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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:37 PM

Morecambe 2 Daggers 3

Luke Howell, Ayo Obileye and Jamie Cureton netted to gives Daggers supporters a late Valentine’s Day present against Morecambe.

Andy Flemming and Jack Redshaw scored for the home team, but Wayne Burnett’s team were always in control and earned another hard fought three points.

The visitors made an unbelievable start at Globe Arena as Howell put them ahead inside the opening minutes.

Morecambe failed to clear a ball into the box and the midfielder riffled home, via a deflection, to give Daggers the perfect start.

They tried to build on it as well with Billy Bingham having a shot blocked on the edge of the area, whilst various deliveries into the area were close to being converted.

However the Shrimps slowly got back into the game and Kevin Ellison tried to get a shot off, but it was blocked by captain Abu Ogogo.

But with 24 minutes on the clock Jim Bentley’s team did equalise. Mark Cousins couldn’t hold onto Jamie Devitt’s shot and Shaun Beeley crossed into the box for Andy Fleming to bundle home from close range.

Daggers should have gone back in front six minutes later when Howell drove into the box and teed up Ashley Hemmings.

But Morecambe keeper Andreas Arestidou pushed his close range shot up in the air and the hosts were able to clear.

The end to end feel of the game continued and after Ayo Obileye had fired a free kick into the wall, Shrimps nearly went ahead.

Ellison took a quick free kick out to Beeley, he crossed into the box for Laurence Wilson, but Cousins was equal to his shot and tipped it over the bar and it remained 1-1 at the break.

Like they did in the first period, Daggers start the half strongly and went back in front in the 48th minute.

Mark Hughes couldn’t deal with Bingham’s high free kick and let the ball drop inside the box, Obileye came in and poked over Arestidou before firing into the empty net to make it 2-1.

Five minutes later and the away team doubled their advantage with Cureton again proving age is just a number.

Bingham won the ball in midfield and played Hemmings down the left side, he crossed into the box and Cureton was there to tap in at the near post.

The experienced forward could have scored another shortly afterwards from another Hemmings cross, but this time he missed the target.

Although Morecambe pushed to get a second goal, Daggers defended brilliantly and restricted any opportunities to long range efforts.

But with four minutes added on they did reduce the arrears when Jack Redshaw skipped past a few challenges and fired in from close range.

It didn’t matter, though, as Daggers weren’t troubled in the remaining few seconds and secured a victory which takes them up to 17th in the table.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Ogogo, Doe, Obileye, Widdowson, Howell, Bingham, Boucaud (Connors 90), Hemmings, Cureton, Jakubiak (Yusuff).

Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Saah, Chambers, Carr, Jones.

Attendance: 1,351 (70 Daggers supporters).

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