Dagenham & Redbridge pass Cambridge test
PUBLISHED: 21:37 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:21 02 September 2015
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Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: Cambridge United 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
Dagenham & Redbridge picked up their first win of the season as they progressed to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with victory at Cambridge United.
The away side struck twice before the break to take control of the tie and mark the first time they had scored more than once in a game all season.
And they had chances to further extend their advantage which they missed but thankfully proved inconsequential.
The visitors made five changes from the 1-1 draw against Stevenage, with Jack Connors handed his first start of the season.
With captain Andre Boucaud away on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago, Ashley Hemmings was handed the armband.
It was the hosts, though, who fashioned the first real chance of the game with four minutes gone.
Conor Newton picked up a poor pass from the Dagenham defence and broke into the middle of the park.
He played a neat one-two with striker Jacob Blyth before firing over from 25 yards, much to the relief of Liam O’Brien between the sticks.
The first few crosses Hemmings had made from the left flank had sailed out of play but in the eighth minute he delivered a peach to the back post.
Christian Doidge was there to meet it but he saw his close range effort well saved by Sam Beasant and the ball was cleared for a corner.
Hemmings took the subsequent set piece from the right but his low ball in to the box was easily cleared by Cambridge.
And the skipper for the night had a big hand in Daggers’ next real effort as he netted the game’s opener 13 minutes later.
The ball broke to Hemmings following a cross in to the box and the winger let fly with his right foot from 18 yards.
Just like against Stevenage, the ball whistled in to the corner of the net and Hemmings celebrated in trademark style.
Dagenham quickly doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Matt McClure also made it two in two matches.
The striker had missed Saturday’s game against Stevenage but made up for lost time at the Abbey Stadium.
A headed clearance by U’s fell only as far as Kane Ferdinand on the edge of the box, who shot low and hard, with the ball deflecting off McClure in to the net.
It could have been even better for the east Londoners 10 minutes before half time when Ashley Chambers floated in a free kick.
Clevid Dikamona, on the penalty spot, looped a header over Beasant and towards goal but saw it brilliantly cleared off the line and away from danger.
The visitors began the second half looking to continue their good work from the opening period and should have been three to the good inside the first minute of the restart.
Hemmings found himself one on one with the keeper but shot straight at Beasant who saved when an effort either side would surely have resulted in a goal.
O’Brien was called in to his first real piece of action all match just five minutes later when he tipped a shot from Blyth over the bar.
The U’s had several chances to cut the gap but they were squandered by poor finishing which almost proved costly.
With just over 20 minutes remaining on the clock, Chambers looked to have played in McClure.
The striker duly slotted past Beasant but his joy was short lived with the linesman flagging for offside.
Again Daggers went close to adding a third in the 75th minute after O’Brien launched a goal kick forward.
His kick found Hemmings who sped past the last defender but could only scuff his attempt at a left foot curler wide from eight yards.
There were further chances for Daggers to increase their lead further but manager Wayne Burnett is unlikely to be to worried about that as his team grabbed their first win of the season.
Daggers XI: O’Brien; Passley, Dikamona, Obileye, Connors; Chambers (Raymond 87), Richards, Ferdinand, Hemmings; Doidge, McClure (Hines 79)
Unused subs: Cousins, Cureton, Widdowson
Attendance: 1,618 (including 94 Daggers fans)
Referee: Darren Drysdale
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