Brentford booked a place in the Second Round of the Capital One Cup as they beat Dagenham and Redbridge on penalties after a ridiculous game on a wet and wild night in East London.
The Bees eventually won through 4-2 on penalties after a 6-6 draw at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium.
On a night that saw a flash rain storm, thunder and lightning, 12 goals and countless chances Brentford started the game in fine fashion.
They had a two-goal lead inside ten minutes thanks to a Stuart Dallas brace and were 3-1 up just past the half hour when they appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win.
The Bees were pegged back but held leads at 4-3 before the end of 90 minutes and 5-4 early in extra time only for the home side to fight back.
Dagenham then looked as if they had won it when they went ahead in the second half of extra time but Harlee Dean headed home to level it up again.
Richard Lee then saved penalties from Jack Connors and Ashley Chambers to ensure Brentford’s progress.
A penalty shoot-out looked a long way away when Brentford were two up ten minutes in.
The goals both came from short corners and were put in by Dallas, albeit in different circumstances.
The first was scored after five minutes when Montell Moore delivered a deep ball to the far post and Dallas arrived completely unmarked to divert it in.
The second came four minutes later, this time Moore exchanged passes with Tommy Smith and drilled it low to the edge of the penalty area, Dallas fired in a shot that took a deflection and beat Liam O’Brien.
Dagenham had shown in the early stages they could create going forward – Ashley Chambers had a shot blocked before the first goal and then forced Lee to rush out and smother at his feet just after it.
And the home side had a goal back just past the quarter hour.
Ashley Hemmings was the architect; he got away on the left and delivered a low cross that George Porter arrived to meet and fire home at the far post.
The home side’s goal probably came against the run of play.
At times in the first 20 minutes Brentford looked as if they would run riot with Moore and Smith, in particular, linking well and creating sights of goal.
The Daggers defended well, shutting the door on most of those openings, and then prospered off the back of their goal.
Hemmings shot over when a free kick was half cleared and Lee saved a low Abu Ogogo shot before Craig blocked a Chambers effort.
Nick Proschwitz almost got in at the other end but a tackle from Brian Saah prevented the striker weaving his way through and finishing.
Apart from the bizarre score line, the match will be remembered for a rain storm of epic proportions in the first half.
As well as drenching the playing surface it took the wind out of Dagenham’s sails a little.
And the home side then presented Brentford with a third goal.
Moore attempted a long range shot and sliced it horribly but Proschwitz nipped on to it and fired home while O’Brien and Saah stood and watched.
Proschwitz could have made it four soon after but miss-hit a Dallas cut back from eight yards before O’Brien saved at his feet moments later.
Dagenham came back in to it as half time approached – Ogogo was denied by Lee and then had a shot blocked before the Brentford defence kept out an Andre Boucaud effort – but Smith could have put Brentford clear when he got on to a poor back pass but his lofted effort dribbled wide.
The Daggers did get their second goal just before the break as Brentford’s defence parted following a ricochet in midfield; Chambers raced clear and lifted the ball over Lee to halve the deficit.
A 2-3 half time score line became 3-3 early in the second half as a fifth different player got his name on the score sheet.
Dean headed a dangerous cross out of the danger zone but Boucaud picked it up 25 yards out and let fly, his shot dipped and swerved and flicked off the hands of Lee before settling in the back of the net.
That goal came against the run of play in the early stages of the second half – Moore and Smith both missed the target from good positions after half time and substitute Alan Judge had a shot blocked.
O’Brien saved at the feet of Smith before a desperate Dagenham defence diverted Dean’s dangerous header away from the target.
As the game entered the final 20 minutes of normal time both teams were looking for the seventh goal of the night.
Chambers fired over before forcing Lee to tip a looping header over the bar while Judge lashed over at the other end.
Chambers went close again before Judge created Brentford’s fourth goal, firing across for Andre Gray to turn in from close range.
O’Brien saved smartly at the feet of Gray twice as the striker tried to make the game safe but as the game ticked in to the 90th minute; Brentford appeared to be over the line.
However, a ball was played in to the outside left channel for Hemmings to race on to, he fired in a cross-cum-shot from close to the touchline that whistled over the head of Lee and nestled in the far corner.
There was still time for Hemmings and Moore to go close before referee Keith Hill brought the 90 minutes to a close with the game level at 4-4.
Brentford started extra time brightly and edged ahead again when the home side failed to clear a cross and Moore marked his professional debut with a goal, steering a shot home from 18 yards.
But that lead lasted less than three minutes as Jamie Cureton fired home from the edge of the penalty area after Brentford lost possession in their defensive area.
The Bees lost Smith to injury in extra time and were almost playing with nine as 18-year-old Moore struggled with cramp.
Matt Partridge fired just over for the home side and Cureton forced Lee in to a low save before Dean blocked a powerful Ogogo effort.
But Dallas almost put Brentford back in front when he fired through a crowd of bodies but O’Brien got down well to keep it out.
Gray headed wide early in the second period of extra time and Luke Howell missed the target from distance before Dagenham finally got their noses in front with the 11th goal of the night.
Chambers darted forward from deep and fed Hemmings on the left, he fired in a low shot that appeared to squirm under Lee before finding the back of the net.
Judge fired a shot wide as Brentford tried to respond and, incredibly, The Bees levelled with three minutes of extras time remaining.
Jake Bidwell delivered a free kick from the right and Dean got up to nod home and make it 6-6.
There was still time for Dean to slice just past his own post and Saah to head the resulting corner inches wide before Mr Hill brought extra time to an end.
The 12 goals had equalled the record for the most in a League Cup tie in the competition’s 54 year history and was Brentford’s first ever 6-6 draw but it wasn’t the end of the entertainment.
Lee saved Connors’ spot kick, Dagenham’s first, low to his right and Chambers’ effort, the home side’s fourth.
Dallas, Judge and Craig converted to allow Club Captain Kevin O’Connor to win the tie, drilling his spot kick home off O’Brien’s right hand post.
In some ways, it was a shame it had to end.
Dagenham and Redbridge: O’Brien: Batt (sub Connors 59 mins), Doe, Saah, Partridge; Labadie (sub Cureton 86 mins), Boucaud (sub Howell 75 mins), Ogogo; Porter, Chambers, Hemmings
Subs (not used): Cousins, Goldberg, Shields, Gayle
Brentford: Lee; Yennaris (sub Bidwell 21 mins), Dean, Craig, O’Connor; Diagouraga, Tébar (sub Judge 64 mins), Smith; Dallas, Proschwitz (sub Gray 64 mins), Moore
Subs (not used): Bonham, Reeves, Adams, O’Shaughnessy
Bookings: Tébar (49 mins)
Attendance: 1,576 (496 Bees fans)
By Chris Wickham