Dagenham & Redbridge hang on in six goal thriller against Ebbsfleet United

PUBLISHED: 21:45 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 August 2017

Corey Whitely of Dagenham standing over the bar (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely of Dagenham standing over the bar (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge remain undefeated after only just holding on to a 3-3 draw in the dying minutes against Ebbsfleet United.

Early goals from Corey Whitely and Kevin Lokko in the first-half were cancelled out as fleet clawed their way back into the match late on to stop Daggers sealing three points at Victoria Road.

It was Ebbsfleet’s Myles Weston, who got the first chance of the game as he broke inside from the right side, but had his shot held comfortably by Mark Cousins in the sixth minute.

Five minutes later Corey Whitely broke away from inside his own half and decided to shoot from distance and his shot narrowly misses the goal.

Four minutes later Morgan Ferrier tried changing the momentum and began causing some danger down the left hand side and worked his way into the box, but was unable to find the target.

Winger Fejiri Okenabirhie made a great run and tried to put a cross into the box, but it’s blocked and cleared for a corner.

The corner Is put into the box, but cleared and received by the visitors danger man Weston, who surged forward before cutting in from the right side and having a dig on goal.

The league’s top goalscorer Whitely continued his goal streak as he picked up the ball up on the edge of the box and took a shot through the Ebbsfleet defence putting it into the bottom left to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Morgan Ferrier made a great run down the middle of the pitch and pushed the ball wide into the path of Whitey whose looked to pick out Cheek in the box, but has his cross steered clear for a corner.

Two minutes later Dagenham came close to extending their lead as Whitely’s found the head of Bondz N’Gala, but it’s cleared off the line.

With ten minutes to go in the first-half the visitors Coulson put in a dangerous corner ball and forced Kevin Lokko to put it behind for a second corner.

In the thirty fifth minutes Weston picked up a booking as he caught Ferrier on the halfway line.

Ebbsfleet picked up another yellow this time it was centre-back Yado Mambo who pulled down Cheek just outside the box resulting in a free-kick.

Goal scorer Whitely had his free-kick tipped over the bar by Nathan Ashmore who managed to get over to the left just in time.

Dagenham had yet another chance to double their lead as Marvin McCoy

Whitely stepped up and powered a shot hard towards the top left corner but Nathan Ashmore held firm and denied the spot kick.

On the stroke of half-time a dangerous low cross in the box from Ferrier forced Sam Magri to clear over his own goal for a corner.

Whitely’s corner ball finds defender Kevin Lokko who slots the ball into the goal on the stroke of half-time.

The first two ten minutes of the second-half were extremely quiet with neither side creating much until Ferrier gave away a free-kick just outside the box.

Ebbsfleet made a decision to bring on Jack Powell for Andy Drury and it paid dividends as the midfielder slotted home the free-kick with his first touch of the ball to make it 2-1.

Six minutes later Ferrier bagged his first goal for Dagenham as he unleashed a lethal curling shot from 35 yards into the top left hand corner.

The visitors pulled one straight back as Luke Coulson swung a corner into the back of the net to make it 3-2.

A few minutes later Kevin Lokko made a late challenge after tangling up with striker Darren McQueen on the edge of the box.

Dagenham could have got another as Ebbsfleet keeper Ashdown pulled off an believable save as Lokko looked certain to make it 4-2 from point-blank range.

The visitors continued to put the pressure on as Jack Payne turned Weston’s pass against the post as Daggers clung on to their lead.

Daggers couldn’t hang onto the lead as Fleet found an equaliser as captain Danny Kedwell headed home from an incoming corner.

Dagenham: Cousins, Ling, N’Gala, Lokko, Pennell, Robson, Boucaud, Okenabirhie, Whitely, Ferrier (Romain 71), Cheek (Hawkins 69).

Unused subs: Justham, Robinson, Howells.

Ebbsfleet: Ashmore, McCoy, Mambo, Magri, Connors, Payne, Drury (Powell 56), Coulson, Weston (Shields 78), McQueen (McLean 83), Kedwell.

Unused subs: Miles, Mills

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