National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Gateshead 2

Junior Morias Dagenham & Redbridge

Junior Morias celebrates scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against Gateshead - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Junior Morias struck in injury time to rescue a point for Dagenham & Redbridge on the opening day of the National League season.

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon shows his frustration on the touchline - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Only six minutes had been played at Victoria Road when the visitors took the lead through Paul Blackett.

Omar Mussa Dagenham & Redbridge Dan Ward Gateshead

Omar Mussa of Dagenham & Redbridge and Dan Ward of Gateshead battle for the ball - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

And after Manny Onariase was shown a yellow card, Gateshead doubled their advantage on 12 minutes as Adam Campbell netted from close range.

Mauro Vilhete Dagenham & Redbridge Greg Olley Gateshead

Mauro Vilhete of Dagenham & Redbridge and Greg Olley of Gateshead battle for the ball - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Shellshocked Daggers began to get themselves into the game around the 20-minute mark as Omar Mussa found Myles Weston, whose cross was deflected behind for a corner which came to nothing.

Josh Walker Dagenham & Redbridge

Josh Walker of Dagenham & Redbridge goes close to a goal against Gateshead - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

And the home side were given a chance to hit back when they were awarded a penalty on 24 minutes, only for Paul McCallum to see his spot-kick saved by James Montgomery.

Paul McCallum Dagenham & Redbridge penalty saved

Paul McCallum of Dagenham & Redbridge saw his penalty saved by Gateshead keeper James Montgomery - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Elliot Justham produced a fantastic save to deny Gateshead a third goal before the half-hour mark after a quick counter-attack, before Daggers did manage to halve the deficit six minutes from time.

Matt Robinson Dagenham & Redbridge

Matt Robinson of Dagenham & Redbridge attacks against Gateshead - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Great play from captain Matt Robinson on the left led to a floated cross into the box and McCallum made amends for his penalty miss by opening his account for the campaign.

Paul McCallum Dagenham & Redbridge

Paul McCallum scores the first goal of the season for Dagenham & Redbridge against Gateshead - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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That gave the hosts renewed belief during the break, with Onariase making way for David Longe-King to make his competitive debut for the club in the second half.

Paul McCallum Dagenham & Redbridge celebration

Paul McCallum celebrates scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against Gateshead - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

And Weston almost found the head of McCallum eight minutes after the restart, after whipping in a cross, before Mussa was replaced by Mo Sagaf.

Dean Rance made way for Morias in Daryl McMahon's third change midway through the half, as the hosts bolstered their attack, but Montgomery produced a save as McCallum and Sagaf looked to level.

And Montgomery gathered a cross from Weston, who looked to pick out McCallum after good work from Morias in the build-up as Daggers continued to put the pressure on.

Elliott Johnson had to be alert to get back and prevent a Gateshead counter, though, with a well-timed tackle on 84 minutes, before five minutes of stoppage time were signalled.

An off-balance Josh Walker fired a shot on the turn wide but Daggers drew level when Morias danced through some Gateshead challenges in the box and fired past Montgomery.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Hare, Onariase (Longe-King 46), Johnson, Weston, Mussa (Sagaf 56), Rance (Morias 66), Robinson, Vilhete, McCallum, Walker. Unused subs: Tavares, Ling, Morias.

Attendance: 1,455.