April 1, 2013
Tounkara at the double for Pirates
French striker Oumare Tounkara made a big impact on his first start for Bristol Rovers as he scored twice in a 4-2 victory at Dagenham.
The former Sunderland man, who arrived on a short-term deal at the end of February, helped John Ward's side to a fourth game without defeat.
The visitors stormed into a three-goal lead inside 20 minutes. John-Joe O'Toole - playing his last game of a three-month loan spell from Colchester - hammered high into the roof of the net from close range.
After just six minutes it was two-nil when Tounkara rounded goalkeeper Jonathan Miles and slotted into an empty net.
And Rovers made it 3-0 when Ryan Brunt played in Danny Woodards, who side-footed convincingly past Miles.
Dagenham grabbed a goal back after half an hour when Ben Strevens bundled home Gavin Hoyte's cross, though Medy Elito may have got the final touch as the ball crossed the line.
Tounkara registered his second goal in the 70th minute when he latched on to Woodards' header and smashed the ball home off a post from the edge of the box.
Three minutes later Dagenham substitute Jake Reed tapped home Femi Ilesanmi's cross to make it 4-2 but it proved mere consolation.
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Bristol Rovers|
|37 Jonathan Miles||20 Connor Gough|
|18 Gavin Hoyte||14 Lee Brown|
|4 Scott Doe||29 Mark McChrystal|
|2 Luke Wilkinson||4 Dan Woodards|
|3 Oluwafemi Ilesanmi||11 Fabian Broghammer|
|17 Luke Howell||2 Michael Smith|
|12 Medy Elito||6 Tom Parkes|
|19 Abu Ogogo||32 John-Joe O'Toole|
|8 Toni Brito Silva||34 Oumare Tounkara|
|9 Ben Strevens||17 Ellis Harrison|
|21 Mo Shariff||26 Ryan Brunt|
|30 Jordan Seabright||Clayton McDonald 21|
|20 Jonathan Fortune||Tom Lockyer 30|
|31 Gianluca Gracco||James Paterson 3|
|16 Kevin Maher||Ollie Clarke 24|
|15 Matthew Saunders||Oliver Norburn 15|
|14 Jake Reed||Elliot Richards 10|
|26 Louis Dennis||Tom Hitchcock 27|
|Jake Reed for Medy Elito (46)||James Paterson for Lee Brown (46)|
|Louis Dennis for Toni Brito Silva (46)||Tom Lockyer for Michael Smith (78)|
|Gianluca Gracco for Gavin Hoyte (87)||Tom Hitchcock for Fabian Broghammer (81)|
|Ben Strevens (8)||Tom Parkes (8)|
|Oluwafemi Ilesanmi (80)||John-Joe O'Toole (36)|
|· Squads: Dagenham & Redbridge | Bristol Rovers|