The Daggers head up to Christie Park on Bank Holiday Monday with the narrowest
of advantages having won by the odd goal in three at Victoria Road.
The Daggers 16 was still without Junior McDougald , not risked yet, and
Ashley Vickers who was feeling unwell. As a result Lee Goodwin played left back
and Tarkan Mustafa right back in an unbalanced looking defence.
Daggers made light of their problems though by storming to an early lead. In the
seventh minute Tim Cole found Paul Terry who played Mark Stein (left) in on goal
and Steino crashed a shot past Mawson.
Just over a minute later Morecambe showed that they were not going to lie
down as Drummond's shot hammered back off the post.
Daggers had the better of the first 20 minutes or do, but Morecambe began to
take control, particularly wide where Mustafa and Goodwin were twisted and
turned repeatedly by Thompson and Elam. It wasn't a night for fullbacks though
as Mark Janney (right) and John McGrath also caused danger whenever they ran at
Morecambe, Perkins in particular having a torrid night.
Just on the half hour
Morecambe were level predictably having got away down the Daggers left.
Thompson's cross caused panic in the Daggers defence and Tim Cole's attempted
clearance hit Stewart Drummond in the face and bounced past Robbo.
always a thorn in the Daggers side in recent meetings could have put the Shimps
ahead but he shot over and the Daggers were probably grateful to get to half
Daggers came out in the second half playing much better though and created
several good openings, John McGrath (left) in particular shooting just over
having been put in by Janney.
As the half dragged on the Daggers didn't panic
though and in the 69th minute a slick passing move freed Paul Terry to run in
one on one with Mswson. Drummond stretched out a leg in desparation and tripped
Terry for a cast iron penalty.
Inexplicably, the normally card happy Mr Kettle
decided a yellow was enough for Drummond. Mark Stein though made Morecambe
really pay by slamming home the penalty. to put the Daggers back in front.
Daggers stormed forward looking for what may be a decisive two goal margin to
take to the second leg but Morecambe managed to hold out. As a result, both
teams will be confident going into the second leg next Monday.
In the other
semi final, Doncaster left it until the 93rd minute to grab an equaliser to take
that game back to Chester City's Deva Stadium at 1-1.