Home V Barrow
Saturday 5th August- National League
Home V Barrow
Daggers got their 2nd bid for league football underway with a win against Barrow. However, it was a slow start from both teams until Dagenham found some momentum and won a penalty in the 18th minute; Ferrier was fouled by Audel. It was Corey Whitely who converted it from the spot as he smashed it in the top left corner past Moore.
The Daggers continued to mount the pressure and this resulted in a 21st minute screamer from Michael Cheek from 20 yards out as his strike sailed past Moore again into the top left corner.
After that second goal Paul Cox’s side began to get into the match with a few attacks however these were comfortably dealt with by the Daggers defence; Barrow’s performance in the final third didn’t help them in their pursuit of a comeback.
Dagenham went in at Half-Time 2-0 up much to their fans delight. However, what those fans didn’t know was that it was going to be very much a game of two halves as Barrow responded well in the second half as they took the game to Dagenham. That momentum turned into frustration as Audel was the first name in the book followed by their ill-disciplined striker Adi Yusuf. Barthram completed the hat-trick of bookings for the bluebirds by committing a foul on Okenabirhie.
Ollie Hawkins made a statement as he came on with a lovely Crossfield ball to Whitely. From then on however it was all Barrow with aerial bombardment into the Daggers box, Dan Jones’s launch of a throw aided Barrow. Yusuf however lacked composure in front of goal rocketing the ball over from 3 yards out. The Daggers couldn’t hold out though as Jack Barthram’s cross was met superbly by Jones at the back post. This called for a superb display from Mark Cousins who kept his side in front.
Ollie Hawkins found himself one on one with Moore however was unable to settle the Dagenham fan’s nerves as Moore dived to his feet to collect the ball. The fourth official indicated 4 minutes of additional time however Dagenham held on to a 2-1 victory which led to a roar at the Full- Time whistle. This put the Daggers third in the table after one game missing out on the top spot by Goal Difference.