Daggers fall short at The Shay
The Daggers got the game underway and in usual fashion as they saw the ball go out of play in the first move. However that initial move didn’t reflect the away side’s start as they got several crosses into the box early on looking strong despite not getting on the end of them. The first of these chances came as Dobson aimed a cross towards Quigley however he barely challenged the keeper who commanded his area well. Dagenham’s No.20 was involved again but couldn’t latch onto the ball as Balanta tried to find him with an intricate pass. Around five minutes later the next chances came these coming in the form of set pieces as The Daggers won consecutive corners but nothing came of them with The Visitors possessing no aerial threat.
Halifax’s first effort came when Sho-Silva was denied by Kenny Clark, who won the tackle against the forward. Sho-Silva was marked as the danger man whilst he proved why he was on the scoresheet last time out - a handful up top. On their second attempt of the game the hosts netted their seventh of the season against the general run of play. They always posed a threat on the attack did Halifax and now they had a goal to show for it as King was given space to shoot on the edge of the area, with Justham getting down well but McAlinden reacted first getting his goal.
For the next ten minutes Dagenham just stopped playing football and more hoof ball as they looked to reach Quigley and get in behind - it was ineffectual. On the other hand, Tobi Sho-Silva was getting shots off with his side using the same tactic - though many of these shots were half hearted - their game seemed more effective than Dagenham’s. Andrew Eleftheriou did get in behind for Dagenham on the thirty minute mark but was flagged offside frustrating The Daggers. That spell of hoof ball wore off after Halifax came near to making it two with Brown heading a close range effort just over as Dagenham went on the offensive. The Visitors’ first opportunity of the spell before the break came as Eleftheriou whipped in a ball that was met by the head of Balanta - his effort just missed the mark. A piece of individual quality looked to get The Daggers in front as Joan Luque worked away but his shot didn’t test Johnson.
The last two chances of the half turned out to be the best with Dobson’s effort was just inches over after he was teed up by Balanta. Then the last chance of the half saw Luque redeeming himself after his earlier strike testing Johnson for the first time - he didn’t look comfortable conceding a corner. As Rebecca Welch signalled for half time following one minute of additional time Dagenham headed down the tunnel frustrated with Quigley isolated up top. On the other hand , The Shaymen would have been hoping for more of the same after a chance that saw them not have the lions share of chances but a half that saw them get their goal.
The hosts got the second half underway with no changes from either side at the break - Quigley still isolated on his own. The game seemed to continue in similar fashion to how it started with Halifax looking threatening at every attack and Dagenham’s final ball letting them down. The Shaymen’s first attack saw Cameron King’s ball in just float past everyone in the area before the threat was cleared. The chance to get on level terms was presented to Joe Quigley up the other end a few minutes later but he failed to come up with the goods from just three yards out - the goal gaping. In that same minute Taylor looked to impact the game replacing Luque and Dobson (questionable) with Grant and Will Wright yet keeping ineffectual Quigley on the pitch.
Reece Grant looked to make an instant impact challenging with Leon Clarke in the opposition area but the aerial duel resulted in a goal kick. Just moments after that goal kick was taken Peter Taylor made his third and final change introducing McQueen in place of Eleftheriou who played pretty well. However unfortunately for Andrew there was no one to get on the end of his crosses today as Quigley was the only man in the opposition box with Balanta on occasion.
For the next fifteen to twenty minutes Dagenham pushed for a breakthrough with Balanta getting a shot off which should have resulted in a corner - the ref thought otherwise. The threat wasn’t clear up the other end as Halifax nearly put the game to bed with the always dangerous Sho-Silva lunged and just missed a ball across the goal. Justham was called into action minutes later as the clock showed under ten minutes remained of normal time; Dagenham’s No.1 got down well to deny a long range effort. The Visitors persistently bombarded the box as Balanta saw his effort blocked before McQueen stood a cross up towards the back post however this pressure didn’t trouble Sam Johnson at all.
The final chance to snatch a point came as Alex McQueen stood over a free kick around 22 yards out but it went straight into the wall. It felt like a great symbol of the game in which The Daggers just couldn’t turn any effort goal-wards as Rebecca Welch blew her whistle to indicate full time. There were many dejected faces sitting on The Shay pitch at the game’s close and the frustration didn’t end there as the travelling supporters were less than impressed. Mainly by the likes of Quigley in attack and Peter Taylor whose tactics again baffled many.
So it is now three points taken from nine and I feel at least a win preferably two need to follow next week as The Daggers host Boreham Wood and Harrogate. Again the Taylor in or out? Question has been raised again and my thoughts on that are he has made some questionable decisions tactically but I would see him leave in October if we aren’t in and around the play offs. Until then I fully support the man at the helm of our team and the players themselves who will no doubt give everything - The thoughts of those people are below:
Thanks for reading,
Keane 💙❤️⚔️ COYD