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Monday, December 9, 2013
Essex Senior Cup: Dagenham & Redbridge 5 East Thurrock United 1
Three goals in five second half minutes helped Daggers set up a date with reigning Essex Senior Cup holders AFC Hornchurch in the quarter-finals.
David Bryant gave the visitors a 12th minute lead but two for Chris Dickson and Jordan Pykes, and one for Sean Shields sealed the victory over the Ryman Premier side.
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett used the opportunity to look at many of his fringe players including Shields, Dickson, Matt Saunders, and Josh Scott.
And it was the Shields who made the biggest impressing of the night, seeing an early shot deflected behind for a corner by Rocks goalkeeper David Hughes.
Another mazy run from the former St Albans man resulted in another shot on goal, but this time Hughes was able to gather.
But with their first chance of 12 minutes East Thurrock took the lead.
A weak back header from Scott Doe was capitalised on by David Bryant, who nipped in and shot low past Jordan Seabright.
But their lead only lasted nine minutes as a defensive mistake up the other end allowed Dickson to profit.
Hughes and right back Ryan Sammons tangled and Dickson slotted home despite the last ditch attempt of Simon Glover to keep the effort out.
Dickson should have given the hosts the lead eight minutes before the break when getting on the end of Anthony Edgar’s cross but he headed across goal and wide.
But it was a lively start to the second half with Daggers taking the lead inside the first three minutes.
A ball over the top found its way to Dickson who from an acute angle fired past Hughes for his second double in this competition, after netting twice in the 3-0 win over Romford in the previous round.
That angle was tight for the second, but the third was even tighter.
A lovely piece of individual play from Shields saw him shoot low past Hughes and went in off the far post.
And a third inside five minutes saw the hosts book their place In the quarter-finals against reigning champions AFC Hornchurch.
The ball worked its way to Pykes on the edge of the area and he curled an effort into the bottom corner past Hughes.
Former Dagger Stuart Thurgood came on for the Rocks but that did little to stem the tide as Pykes added a fifth following a lovely crossfield ball from Anthony Edgar.
Dagenham & Redrbidge: Seabright, Hibbert (Rumens 76), Connors, Doe, Stewart (Ferguson 46), Pykes, Shields, Saunders, Dickson, Scott (Sidhu 76), Edgar.
Unused substitutes:Yexley, Bloomfield,
East Thurrock United: Hughes, Sammons, Stephen, Dawson (Peddie 61), Sheehan, Glover, Hopkins (Thurgood 61), Parmenter, Bryant, Livings, Hackett (McKenzie 46).
Unused substitutes: Anderson, Mott.