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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:30 PM

Oxford 3 Daggers 3

A fine strike from skipper Abu Ogogo saw Daggers stretch their unbeaten run to three games in another all-action thriller at the Kassam Stadium.
It was Ogogo’s third in as many games as the encounter swayed one way, then the other, but the visitors will be thankful of another point on the board after initially letting a 2-1 lead slip.

Alex Jakubiak had given the U’s a third minute lead, only for Ashley Hemmings to level four minutes later.

That was how it remained at the break before Jamie Cureton, fresh from celebrating his 39th birthday in the week, put the visitors in front.

However the drama wasn’t over as a Danny Hylton double, one from the penalty spot, put Michael Appleton’s side on the verge of their first win.

But Ogogo popped up when the Daggers needed him the most with a fine 35-yard strike past home goalkeeper George Long to seal a share of the spoils.

Boss Wayne Burnett had kept faith with the side which had won the last two games, but they got off to a sloppy start.

Striker Carlton Morris had already gone close for the hosts and they didn’t have to wait too much longer before taking the lead when Joe Riley’s ball in was slotted home from close range by

But not to be undone the Daggers went on the immediate search for an equaliser and on seven minutes they had done just that.

Luke Howell superbly played in Cureton but rather than shoot the unselfish striker played in Hemmings who had the simplest of finishes.

There was plenty of action at both ends as Alfie Potter was then denied by the far post before Scott Doe’s last-ditch block denied Hylton a goalscoring opportunity.

The chances continued to come though as the half wore on as Ashley Hemmings fizzed an effort just wide of the target, but it would remain one apiece at the break.

After a lacklustre start to the opening period, it was a much better one in the second half from Burnett’s side.

Howell once again played a part as his pass found Cureton and the 39-year-old sent a low shot past George Long in the U’s goal.

But despite that brighter start, the lead didn’t last long as the hosts levelled 10 minutes into the half when Tom Newey’s ball in found Hylton who rose higher than Brian Saah to head past Liam O’Brien.

And from looking comfortable the Daggers soon found themselves behind when Doe was adjudged to have pulled back Jakubiak in the box, and Hylton doubled his tally from the penalty spot despite
O’Brien guessing the right way.

Substitute George Porter almost made an instant impact though when the ball fell to him on the edge of the area, however, he shot wide.

But all was forgotten when the Daggers levelled in exceptional circumstances on 71 minutes through Ogogo.

The ball sat up nicely for the skipper from distance and he sent an effort over the head of Long before celebrating in front of the 187 Daggers supporters who made the trip to the Kassam Stadium.

The action wasn’t over there as the visitors had to survive two late penalty scares, which referee Gary Sutton waved away.

And though the Daggers may look back at it as two points dropped when being 2-1 up in the second period, their never-say-die spirit can never be questioned after making yet another comeback.
Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien, Connors (Batt 64), Doe, Saah, Cureton, Ogogo, Chambers (Labadie 90), Howell, Partridge, Hemmings (Porter 64), Boucaud.
Unused substitutes: Cousins, Gayle, Goldberg, Raymond.

Attendance: 4,391 (including 158 Dagenham & Redbridge fans).

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