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Saturday, January 4, 2014
League Two: York City 3 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
The season of goodwill has drawn to a close but Daggers gift wrapped the three points for York City in a second half to forget.
After a solid opening half, the visitors were made to pay for their missed opportunities as a double from Wes Fletcher and one for Ryan Bowman put the Minstermen firmly on course for victory.
Rhys Murphy pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining but the Daggers had done enough to help the hosts on their way to a comfortable win.
Three changes were made by manager Wayne Burnett after the 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon with Femi Ilesanmi, Luke Wilkinson and Zavon Hines in for Jack Connors, Lawson D’Ath and Afolabi Obafemi.
The game started in a positive fashion, with Abu Ogogo inches away from putting his side in the lead after just two minutes
Ilesanmi was in clear just inside the box and his dinked ball in found the run of the Daggers skipper, but the headed effort went over the bar.
Michael Coulson forced Lewington into a good stop low down in the hosts first real effort, but the better chances were falling to the Daggers.
And home goalkeeper Michael Ingham almost inadvertently put the ball into his own net when coming out for a corner.
His attempted clearance somehow ended behind him though and the Minstermen had to be thankful to Lanre Oyebanjo to hack clear off the line.
Daggers looked solid in all aspects of the game, with York creating very little to test Lewington in the goal.
But there were guilty of missing a few chances up the other end as Zavon Hines floated in a dangerous free-kick and Ogogo once again was the man on the end of it, but he headed wide with Ingham rooted to the spot.
Femi Ilesanmi looked threatening down the left as well, and laid the ball back for Medy Elito only for his effort to be deflected behind for a corner.
And from the resulting delivery in, Murphy was hanging around at the edge of the area and the ball in found him, but his shot was blocked in a crowded box and diverted behind for a goal kick.
Those missed chances proved to cost the Daggers at the start of the second half though as York profited from some poor play by the visitors after just six minutes of the second half.
Lewington’s miscued clearance was gathered and Bowman was able to run through the Daggers defence and shoot low past an onrushing Lewington.
Things went from bad to worse though when York added a second on 65 minutes.
Wes Fletcher came in off the left, put a cross into the box which took a deflected and looped over Lewington at the back post.
Any hopes of getting anything out of the match firmly went when they gave away possession once again from a throw in and Fletcher slotted home from just inside the box.
Bowman was denied a fourth when Lewington came out to block, while Caulson was thwarted by Lewington’s legs.
Daggers did get on the scoresheet with 10 minutes remaining as Murphy beat the offside trap and slotted past an onrushing Ingham but that will prove little consolation as they made the long trip home pointless.
York City: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Davies, McGurk, Coulson (Chambers 84), Fletcher, Carson (Puri 77), Montrose, Lowe, Platt, Bowman.
Unused substitutes: Fyfield, McDonald, Allan, Brobbel, Whitehouse.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Saah, Doe, Ilesanmi, Wilkinson (Edgar 62), Howell, Ogogo, Elito (Obafemi 76), Murphy, Hines
Unused substitutes: Anderson, Connors, Scott, Dickson, Shields.
Attendance: 3,207 (105 Daggers fans)