Hall double dumps out Daggers
Daggers 1 Southend 3
Dagenham & Redbridge slipped out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, as former player Ryan Hall struck twice to send Southend United through to the area quarter-finals.
Hall, who played eight times for Daggers in a two-month loan spell in 2008, opened the scoring on 30 minutes when he strode forwards untracked, collected Ryan Leonard’s throw and shot low past Chris Lewington.
But Hall missed a golden opportunity to double Southend’s lead five minutes into the second half, after Damien McCrory was penalised for a foul on Leonard inside the box.
Hall’s spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Lewington and Daggers subsequently enjoyed their best spell of the game.
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On 66 minutes they equalised when McCrory’s 20-yard free-kick took a huge deflection off the wall and wrong-footed keeper Glen Morris.
But as thoughts turned to another JPT penalty shoot-out, Hall fired Southend back in front after wriggling between Phil Walsh and Mark Arber and blasting past Lewington.
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A tame Brian Woodall header was the closest the home side came to levelling three minutes from time, but the tie was sealed with the last kick of the game as substitute Neil Harris finished into an empty net after his initial shot was pushed out by man of the match Lewington.
Daggers: Lewington, Doe (Ilesanmi 46), Walsh, Arber, Rose, McCrory, Maher, Bingham, Tomlin (Dominic Green 82), Woodall, Hewitt (Reed 79). Subs: Hogan, Lee.
Southend: Morris, Clohessy, Mohsni, Barker, Gilbert, Leonard, Timlin, Kalala, Hall, Grant (Harris 52), Sturrock. Subs: James-Lewis, Coughlan, Johnson, Bentley.
Attendance: 2, 393 (including 915 Southend supporters).