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2009-08-26T13:48:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:54:13

Daggers defeated

West Ham United cruised to a 2-0 reserve-team friendly win over Dagenham and Redbridge on Wednesday afternoon

First half goals from Anthony Edgar and Cristian Montano saw the Hammers to victory over their east London neighbours at a blustery Little Heath.

Alex Dyer's hosts dominated from first to last, with the Daggers rarely venturing out of their own half for longer than a few moments.

Dyer named a strong side for the fixture, with left-back Fabio Daprela and central midfielder Olly Lee appearing just 16 hours after warming the substitutes bench during the Carling Cup second round win over Millwall at the Boleyn Ground. Bondz N'Gala captained the side, with Peter Kurucz starting in goal and Nigel Quashie anchoring the midfield.

While they were largely outplayed, Dagenham did create the game's first chance, only for a curling free-kick taken by their left-winger to bounce narrowly wide of the far post on six minutes.

The Hammers took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 12th minute. Lee was brought down just outside the visitors' penalty area, and Edgar smashed the resulting free-kick past the wall and into the bottom left-hand corner.

West Ham's second goal arrived in comical circumstances eight minutes later. There appeared to be little danger when Quashie's hopeful punt looped over the Daggers defence, only for the goalkeeper to completely misjudge it and allow the ball to bounce over his head. The alert Montano nipped in and slotted into the vacant net.

Edgar came close to extending West Ham's lead a minute before half-time following good work by Daprela, only for his low drive to be blocked by the goalkeeper's legs.

A flurry of substitutions reduced the tempo of the game after the break, with chances proving hard to come by at both ends of the pitch. Lee went closest, only for his shot to be deflected wide of the post by the Dagenham and Redbridge left-back.

All in all, manager Dyer will be pleased with the workout ahead of his side's opening Barclays Premier Reserve League South fixture at champions Aston Villa on Tuesday 1 September.

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