DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE XI v WEST HAM UNITED XI
DEVELOPMENT SQUAD MATCH
TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2011
Final score - Dagenham & Redbridge XI 4-4 West Ham United XI
94 mins - Moncur tries to lift a pass over the top for Potts to chase, but it's too late as the referee blows for full-time.
92 mins - Dagenham restart with a throw and the referee tells the players we have two minutes left. Lee is back on.
91 mins - Into added time and Lee needs the physio on. This has been as breathless and entertaining a game as I've seen in ages. Both sets of players are taking on water, but I'm not sure how much longer they'll be out there. Surely not long?
88 mins - This game deserves a winner. I have no idea who that will be, though... This game has been so stretched for about 15 minutes now. It would be fair to say that the defences have not been on top.
85 mins - What a game! Turgott makes space for himself with a superb turn inside the Dagenham D before curling a shot that cannons back off the underside of the bar and bounces into the arms of Hogan.
84 mins - That should be 5-4 to Dagenham! Wearen fouls Osborn. The free-kick is taken before the Irishman can get back into position and Maher gets in behind. His volley flies wide.
83 mins - That could and maybe should be 5-4 to West Ham. Ilunga lifts a perfect ball over the top for Piquionne. He is in on goal but elects to take the ball first time, only to slice his volley high and wide of the left-hand post.
81 mins - GOAL! Ridiculous. It's 4-4! A cross from the left and Reed challenges Cowler for the high ball. It drops to Osborn, who has the simplest of tasks of finishing from eight yards. Cowler appeals for a free-kick, but there is nothing doing.
80 mins - GOAL! My laptop might explode if this carries on... Potts launches a superb diagonal ball for Vose to chase. He wins a throw. Vose takes it quickly and exchanges passes with Moncur before cutting infield. Vose shoots and the ball takes a deflection off Walsh before flying past Hogan.
79 mins - GOAL! Maher sends over a low free-kick and Thurgood is there to divert the ball past Cowler. There is nothing the replacement goalkeeper could do about that.
78 mins - Lee holds his head in confusion after being penalised for a foul wide on the Dagenham right. A chance for the hosts to deliver another free-kick...
77 mins - Prietos is replaced by Danny Potts, while Cowler comes on for Kurucz.
75 mins - If tonight's match at the Boleyn Ground is half as good as this one, we're in for a decent night. Meanwhile, it looks like West Ham will make a late change in goal, with Sam Cowler preparing to get a short run out. There is nothing wrong with Peter Kurucz - I think it's just a case of giving Cowler some time on the pitch.
73 mins - Ilunga's header drops to a Dagenham player and it is worked to Reed. He is about 20 yards out as he spins away from Lee and shoots left-footed, but the ball flies into the scoreboard behind the goal instead of the net.
71 mins - Thurgood loses his marker inside the box and looks to have time and space to pick his spot. The ex-Grays Athletic man looks up and curls his shot about ten yards wide. Groans from the small crowd.
70 mins - Moses has left the building. He is replaced by the equally marvellously-named Duran Reynalds.
69 mins - GOAL! Piquionne sends Montenegro clear with a clever reverse pass. The Paraguayan shows good strength to hold off Rose before shooting left-footed. Hogan parries and Vose follows up to stoop and head the ball into the net from close-range.
66 mins - Also, if you are interested in coming to tonight's game and seeing West Ham United potentially go top of the npower Championship table, tickets will be available from the Alpari Stand and Priory Road ticket offices until kick-off. Cash turnstiles will also be open from 6.15pm. Prices start from £32 for Adults and £19 for Under-16s.
64 mins - Bingham is replaced by former Southend United captain Kevin Maher.
63 mins - Dagenham win a left-wing corner. It flies over, but Moses can't part the West Ham defence to get his head to it. The ball is cleared.
61 mins - If you are coming along to the Boleyn Ground this evening, don't forget to grab a matchday programme. Tonight's edition contains exclusive interviews with Mark Noble, Abdoulaye Faye, Sam Allardyce, former world darts champion Keith Deller and much, much more. Joint-Chairman David Sullivan also speaks in his latest exclusive column. If you can't make it to the big game, but would still like a copy of the programme, order yours online here.
