Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Leyton Orient 0: Daggers and Orient to meet again in FA Cup replay
PUBLISHED: 16:58 14 October 2017
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Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Leyton Orient 0
Dagenham & Redbridge and Leyton Orient must do it all again after their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie ended in a draw.
In a first half played at a good tempo, Orient were unfortunate not to take the lead after hitting the bar twice in quick succession.
The second half followed a similar narrative, with boys sides pushing hard, but unable to beat either keeper.
Daggers made three changes for the clash, with Kevin Lokko, Elliott Romain and Corey Whitely returning to the starting XI.
The trio came into the line-up in place of Ben Nunn, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Luke Howell, who both dropped to the bench.
With back-up goalkeeper Elliot Justham injured and third-choice custodian Lewis Moore cup tied, Daggers named academy stopper Louis Chapman on the bench.
Orient were without the cup-tied Mark Ellis and James Brophy, as well as the injured Jobi McAnuff for the trip to their local rivals, forcing them into three changes.
In their palace came Dan Happe, Myles Judd and James Dayton, while Zain Westbrooke, signed on loan from Brentford in the week, was on the bench.
Morgan Ferrier took the first shot in anger in the seventh minute, but the Daggers forward shot straight at O’s stopper Charlie Grainger from 18 yards.
Less than a minute later, the visitors went close when skipper David Mooney beat the offside trap, but lobbed wide of the far post.
In the ninth minute, Daggers midfielder Charlee Adams saw an effort blocked behind, which led to a four corners in succession that ultimately came to nothing.
Nine minutes later, the Victoria Road side went close again when Jake Howells delivered a delicious free kick, but no colleague could get on the end of it.
Orient, though, came closest by far, with both Macauley Bonne and David Mooney heading against the bar in the 23rd minute following good build-up play.
Ferrier was certainly causing the O’s defence problems with his strength, bulldozing his way through on goal four minutes later, but his effort was saved by Grainger.
With five minutes left in the half, Corey Whitely nearly opened the scoring in fortuitous fashion, curling a corner from the left just wide of the far post.
However, neither side were able to find a breakthrough as they went into the break with the score goalless.
Just five minutes after the restart, though, the hosts were unfortunate not to take the lead when Romain headed wide of the post following a free kick.
Two minutes later, Ferrier showed good strength again to fashion room for a shot, but ended up firing off target.
Romain was involved again in the 57th minute, drawing a wonderful save from Grainger with a glancing header.
In a period of dominance for the hosts, defender Craig Robson then headed over from a corner two minutes later.
Those misses were almost costly for Daggers as Macauley Bonne nodded over for Orient following a Dayton cross in the 62nd minute.
With 13 minutes remaining in the match, Whitely almost fired the hosts in front in spectacular fashion, shooting just wide from 25 yards.
Six minutes later, the former Enfield Town man went close again after another strong run from midfield, but again shot wide.
That was as close as either side came in the closing minutes to a goal, with Daggers and Orient to meet in the replay at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night.
Dagenham (4-2-3-1): Cousins; Ling, Doe, Robson, Lokko; Adams, Boucaud; Whitely (Howell 90+3), Ferrier (Bloomfield 74), Howells; Romain.
Subs: Chapman (GK), Nunn, Robinson, Okenabirhie, N’Gala.
Orient (3-5-2): Grainger; Sendles-White, Happe, Widdowson; Caprice (Westbrooke 88), Clay, Lawless (Boco 66), Dayton, Judd; Mooney (Sotiriou 90), Bonne.
Subs: Sargeant (GK), Clark, Ochieng, Dalby.
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Attendance: 2,529 (including 911 Orient fans).
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