virtually unrecognisable Daggers side reached the fourth round of the Essex
Senior Cup last night with a win on penalties at Ilford's Cricketfield
Stadium. Only Martin Brennan, Scott Griffiths, Jack Midson and Matthew Judge
will have been familiar names, although Chris Moore (right) made his return to
the colours on the bench and will have welcomed around an hour of football
before Saturday's FA Cup game.
The Daggers dominated the early proceedings and took a deserved lead
through Jerome Boyce on 32 minutes after good work by Matthew Judge. Two
minutes later it looked even better for the Daggers when Ilford's Bradley
Jones saw a straight red for an elbow.
Emmanuel Sackey should have put the Daggers further ahead in the 49th
minute but shot straight at the keeper and the game turned soon after this.
Just on the hour Ilford were back level through Simon Miller and then it
looked like disaster for the Daggers when Scott Griffiths brought down Simpson
in the area. Martin Brennan dived to his left though to keep Jones' penalty
Shortly after this the Daggers Chris Moore made a welcome return to the
fray, coming on to replace Matthew Judge and both sides had chances to win the
game before the 90 minutes were up but the game went into extra time still at
Extra time saw more chances for both teams but no more goals. The Daggers
Jamie Smith was sent off for a second yellow card at the end of the first
period of extra time to even up the numbers.
the best chance to win the game came for Ilford's Allan Fenn who found himself
one-on-one with Martin Brennan but the Daggers keeper saved on a good night
for him personally.
So it was penalties, and not a great show of them either. After six kicks
it was 2-0 to the Daggers, and eventually it was Chris Moore, taking last for
the visitors who slotted away the decisive penalty to make it 3-1.
Dagenham & Redbridge: 1 Martin Brennan, 2 Jamie Smith, 3 Scott Griffiths,
4 Ben Green, 5 Danny Cross, 6 Jack Midson, 7 Emmanuel Sackey, 8 Jerome Boyce
(14 Richard Pike, 72 mins), 9 Matthew Judge (17 Chris Moore, 61 mins), 10 Shane Williams
(12 Korel Francis, 76 mins), 11 Nick Wetiner
Unused subs: 15 Jahmahj King, 16 Lheureux Menga