Goals from Paul Furlong and John O’Flynn condemned Dagenham and Redbridge to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at local rivals Barnet
The result saw John Still’s men fall a place to third in League Two. However, other results were kind to the Daggers after they were comprehensively outplayed in front of a particularly vociferous crowd at Underhill.
It was Barnet left winger Yannick Bolasie who set the tone for the evening in the very first minute. The loan signing from Plymouth was able to cut inside right back Scott Doe and force a fine save from veteran goalkeeper Tony Roberts.
The Welsh goalkeeper was doing his best to keep the Daggers in the match as prolific forward John O’Flynn raced clear but saw his one on one effort bravely blocked.
Nevertheless, it was another player in the twilight of his career that gave Barnet the lead in the 21st minute. Bolasie again was causing havoc down the left side and it was his low cross that was converted with a clinical strike from six yards by forty-year-old Paul Furlong.
Even so, Dagenham manager John Still had reason for optimism as his team would be kicking down the Underhill slope in the second half and were showing signs of getting back in the game. Danny Green and Paul Benson both had half chances that Barnet goalkeeper Jake Cole did well to keep out.
However, Still, who formerly managed Barnet in two separate spells between 1997-2002, saw his side’s ambitions to win the game take a hefty knock in first half stoppage time as the Bees won a penalty. Bolasie was again terrorizing full back Doe who produced a needless slide tackle just inside the penalty area to hand Barnet a golden opportunity from the spot. O’Flynn stepped up and coolly sent goalkeeper Tony Roberts the wrong way to give his team a 2-0 half time lead.
The second half began with the Daggers controlling the majority of the possession without being able to find a way through the Barnet backline. In particular, League Two top goalscorer Paul Benson was struggling to make an impact up against the experienced Gary Breen whilst explosive wingers Danny Green and Jon Nurse were unable to get beyond their full back.
A double substitution that saw winger Graeme Montgomery and striker Wesley Thomas introduced failed to make any sizable impact as the Daggers desperately searched for some of the form that had seen them climb to second place in League Two.
In fact, the away team’s best chance came in the 92nd minute as a Peter Gain curling effort from the edge of the penalty area skimmed the top of the crossbar in a rare moment of uncertainty for the home side.
Nevertheless, neither goalkeeper were particularly troubled in the second half as Ian Hendon’s much improved Barnet outfit cruised to a memorable victory over their Southern counterparts.