Dagenham & Redbridge win more important to Fejiri Okenabirhie even after stunning debut against Southport
PUBLISHED: 16:47 08 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:47 08 August 2016
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Daggers winger delighted with how opening day went against Port
Dagenham & Redbridge winger Fejiri Okenabirhie says the opening day win over Southport in the National League was far more important than his display against the Merseyside club, even if it was a scintillating start to life at his new club.
Having joined from Harrow Borough of the Ryman Premier in the summer, Okenabirhie took just 15 minutes into his full debut to get on the scoresheet against the Port, prodding home from close range.
The 20-year-old then turned provider eight minutes later, assiting Luke Guttridge who doubled the hosts’ advantage from 12 yards.
Jordan Maguire-Drew, who missed a first half penalty at Victoria Road, wrapped up the three points when nodding in a rebound in the 67th minute.
The result leaves Daggers top of the table, albeit after only one game, but Okenabirhie was pleased the new-look squad were able to start triumphantly.
“It was great to get the win, that’s the most important thing. To get a goal in my first game at home was good,” said the ex-Stevenage forward.
“We wanted to have a good start to the season. The first game, we’ve won 3-0 and kept a clean sheet, so it couldn’t have gone any better really.
“It was a good performance. At the start we had to break them down a bit, they defended well to begin with. Once we got the goal and started playing our game, we did well and it was a good day.”
Daggers were well on top during the opening exchanges before Okenabirhie scored the opener from close range after a quarter of an hour.
The youngster showed good reflexes to react fastest after a Maguire-Drew free kick had been headed onto the bar by a Southport player to slam home, and he admits the goal was purely down to instinct.
“Jordan crossed it in, one of their players headed it off the bar and it’s just come to me. I took a touch and stuck it in from a few yards out,” he added.
As for the second, Okenabirhie showed quick feet to get past two defenders on the right wing before teeing up Guttridge, and the new signing was happy to show the fans his potential.
“It was a tight spot in there and I tried to make something happen. Luckily it came off and we got the goal from it and that was even better.”