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Report | Dartford 0-3 Millwall

19 July 2016

Full-time score from Princes Park

Millwall continued their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 3-0 win in the glorious sunshine at Vanarama National League South side Dartford.

It proved to be a good work-out for The Lions, who had kicked off the first of five friendlies with a 2-1 success at Bromley on Saturday and again ensured that all 22 players got some valuable match time.

Manager Neil Harris utilised his squad to good effect, with two of his four summer signings - David Worrall and Gregg Wylde - taking their place in a team that also included James Brown, one of five homegrown players included in the starting line-up.

There were three minutes on the clock when Worrall was sent to ground by a clumsy challenge 20 yards out. Shaun Williams took the resulting free-kick and his fierce effort stung the palms of keeper Derek Ibrahim, who flung himself across goal to push the midfielder's effort over the bar at full stretch.

Worrall's resulting corner delivery from the left picked out skipper Tony Craig at the back post, the latter's header flashing a yard wide of the upright.

A promising start paid dividends after 10 minutes with the game's opening goal - and what a lovely effort it was too from Onyedinma. Right-back Brown threaded a neat ball in to his team-mate, but  there was still plenty for the frontman to do as he eased past three players before letting fly with a crisp left-foot shot that arrowed into the bottom corner.

Onyedinma then turned provider seven minutes later when his direct run stretched the home defence, enabling him to slide the ball through to strike partner Aiden O'Brien and his left-foot shot took a slight deflection beyond the reach of keeper Ibrahim for goal number two.

O'Brien then lashed over the bar following good work by Brown, as did Ben Thompson from a near identical position as The Lions pushed on in search of further goals.

At the other end, keeper Jordan Archer, who spent much of the opening half shielding his eyes from the setting sun, was called into action on the half-mark when he tipped Albert Jarrett's looping shot over from just under the bar.

It was to be Darts' only real noteworthy effort in an opening 45 minutes during which they produced plenty of effort and endeavor, but had little joy against a composed Millwall side.

In fact it could easily have been 3-0 to The Lions by the time referee Charlie Breakspeare blew the whistle for half-time, only for O'Brien to drill his effort narrowly off target with just the keeper to beat.

Dartford made three changes at the start of the second-half with Millwall bringing on Kris Twardek for Worrall within 10 minutes of the restart. Twardek wasted little time getting involved and twice within the first couple of minutes of entering the fray the youngster produced both an intelligent cross-field pass to set up one attack before a mazy run set up Brown, whose dinked cross was headed narrowly over by Onyedinma.

The shape of the game could easily have changed when there was a mass Millwall substitution on the hour mark that saw the entire team, bar Brown and sub Twardek, replaced by a selection of the club's Academy graduates along with recent signing Paul Rooney, but that was not the case.

Keeper Tom King twice comfortably gathered hopeful shots on target whilst at the other end Twardek wriggled his way into a good position and hit a crisp angled shot that smacked against the foot of the upright before the danger was cleared.

A good interchange between Lewis White and left-back Noah Chesmain saw the latter's inviting cross headed over by Alfie Pavey moments before a sublime forward pass from Kyron Farrell had Ibrahim racing out of his goal to chest clear under pressure with Jamie Philpot waiting to pounce.

Philpot was not to be denied and he  thumped home an excellent third goal with 10 minutes remaining. The forward won possession with a great challenge on the right, slipped the ball to Twardek who showed his marker a clean set of heels before laying a return pass to the feet of Philpot, who made no mistake with a thumping angled finish that gave the keeper no chance.

Lewis White was next to ask questions of the home defence with a low shot held by Ibrahim as the game headed towards the final five minutes and with The Lions very much in control the visitors comfortably saw out the remainder of the game for a solid victory.

Dartford: Ibrahim, Gardiner, Wynter, Bonner, Vint (Brown, 46mins), Wood, Jarrett (Dembele, 46mins), Bradbrook, Pugh (Seixas, 81mins), Brown (Warritay, 78mins), Noble (Francis, 46mins (Menga, 76mins)). Subs not used: Mensah, Eweka, Coxall.

Millwall: Archer (King, 60mins); Brown (Romeo, 75mins), Nelson (Rooney, 60mins), Webster (Bray, 60mins), Craig (Chesmain, 60mins); Worrall (Twardek, 55mins), Thompson (Farrell, 60mins), Williams (Donovan, 60mins), Wylde (White, 60mins); Onyedinma (Pavey, 60mins), O'Brien (Philpot, 60mins). 
Scorers: Onyedinma (10mins), O'Brien (17mins), Philpot (80mins) 

Ref: C. Breakspeare
Att: 1,407

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