Maidstone United 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 0: Ten man Daggers held to draw by Stones

PUBLISHED: 16:55 28 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:55 28 August 2017

Sam Ling was sent off for Dagenham & Redbridge at Maidstone United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Sam Ling was sent off for Dagenham & Redbridge at Maidstone United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Vanarama National League: Maidstone United 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Dagenham & Redbridge played out a goalless draw with Maidstone United in the National League, despite ending the match with 10 men.

In sweltering conditions at Gallagher Stadium, neither side could force a breakthrough in the opening half.

After having defender Sam Ling dismissed late on, though, Daggers had to see out the final moments to hold on to their unbeaten start to the season.

Daggers boss John Still made just one change following Saturday’s win at home to Bromley, with Michael Cheek, who suffered a knock in that match, replaced in attack by Oliver Hawkins.

There was also a start for on-loan Daggers defender Kevin Lokko, who moved to Stevenage from Maidstone in the summer.

Stones also had some players who were coming up against their former clubs, with ex-Daggers Magnus Okuonghae, Stuart Lewis and Zavon Hines starting for the hosts.

With less than 20 seconds on the clock, the Essex club should have taken the lead, but Corey Whitely headed wide of the far post after a cross from the left by Fejiri Okenabirhie.

A little over a minute later, Okenabirhie had to help Daggers defensively, clearing a Delano Sam-Yorke effort off the line following a corner.

Eight minutes later, Still’s men went close with a corner of their own, but Luke Pennell was unable to get his effort on target under pressure.

In the 19th minute, Daggers stopper Mark Cousins had to be at his best to deny Stones striker Joe Piggott with a free kick.

Four minutes later, Corey Whitely went close to his seventh of the season for Daggers, but saw his 18-yard shot following a swift counter tipped onto the bar by United stopper Lee Worgan.

With 17 minutes left in the half, Whitely went close again following another quick break down the right, this time dragging his shot wide of the far post.

In the 39th minute, Daggers tested Worgan once more, but the Maidstone captain saved comfortably after Okenabirhie headed a Matt Robinson ball from the left at goal.

Despite numerous chances for both teams in the opening 45 minutes, neither could find an opening as they went into the break with the score goalless.

Less than three minutes into the second half, though, Lewis fired narrowly wide of the far post after collecting a poor header from Okenabirhie following a corner.

From there, however, things became a little cagey, with neither side unable to find a killer pass to unlock the opposition defence.

Chances were soon few and far between that a poor header from Lokko following a free-kick in the 68th minute went down as a missed opportunity.

However, with 17 minutes remaining, Ling was given his marching orders after picking up two bookings in quick succession.

In the 81st minute, substitute Jake Howells produced a fine corner for the Essex club that captain Craig Robson nodded at goal, but was denied by a good save from Worgan.

Towards the end, though, it was all Maidstone as the hosts pumped plenty of balls into the box.

Daggers, though, were able to hold on and pick up their first clean sheet of the season.

Maidstone (4-3-3): Worgan; Hare, Okuonghae, Wynter, Anderson; Reason, Paxman, Lewis; Hines, Sam-Yorke, Piggott (ter Horst 83).

Subs: Finney, Prestedge, Wraight, Richards.

Dagenham (4-2-3-1): Cousins; Ling, Robson, Lokko, Pennell; Robinson, Boucaud; Whitely (Howell 75), Ferrier, Okenabirhie (Howells 53); Hawkins.

Subs: Justham (GK), N’Gala, White.

Sent off: Ling 73 (second bookable offence)

Referee: Gary Parsons

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