Dagenham & Redbridge 0-3 Morecambe

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Morecambe made a perfect start to the new League 2 season as victory at Dagenham saw them end the opening day top of the table.

Second half goals from Kevin Ellison, Padraig Amond and Jack Redshaw saw Jim Bentley’s side pick up a fine victory against their old rivals.

The Shrimps’ opener came four minutes into the second half through the evergreen Ellison.

The visitors were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Dagenham area and Ellison took full advantage with a low shot that beat Liam O’Brien to his right.

It was two four minutes later from the penalty spot. Jack Sampson, handed a start ahead of the likes of Redshaw and Jamie Devitt, was bundled over by Brian Saah in the box and Amond made no mistake.

The visitors completed the day in style when Redshaw tapped in Devitt’s cross four minutes into injury time.

The scoreline could have been even greater had it not been for Dagenham keeper O’Brien who produced a string of fine saves as Morecambe threatened to run riot.

Dagenham looked the more threatening side in the first half but failed to test Barry Roche until late in the game when Jamie Cureton saw an effort tipped over.

Ashley Chambers also saw a shot well blocked by Mark Hughes and Abo Ogogo headed over from close range but it was the Shrimps who were the more clinical as they kicked off the 2014-2015 season in fine style.

Dagenham; O’Brien; Batt, Connors, Doe, Saah, Cureton, Ogogo, Chambers, Howell (Porter 59), Hemmings (Goldberg 75), Boucaud. Subs not used: Cousins, Labadie, Partridge, Gayle, Raymond.

Morecambe: Roche; Beeley, Hughes, Parrish, Wilson; Goodall, Fleming, Kenyon (Wright 86); Amond (Devitt 77), Sampson (Redshaw 65), Ellison. Subs not used: Arestidou, Mullin, Williams, Doyle.