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Posted Wed 14 Jan 15 at 05:00 AM

Cambridge 1 Daggers 1

Ashley Hemmings second half header ensured Daggers did something Manchester United couldn’t at Abbey Stadium and score against Cambridge United.

However Cameron McGeehan volley in the opening 45 meant Wayne Burnett’s team had to settle for a point.
Cambridge nearly went ahead inside three minutes when Mark Cousins took too heavy a touch following Ayo Obileye’s pass back.
But Tom Elliot’s block fortunately rolled wide of the Daggers goal and it remained goalless.
The visitors settled after that opportunity and Billy Bingham and Ashley Hemmings both tried their luck from range, but fired wide.
The shot on sight philosophy was welcomed though with Rhys Murphy the only man to find the net over the past two months for Burnett’s team.
Despite the Victoria Road outfit starting promisingly at Abbey Stadium they found themselves behind in the 24th minute.
Ryan Donaldson put a corner into the box and Michael Nelson’s flick on was brilliantly volleyed into the net by Cameron McGeehan.
But Daggers look to get level immediately and got into various promising positions – they just couldn’t show the relevant quality.
Damian Batt overhit a cross, Murphy was tackled superbly by Nelson and Jamie Cureton volleyed over twice within five minutes of the opener.
Murphy was impressing as he kept picking up the ball in front of the Cambridge defence and he set up Andre Boucaud for a chance. The Trinidad and Tobago international curled wide from outside the area, though.
And 1-0 was how it remained until half time although Daggers had looked more of a threat than in previous matches.
Murphy nearly levelled in the 49th minute, but his goalbound volley was excellently blocked by Richard Tait to keep his team in the lead.
But Burnett’s side did equalise just past he hour mark when Hemmings deft header beat Chris Dunn to level the scores.
The winger had won a free kick from nothing and Boucaud’s delivery was perfect and allowed Hemmings to nod home.
Again Murphy was involved soon after, but he shot over as Daggers look to take the lead.
But unsurprisingly Cambridge came back into the contest and Scott Doe was forced to clear Nelson’s volley off the line.
Both teams pushed to get the decisive third goal. However, it wasn’t forthcoming and they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Obileye, Doe, Widdowson, Bingham, Howell (Ogogo 79), Boucaud (Labadie 87), Hemmings, Cureton (Jakubiak 82), Murphy.
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Saah, Chambers, Jones.
Attendance: 4,068 (128 Dagenham & Redbridge supporters).


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