FA Cup: Maidenhead United 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Josh Walker struck to send Dagenham & Redbridge through to the second round of the FA Cup at York Road.

Myles Weston and Omar Mussa returned to the starting line-up, after last Saturday’s win over Wealdstone, and George Saunders was named on the bench following his recovery from a broken leg.

And after Josh Hare was shown an early yellow card, Walker was left hurt by a strong challenge by a Magpies defender on 15 minutes.

Daggers kept possession well against their National League rivals, playing some nice football without creating any clear-cut chances as the first half progressed, with Junior Morias trying his luck to no avail from 25 yards on 28 minutes.

The best chance came three minutes before the break when Morias found Mussa on the edge of the box, but he scuffed a left-footed effort wide.

And Daggers were then inches away from opening the scoring on the stroke of half-time when Mussa saw his corner hit the post.

Mussa went close again just three minutes after the restart with a stunning effort that was just inches wide, but Harry Phipps had his name taken on 56 minutes and Daggers survived a goalmouth scramble on the hour mark.

Alan Devonshire’s home side were reduced to 10 men midway through the half when Will De Havilland was dismissed for a second bookable offence, with Mussa firing over moments later as the visitors looked to make their numerical superiority count.

Walker fired a good chance wide for Daggers when played through on 79 minutes, but he made amends seconds later when another opportunity was presented to him and he made no mistake.

And that proved decisive as Daryl McMahon’s men ensured their name would be in the hat for the second-round draw.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Hare, Onariase, Phipps, Sagaf, Weston, Rance, Robinson, Mussa, Walker, Morias. Unused subs: Dixson, Franz, Zouma, Janneh, Saunders, E Johnson, Nkwonta.


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