What looked a tricky FA Cup fourth Qualifying round tie turned into an easy win for the Daggers on Saturday due to an assured performance
from the Daggers who looked every bit a class above Aldershot, coupled with Shot's keeper Nikki Bull's rush of blood towards the end of the first half.
The Daggers recalled Paul Bruce following injury and Mark Stein following suspension but were missing loan signings Mayo and Fletcher
while Paul Gothard who
was replaced by Andy Lomas on the bench. Ashley Vickers also sat on the bench
after returning against Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday.
opening half an hour was pretty even with both sides using the space on what was
a massive pitch well to attack down the wings. At the back Lee Matthews (left) had
another solid game never looking in any trouble against Shots much vaunted
6'4" centre forward Paul Moody along with Steve Potts and Mark Smith
in a back three.
Chances were limited in the early exchanges and the biggest excitement was in
the stands. With the game segregated, several Shots "fans" had
infiltrated the Daggers section and decided to start a fight with the Barmy
Army. Amazingly there were no police or stewards on hand when this happened and
when they arrived they decided the best way to deal with the trouble was to send
the perpetrators back to their own area of the ground.
on the pitch the Daggers continued to look comfortable without really looking
like opening the Shots up. Mark Janney's cross shot was tipped over by Bull and
then Danny Shipp's header was also well saved. At the other end Karl Ready had
the Shots best opening, a header from a free kick brilliantly saved by Tony
defining moment of the game came in the 42nd minute. Mark Stein burst into the area
with just Nikki Bull to beat. Steino slipped the ball past the Shots' keeper who
then flattened him with a tackle worthy of Twickenham. Inevitably Bull saw red
despite lengthy protests while Stein received treatment. After an age Paul Moody
took the gloves and was comprehensively beaten by Junior McDougald's penalty
(right) struck high into the right of his goal.
In the age of added time due to the penalty incident Michael Harper, on for
Roscoe D'Sane, almost snatched an equaliser but once again Tony Roberts was
equal to it, saving one handed.
Mark Stein failed to appear for the second half, replaced by Danny Hill with
Danny Shipp moving up front to partner Junior. The Daggers, with the confidence
of a lead and a numerical advantage passed the Shots to death for most of the
second half. It was only a matter of time before further breakthroughs came.
When they did, like buses, they came one after another.
62 minutes Danny Hill (left being congratulated) found acres of space on the
right, bursting into the area. He was half tackled but kept on his feet and
whipped a shot across Moody into the far corner to double the lead and end the
game as any kind of contest.
was to come. Just two minutes later the Daggers won a free kick about 25 yards out
in perfect Paul Bruce territory. Sure enough Brucey took the kick which was curled over the wall.
Makeshift keeper Moody managed to get a hand to it to his credit but could not keep it
out (see match pictures below).
became 4-0 five minutes later when a corner from the right dropped to Lee Matthews
centre of goal six yards out and he finished with style, smashing the ball into
the roof of the net. Lee was obviously delighted (left) celebrating in front of
the Daggers travelling fans.
The game comfortably won the Daggers made changes again bringing Mark Rooney
and Steve West on for Heffer and McDougald and could easily have scored more to
further embarrass the Shots on a day that they will want to forget.
The Daggers fans were kept behind after the game due to the potential for
trouble and then escorted from the ground missing the draw for the First Round
proper which matched us with Dr Martins Premier side Havant & Waterlooville
in the game that will certainly be the widest on the FA's list. The game will
take place at Victoria Road on Saturday the 16th of November, kick off 3pm.