.
The 17-year-old cut inside but his effort from the corner of the area was tame and saved by visiting goalkeeper Scott Davies.
Accrington were eager to make an early impression too and just two minutes later Shay McCartan chipped a pass into the path of Josh Windass.
However the son of former Premier League striker Dean put his left-footed shot from just inside the box high and wide of the Daggers goal.
There was a nervy moment with 13 minutes played as Billy Bingham was dispossed by Luke Joyce in his own half and the ball bobbled to Windass who ran through on goal.
His effort from inside the area was blocked and eventually gobbled up by Mark Cousins with the danger averted.
The hosts were beginning to grow into the match and had a penalty appeal turned down four minutes later when Ade Yusuff was tripped in the box.
Dagenham’s pressure finally told in the 20th minute when Matt Partridge scored his first goal as a professional, heading home a Frankie Raymond corner from the right.
It could have been two less than two minutes later as Ade Yusuff embarked on a mazy run down the left, ending up in the box.
He chipped the ball back across the face of goal but there were no teammates running in to tap home and Accrington gratefully cleared.
After his heroics earlier in the season the Stanley defence must have been delighted when Yusuff went off injured in the 37th minute but the youngster looked distraught.
The second half was barely 90 seconds old when Cureton grabbed the second of the afternoon.
The veteran poked home his 19th goal of the season after a long ball forward from Raymond, the midfielder’s second assist of the match.
Raymond added his name to the scoresheet 23 minutes from time with a delightful 20-yard free-kick, his performance fully deserving a goal.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon came a minute from time when Jodi Jones struck on his first start for the club.
The forward tapped home from six yards after Cureton laid the ball back to seal a glorious home win.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Partridge. Gayle, Doe, Widdowson (Ogogo 50), Raymond, Boucaud (Connors 70), Bingham, Chambers, Yusuff (Cureton 37), Jones Unused subs: Moore, Doidge, Carr, Jakubiak
Attendance: 2038 (including 91 Accrington fans)
Referee: Mr T Robinson