Date Monday 26th August 2019 | 15:00 Competition Vanarama National League Venue Victoria Road Attendance 1453 Home/Away Split 1214 | 239 Referee Samuel Barrott
01: Elliot JUSTHAM 04: Manny ONARIASE 05: Luke CROLL 06: Kenny CLARK 07: Alex MCQUEEN 08: Mitch BRUNDLE 10:Ángelo BALANTA 11: Bagasan GRAHAM 12: Matt ROBINSON 15: Joe QUIGLEY 22: Andrew ELEFTHERIOU
- LIAM GORDON - REECE GRANT - HARRY PHIPPS - JOAN LUQUE | ELEFTHERIOU (54') - JAMES DOBSON | GRAHAM (54')
12: Marcin BRZOZOWSKI02: Craig ALCOCK 03: Carl DICKINSON 06: Luke WILKINSON 07: Matthew WORTHINGTON 08: Lawson D'ATH 09: Rhys MURPHY 14: Courtney DUFFUS 18: Albi SKENDI 19: Tom BRADBURY 26: Charlie LEE
- MYLES HIPPOLYTE | D'ATH (79') - GABRIEL ROGERS - NESTOR SHAKO - TOM WHELAN | LEE (66') - REMEAO HUTTON | ALCOCK (46')
It was 90 minutes of mostly disappointing football defined by a split second which epitomised the incomprehensible emotions of the sport. As Joe Quigley wheeled away in celebration following his LAST-GASP winner that sent Victoria Road into chaos, every negative aspect of the game was rapidly eradicated; All Yeovil's chances, the world class saves Justham was forced into, both sloppy goals, poor defending - swiftly forgotten amidst the current of celebrating bodies across all four ends of the ground. the introductions of Luque and Dobson from the bench completely changed the game as the Daggers, a transformed outfit from their first-half showing, led 2-1 with ten minutes left following goals from Quigley and Onariase. An instant response from yeovil made it 2-2 so it seemed as if Taylor's side would have to settle for a point that in truth they were still somewhat fortunate to have, but then the clock reached 90+5 and PANDEMONIUM descended in Rm10.
The nature of the first-half certainly didn't match up to the eventual scoreline, as both teams looked drab and somewhat unimaginative in their play. Against a backdrop of sweltering, sticky heat that culminated in three drinks' breaks during the first period alone, the unrelenting August schedule seemed to be taking it's toll. For Dagenham, there was five changes and the absence of Luque and Kandi meant that they lacked the spark of the previous weekend's performance at home to Harrogate Town. However, while they were so frequently let down by the final incisive through-ball, a moment of brilliance did unlock Yeovil's defence in the first ten minutes. Balanta, who has been the difference-maker so often already this season, somehow wriggled free of two Glovers' defenders in the box, before clipping a delicate cross/shot against the top of the bar.
That was the only real time the Daggers were able to fashion a meaningful opportunity throughout the entire half. In the next 20 minutes both Robinson and Quigley had tame shots blocked, while a few crosses were also swung into the box but to no avail. Taylor's side kept possession well, something they've been doing increasingly better throughout the last few weeks, but no attack had much substance to it. It was a similar story for Yeovil, who started cautiously having lost their last couple of games. As the game wore on, though, the tide began to turn in the Glovers' favour. In Rhys Murphy, a player who needs no introduction to the Daggers having spent just under two years at the club, they had a striker who always carried a threat in attack. While the game was fairly even, with indifferent displays from both sides, Yeovil looked the likelier to score.
Murphy arched a low, curling strike towards the bottom corner with 34 minutes gone and Justham produced the first of several magnificent saves during the afternoon. Another shot from Murphy was blocked just before the half-time whistle, which came at a good time for the hosts' as their Somerset visitors were seizing more control of the encounter and seemingly edging towards an opening goal. A regroup at the break and a chance for Peter Taylor to reaffirm what he wanted from his side, whom he would need more urgency and intensity from after the break. It couldn't have been a worse restart to the game as Rhys Murphy headed home from point-blank range within twenty seconds. A blue flare formed part of Yeovil's exuberant celebrations, making it even more unbearable for the Daggers supporters who knew their side had a big task on their hands to battle their way back into the encounter.
Then came a huge moment and one could be pinpointed as a possible turning point in the match. Murphy bore down on goal, with Onariase and Clark a stride behind him, and forced Justham into a great low save. Four minutes after that came another crucial event in the game as Joan Luque and James Dobson were substituted on for Graham and Eleftheriou respectively. The reaction was instant, Dobson struck fiercely at Brzozowski then Luque was kept out at the near post. Soon after, the spate of quick-fire pressure paid dividends when Alex McQueen registered his third assist of the season by producing a deep, out-swinging cross for Joe Quigley to nod home from close range. Ten minutes and everything had changed and a completely different mood circulated across Victoria Road. Now it was end-to-end, and a dramatic 65th minute was symptomatic of this as Justham tipped over smartly from the ever-dangerous Murphy, mere seconds after Balanta struck the bar for Dagenham.
It was anyone's game, with belief and nervousness in equal measure for both sets of supporters. Daggers peaked at the perfect time, with confidence coursing through their veins during a dramatic final 15 minutes. Then, after chances for Quigley and Balanta, it arrived. A tame header from Onariase at the far-post squirmed gloriously into the bottom-left corner after a beautiful cross from Luque and the Daggers were in the lead. After offering little in the first-half and conceding early in the second, the East London outfit had been sparked into life and, as always, had bounced from one extreme to the very other in such a small space of time. Yeovil were always going to throw everything at their opponents and it didn't for one second look as if Dagenham were home and dry just yet. Nine minutes plus injury time they had to negotiate and it promised to be a long and restless time.
They lasted twenty seconds after the restart last time and, needless to say, were hoping that history wouldn't repeat itself. In fairness, there was improvement because they managed to hold out for an extra ten seconds this time. No sooner were the home fans celebrating a possible winning goal when Matt Worthington arrived in the box to fire into the roof of the net - the momentum had switched yet again in what was quickly turning into a crazy game. It certainly wasn't a conclusion anyone would've foreseen at half-time and still, with just a few minutes left, the match could have gone either way. Now it was the Glovers who were on top as the roles were reversed yet again. They'd found an injection of energy and it nearly yielded a goal for Darren Sarll's men. Murphy yet again, this time he got off a quick shot from Hippolyte's low cross and it seemed to be heading for the top corner but in an absolutely vital moment that unfolded almost in slow motion, Elliot Justham produced a huge, logic-defying save. With a minuscule finger-tip, he diverted it on to the angle where the post meets the crossbar.
It was as monumental as a goal itself, but there was the feeling that it would only delay the inevitable. All of a sudden, Dagenham were at severe risk of losing a game they'd 'won' just a few minutes earlier. Then, another twist. had the ball gone out of play at that moment, it would've been game over. Instead Dobson found Quigley unmarked, though, and rapturous scenes unfolded. His first touch was glorious, and his second sent the ball perfectly into the bottom corner as the stadium erupted around him. 95 minutes on the clock - Daggers had won the game in beautiful fashion.