60 mins - Blair Turgott replaces Powell. The England Under-18 player goes to the right wing, with Vose tucking inside alongside Moncur.
59 mins - Piquionne nutmegs Tomlin. The Daggers player didn't like that! He swears - loudly.
58 mins - It's proper end to end stuff at the moment. Either side could score at any moment.
56 mins - GOAL! Dagenham level things up through Tomlin. McCrory gets to the byline and cuts a cross behind Kurucz and Tomlin has the simple task of converting from about six yards.
55 mins - Piquionne is sent clear again, this time by Prietos. He is in on goal, but slightly to the left. Piquionne tries to open his body up and side-foot into the far corner, but it's too close to Hogan.
53 mins - The Victoria Road stadium is now bathed in sunshine. The murmur of chatter among the scouts and other spectators around me makes the atmosphere feel a bit like a cricket match.
51 mins - Dagenham win another corner. Bingham crosses and Kurucz catches at the near post.
50 mins - Powell and Vose exchange a succession of one-twos in midfield. The pair both possess really decent technique. Vose, for your information, is a winger who likes to take people on and has very good close control. Powell is a ball-playing midfielder with fantastic technique and a very good passing range.
47 mins - Dagenham have the first chance of the second half, but Thurgood can't find the target with his low shot. It goes behind for a corner. The first ball is cleared behind, but when Bingham crosses for a second time, the header from Walsh flies wide.
46 mins - After a ten or eleven minute break for half-time, we're back underway here. Thankfully, the sun is coming out!
Half-time score - Dagenham & Redbridge XI 1-2 West Ham United XI
46 mins - Right on 45 minutes and the half-time whistle is blown.
44 mins - Green's low cross is cut out by Ilunga and West Ham build patiently. After a decent passage of pass and move, the ball is worked to Prietos by Vose. The trialist tries a curler, but it's off-target.
39 mins - Green misses an absolute sitter. A cross from the right-back Rose finds him completely unmarked six yards out. He has the goal gaping, save for Kurucz in the middle of it, but blazes his volley a yard over the top.
36 mins - GOAL! Quality goal from the Hammers. Vose wins a free-kick for handball and takes it instantly to Montenegro. He collects in-stride before releasing Piquionne. The Frenchman holds off his marker before expertly finishing past Hogan with his right foot.
35 mins - Wearen is penalised for a foul about 35 yards out. Tomlin delivers another superb free-kick into the West Ham box. Ilunga and Moses go for the ball, but neither makes sufficient contact and the ball dribbles behind.
32 mins - Now Dagenham need to make a change as Crawford hobbles off and Osborn is on in his place.
31 mins - Moncur is penalised for a foul just outside the West Ham box. Rose steps up and thunders a rising shot past the wall and, thankfully, past the far post.
30 mins - Prietos, a trialist, comes on for Fanimo and will play wide on the left.
28 mins - Fanimo needs the physio on before walking to the touchline. I think he might be replaced.
25 mins - Green's pace is causing problems. He comes forward again and shoots. The ball takes a slight deflection and goes out for a corner. The Hammers clear their lines through Montenegro and go on the counter. Again, Piquionne is the man who is sent clear. He cuts in from the right and tries to pick out Moncur with a low cross, but it's cut out. Corner. The ball is cleared as far as Montenegro, but his volley flies well wide.
24 mins - It's all happening. Green gets down the left and sends over a delicious cross fro Reed to attack, but he cannot get the necessary connection on his header and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
23 mins - Great stuff from Kurucz, who is out in a flash after Lee and Wearen had allowed Tomlin to burst through the middle. The Hungarian spreads himself and makes a fine save. The ball rebounds out to a Dagenham player, but Wearen nicks it and finds Vose. He feeds Piquionne and the striker is through. He does a quick step-over before firing a powerful left-foot shot just over.
21 mins - Montenegro works back well to defend a Dagenham throw and is a bit unfortunate when his block goes behind for a corner. Moses wins the battle but his header flies wide of the far post. He's a big bloke is Moses and will have to be watched at future set pieces.
