The Daggers got back to form yesterday, beating Morecambe 3-2 at Victoria Road
in a highly entertaining match in front of the Sky television cameras.
manager, Garry Hill, ringing the changes from recent matches, it was a much
changed side that started the match with Danny Hill, Junior McDougald and Danny
Hayzelden (left) all in the starting eleven.
A very positive start from the Daggers saw some nice passing movement that
throws the long-ball game of recent weeks into stark relief. However, it
was the visitors who had the first chance of the match, a vicious volley from
Gary Thompson being saved well by Paul Gothard.
Shortly afterwards, Wayne Curtis squandered a chance for the shrimps when he
scuffed his shot wide of the post.
seemed to give the Daggers the necessary kick-start and they began to wrestle
control of the game. Dean Hooper forced and outstanding save from Mawson
in the Morecambe goal and there were also chances for Danny Shipp and Danny Hill
Hill was particularly impressive in midfield and both Paul Terry and Junior
McDougald were working very hard and causing the Morecambe defence all sorts of
breakthrough came in the 36th minute when Junior McDougald ran through on the
left and managed to flick the ball into the centre for Paul Terry to blast the
ball low into the net (left, Paul Terry and Mark Rooney celebrating).
Shortly after this, Terry was unfortunate not to add a
second when a good passing move culminated with Stein flicking the ball to Terry
who volleyed wide .
second half started with the Daggers still dominating the game. McDougald
(right) was still making a lot of running but was finding little joy in beating
Marson. Stein had a great chance when McDougald fed the ball through to
him and his shot beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by a defender.
Morecambe seemed to be buoyed on by this and were
getting more of the play in midfield in particular. Curtis broke free down
the middle and placed the ball past Gothard to level the scores at one apiece.
The Daggers did their utmost to restore the lead and
McDougald was unfortunate not to score when he fired over from 15 yards soon
Paul Terry will be disappointed not to have scored his and the teams' second
when he miskicked his shot from close range. Some great interplay between
Lee Goodwin and Danny Hayzelden had fed Terry and he seemed certain to score.
Hill decided to make his first substitutions soon after this, replacing Danny
Hill with Steve McGavin (left), Lee Goodwin with Tim Cole and Paul Terry with
Mark Janney. Steve West was pushed forward into the front-line and the
Daggers seemed grasp complete control of the game.
From a Danny Hayzelden corner, Mark Stein headed the ball back to McGavin who
lashed a right-foot shot into the corner of the goal.
Within two minutes, McGavin struck again, this time with a fantastic solo
goal that is a sure contender for Goal Of The Month. Running forward with
the ball, he struck an amazing 25 yard shot which dipped over the keeper into
the top corner of the net.
With the Daggers seemingly cruising, Curtis managed to reduce the deficit for
the visitors when he audaciously backheeled the ball between Gothard's
legs from a corner.
All eyes then turned to Haig Avenue where Southport entertained the Daggers'
title rivals, Boston United. An early goal from the Sandgrounders was
added to in the 65th minute before Daryl Clare reduced the deficit for the
Pilgrims. With full time seemingly only seconds away, Clare netted again
to level the scores. Somehow though, there was still time for Boston to
steal all three points when Teale scored an own goal.