Strong Daggers eventually see off Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 22:45 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:45 27 October 2014

Rhys Murphy in action during his last competitive game for Daggers against Mansfield (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Rhys Murphy in action during his last competitive game for Daggers against Mansfield (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Essex Senior Cup third round: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Barkingside 0

A strong Dagenham & Redbridge side overcame Ryman North Barkingside at Victoria Road in the Essex Senior Cup but only after the non-league outfit gave the League Two side a great battle.

Rhys Murphy made his first start in a Daggers shirt since March 1 and scored on his return but Matt Frew would have been proud of the effort his team put in.

They were unlucky not to at least find the net and were arguably the better team in the opening hour but the quality of the League Two club showed in the end – with Bradley Goldberg scoring a stunning goal to cap the victory.

The visitors Barkingside started excellently at Victoria Road and started with more intent during the opening stages.

Ian Gayle was forced to make a last ditch challenge with Calvin Poku ready to shoot from close range before the Daggers defender blocked Dan Cossington’s goalbound shot shortly afterwards.

Murphy had his first attempt after 13 minutes but sliced a half volley well wide from 30-yards-out.

But the non-league outfit continued to show no fear and spent the majority of the opening 25 minutes inside the half of the League Two side.

Wayne Burnett, watching from the stand, had been unhappy with the performance of young Connor Peters and told assistant coach Darren Currie to sub the right-back off after just 26 minutes.

Ayo Olukoga came on in his place but the away side continued to look threatening and former Daggers midfield Tom Davie had a decent effort from outside the box but a deflection off home skipper Abu Ogogo took the sting out of the shot.

A good run from Jack Connors instigated the best chance of the half for Daggers, as the left-back carried the ball forward and raced at the Side defence before he laid into the path of Ashley Hemmings.

And although Christian Doidge had evaded his marker and got on the end of Hemmings cross, his shot was blocked by Joe Ellul.

That chance seemed to boost the hosts as Doidge tested Chris Clark shortly afterwards from a corner kick but the keeper was able to tip the ball away from goal.

A superb run from Goldberg nearly brought about the first goal as Daggers ended the half strongly.

He skipped past two players in a tight position on the right touchline before drifting inside but his shot went wide.

That was the last significant action of the half as the Ryman North side entered the break level with their local rivals and after dominating the first period.

Luke Howell made his return after half time, coming on in place of Frankie Raymond, and just 25 seconds into the second half Murphy should have opened the scoring.

The forward was played through on goal but well placed he scuffed his effort and Clark easily saved.

That wasn’t the start of what was to come, though, as Barkingside continued to pose a threat and played some good football at the start of the half.

Just before the hour mark Gayle went down with an injury and was subsequently forced off and he would later leave the ground on crutches, but only as a precaution.

Academy defender Lewis Clark came on to replace him before Davie went close again for the visitors on two occasions.

He firstly headed off target from a corner before a poor clearance from Liam O’Brien gave him another chance but the midfielders attempted lob was easily cleared.

Frew’s team then went agonisingly close to taking the lead when Calvin Poku laid into Dion Polius’ path and his cross caused Daggers all sorts of problems.

Steve Carvell stretched to try and convert Polius’s centre but Jack Connors was able to block before a combination of O’Brien and Ogogo ensured it remained goalless.

And just four minutes after that chance and the home side were awarded a penalty after a class passage of football.

Howell instigated the move by fizzing the ball into Murphy, he flicked acutely into Goldberg and he was fouled by Joe Ellul.

Side players argued with the official over the decision but it was a penalty and Murphy dispatched it with ease for his first goal since netting against Rochdale on February 1.

The game suddenly became end to end as Polius skipped past Hemmings, rounded O’Brien but Ogogo slide in to clear the danger.

And then Murphy passed into Doidge but his touch took him away from goal and Clark made himself big and was able to block his effort.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes Daggers started to up their tempo and Murphy and Goldberg both had shots from decent positions but both scuffed their efforts.

Joe Bricknell and Barkingside substitute Andy Edmunds both fired efforts over the bar as the visitors pressed to find an equaliser.

However, seven minutes from time Goldberg ensured the home teams progression to the next round with a stunning goal.

Murphy had a shot blocked and the ball ricocheted to Goldberg, he cut inside and smashed into the top corner to double Daggers lead.

Side deserved a goal and should have reduced the deficit a minute from time but substitute Dan Jones blasted over the empty net from a couple of yards after O’Brien had pushed Edmunds shot out.

The full time whistle followed shortly afterwards to conclude the brave effort of Side who gave everything.

For Daggers it was a worthwhile match to give opportunities to Murphy and Howell in particular, even if they weren’t at their best.

Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien, Peters (Olukoga 26), Connors, Ogogo, Gayle (Clark 60), Raymond, Labadie, Goldberg, Murphy, Doidge, Hemmings.

Unused substitutes: Crickway, Bloomfield.

Barkingside: Clark, Hayes, Bricknell, Ellul, Akapka, Cossington (Onireti 87), Polius (Jones 78), Davie (Edmunds 72), Carvell, Gulfer, Poku.

Unused substitutes: Francis, Onireti, Pitman.

Attendance: 289

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