Daggers fall to another defeat as dominant Ebbsfleet run riot
PUBLISHED: 17:01 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 29 September 2018
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National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Ebbsfleet United 3
Dagenham & Redbridge suffer a third consecutive defeat as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to a dominant performance from Ebbsfleet United.
A brace from Danny Kedwell and another from Chris Bush sealed the three points for Ebbsfleet against the 10-men host after Ben Goodliffe was sent off in the second-half at Victoria Road.
Manager Peter Taylor has made three changes to the side who lost 2-0 to Solihull Moors in mid-week with Alex McQueen, Alex Davey and new signing Shamir Mullings coming in to replace Gavin Hoyte, Chike Kandi and Noel Leighton.
While, Fleet opted to start new loan signing Reise Allassani as well recalling Kenny Clark and Danny Kedwell, while Sam Magri, Jack Powell, Michael Cheek.
Daryl McMahon’s side came flying out the traps and had a golden chance in the fourth minute when Dean Rance had a free header inside the box but Elliott Justham pulled off a huge save and pushed it out for a corner.
Former Daggers man Corey Whitely then whipped the ball into the box from the corner and found the head of defender Chris Bush who found the net in the fifth minute to give the visitors the lead.
Fleet continued to pile the pressure on as they had another corner shortly after this time Whitely played it short and then drilled a shot of his own towards the goal, but sent it wide of the post.
The visitors new signing Reise Allasani then drove into the box and let fly but Justham came up trumps to deny the attacker.
Four minutes later Allassani, who looked full of energy, made another run down the left but his low cross was gathered by Justham.
The Coventry City loanee then had another chance but once again shot wide after leaving Ben Goodliffe for dead.
In the 18th minute Harry Donovan and Ebou Adams both went down in some real pain after mistiming a challenge.
The Daggers man is the one to come away a booking after a long delay in play as both side’s come together while the two were down.
Whitely then hit the side netting in the 23rd minute after a tricky run after being picked out by a long clearance from Danny Kedwell who picked off a poor cross from Matt Robinson.
Eight minutes later Kedwell doubled his side’s lead as he rammed the ball home at the neat post after a Myles Weston cross.
Weston glided past Donovan with ease after being picked out on the flank by Adams after he linked up with Whitely.
Daggers did claw one back in the 42nd minute as new signing Shamir Mullings fired a shot into the roof of the net at the near post after a cross from Elliot Romain from the right.
In added time Fleet’s Dean Rance was frustrated after not being given a foul and took out Romain after the play and was given a warning.
The hosts came out fast in the second-half but it was Fleet who got the first real chance of the half when Kedwell was denied at the back post from Justham after a Weston corner.
In the 56th minute the visitors were awarded a penalty as Goodliffe pulled down Whitely who had too much pace for the defender as he attempted to latch onto a through ball for substitute Jack Powell.
Goodliffe was sent off and the experienced striker Kedwell slotted it into the bottom left corner to grab his second of the afternoon and make it 3-1.
Dagenham then pushed forward after re-shaping their side with Romain curling an effort in from the left after substitute Chike Kandi played him through.
Taylor’s side finally came to life in the 77th minute as a dangerous cross was sprayed across goal from Robinson, but Kandi was too late to the ball and headed wide.
Substitute and former Daggers man Michael Cheek rifled a shot on target after coming off the bench but was denied by Justham.
Fleet’s Whitely and Luke Coulson both miss good chances in the final few minutes here.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, McQueen, Davey, Goodliffe, Pennell, Gordon (Kandi 45), Wright, Robinson, Donovan, Romain, Mullings (Bellamy 59)
Unused subs: Moore, Hoyte, Bellamy, Adeloye.
Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore, Weston, Winfield, Clark, Graham, Bush, Rance (Powell 45), Adams, Allassani (Coulson 72), Whitely, Kedwell (Cheek 79).
Unused subs: Magri and Shields.