19 mins - Much better possession football from the Hammers leads to a foul on Vose about 30 yards out on the right. Fanimo trots across and takes it left-footed, but his low free-kick is cut out before it can reach Piquionne.
15 mins - Driver does well twice in ten seconds, heading clear a right-wing cross before making a fine block to deny Crawford. Dagenham aren't done, though, and Bingham rises high to flash a header just past the far post.
13 mins - Dagenham respond immediately. Right-back Rose gets forward and shoots from an angle. The ball flashes low past the near post. The home side are threatening though, as left-back McCrory's low cross is well handled by Kurucz.
11 mins - GOAL! As if by magic...! Piquionne collects a square pass from Moncur, makes five yards and shoots from 25. The ball takes a nick off a defender and Hogan cannot hold on. Montenegro has followed up as all good forwards do and clips the ball over the keeper before smashing it into the roof of the net.
11 mins - Vose is involved again there, collecting a lay-off from Montenegro. The Paraguayan has looked lively so far, making some really intelligent runs.
8 mins - Piquionne breaks down the right touchline and wins a corner. Fanimo takes it left-footed, but it's too high for everyone and flies out on the far side.
7 mins - West Ham have their first proper attack, with Fanimo heavily involved. Vose collects possession and runs at the back four, but he loses the ball. Dagenham come forward and the ball breaks to Crawford, who shoots from 25 yards. It is easy for Kurucz.
5 mins - Formation-wise, Driver and Ilunga are the full-backs, with Wearen and Lee inside them. Powell and Moncur are in central midfield, with Vose wide right, Fanimo wide left. Piquionne and Montenegro are up front.
4 mins - Ilunga throws in to Moncur. He comes infield from the left before finding Piquionne. The Frenchman tries to flick the ball through for Montenegro, but goalkeeper Hogan is out smartly to collect.
2 mins - GOAL! The hosts lead. A Crawford cross from the right is high and draws both Wearen and Driver to challenge Reed in the air. The ball drops, bounces and Green shapes well before volleying past Kurucz from about 12 yards.
1 min - Ilunga curls a long pass over the top for Piquionne to chase. He is goalside of the defence, but it's because he is offside.
12.05pm - We are now happily ready to kick-off. Dagenham do so, shooting towards the Marcus James Stand to my left.
12.03pm - We look all set to go aside from one major issue... There is no sign of the match officials!
11.58am - West Ham, of course, visited Victoria Road for a pre-season friendly on 26 July, running out 1-0 winners over the League Two side. Carlton Cole scored the only goal of the game that evening. Two of Dagenham's starters that night, Tomlin and Bingham, start this afternoon, while Alex Osborn was on the bench.
11.55am - Assistant manager Neil McDonald, first-team coach Wally Downes and goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson are all here to keep an eye on the club's young charges. Frederic Piquionne will be eager to impress, as he will be available for Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace following his three-match ban.
Good morning and welcome to Victoria Road for the first of today's two live text updates - the second of course being this evening's npower Championship visit of Ipswich Town to the Boleyn Ground.
For now, though, our focus is on Ian Hendon's development squad and the headline news is the return from injury of Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Kurucz .
The pair join experienced duo Herita Ilunga and Frederic Piquionne - who is ruled out of tonight's first-team fixture through suspension - new boy Brian Montenegro and young professionals Callum Driver, Eoin Wearen, George Moncur in a squad that mixes youth with older players.
Scholars Matthias Fanimo and Kenzer Lee are also involved following the youth team's fine start to the FA Premier Academy League season.
Dagenham & Redbridge XI: Hogan, Rose, McCrory, Moses (Reynalds 70), Walsh, Bingham (Maher 64), Tomlin, Thurgood, Reed, Crawford (Osborn 32), Green (Dabo 80)
West Ham United XI: Kurucz (Cowler 77), Driver, Ilunga, Wearen, K.Lee, Moncur, Vose, Powell (Turgott 60), Fanimo (Prietos 30, Potts 77), Montenegro, Piquionne