Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.
Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Forest Green Rovers
Dagenham and Forest Green could not be separated as they played out a draw in the first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Victoria Road.
Corey Whitely and Fejiri Okenabirhie's pace were constant threats in a dominant opening period for the Daggers but it was the visitors who took the lead under controversial circumstances just before the 30-minute mark.
Omar Bugiel worked his way into the Dagenham box with some wonderful trickery before being felled by the challenge of Mark Cousins - the German forward drawing contact with the on-rushing goalkeeper - to earn his side a penalty, which captain Liam Noble drilled into the bottom corner to put Rovers ahead.
But the hosts went into the break level as Jordan Maguire-Drew pounced onto a flicked header from Paul Benson to fire in an equaliser in first half stoppage-time for his 15th league goal of the season.
Okenabirhie spurned a decent opportunity after the restart but clear-cut chances were at a premium with both sides happy to remain all-square ahead of the second leg.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
Dag & Red
- 32StauntonSubstituted forHowellat 23'minutes
- 11OkenabirhieBooked at 35minsSubstituted forHawkinsat 75'minutes
- 4TraoréSubstituted forPinnockat 71'minutes
- 15NobleSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 79'minutes
- 6BennettBooked at 70mins
- 11BugielSubstituted forMullingsat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
- Antony Coggins
Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.
Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown replaces Liam Noble.
Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Oliver Hawkins replaces Fejiri Okenabirhie.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Ethan Pinnock replaces Drissa Traoré.
Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shamir Mullings replaces Omar Bugiel.
Second Half begins Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.
First Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.
Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Forest Green Rovers 1. Jordan Maguire-Drew (Dagenham and Redbridge).
Fejiri Okenabirhie (Dagenham and Redbridge) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers) converts the penalty with a.
Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Luke Howell replaces Josh Staunton.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.