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01 November 2018 Venue Grange Park Attendance

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Long Eaton United
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Milton Keynes Dons

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Marcus Coombs
    GK
  • 2
    Tom Coupe
    DF
  • 3
    Dillon Rawon
    DF
  • 4
    Jude Brittain
    DF
  • 5
    Ewan Head
    DF
  • 6
    Henry Bestwick (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Aboo Younis
    MF
  • 8
    Josh Goodwin
    MF
  • 9
    James Shaw
    MF
  • 10
    Niall Towle
    FW
  • 11
    Brandon Mannix
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Bartosz Korzeniweski
    SUB
  • 14
    Alex Goodall
    SUB
  • 15
    Josh Lawe
    SUB
  • 16
    Sam Smith
    SUB
  • -
    Oliver Thornhill
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Holland

4-3-3
  • 1
    Alfie Jones
    GK
  • 2
    Jamie Robinson
    DF
  • 5
    Jack Hourican-Harvey
    DF
  • 6
    Jamal Sule
    DF
  • 3
    Matthew Sorinola
    DF
  • 10
    Jenson Wright
    MF
  • 4
    Jack Davies
    MF
  • 8
    Charlie Pattison (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Recoe Martin
    FW
  • 9
    Dylan Asonganyi
    FW
  • 11
    Jay Bird
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    George Rose
    SUB
  • 12
    Delsin Ackom
    SUB
  • 14
    Finlay Brennan
    SUB
  • 15
    James Holmes
    SUB
  • 16
    Tom Rowley
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Edu Rubio

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Match Previews

Preview: FA Youth Cup First Round

Young Dons set for FA Youth Cup opener...

1 November 2018

MK Dons Under-18s begin their FA Youth Cup campaign this evening when they take on Long Eaton United.

Edu Rubio’s side travel to Derbyshire tonight looking to secure their fourth successive First Round triumph - the Young Dons have made it past the opening stage of the FA Youth Cup in six of the last season years.

A win tonight would also be their first in all competitions since Tuesday 4th September, when they beat Leyton Orient 2-1 in an FA Youth Alliance League South East fixture.

The winner of this evening’s clash will face Rochdale in the Second Round after Dale’s youngsters saw off Doncaster Rovers 3-0 in their First Round tie.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Long Eaton United made it through four rounds of qualifying to secure their place in the First Round Proper.

The Derbyshire outfit beat Alfreton Town in their first match before getting past Leicester Nirvana, Basford United and Hereford, scoring a total of 13 goals while conceding just three times.

Long Eaton currently compete in the Notts Youth Football League Intermediate Divsion and sit ninth in the table after their first six matches.

Edu Rubio: “The boys are quite excited. We are looking to enjoy the game and the occasion.

“We are expecting a competitive atmosphere and experience, which is great for the players - the more experiences for them the better while they are developing.”

Boss Edu Rubio has the majority of his Under-18s squad available for selection while he will also be able to call upon the services of striker Dylan Asonganyi, who is still eligible to feature despite turning pro.

Charlie Pattison is expected to captain the side which will also feature the likes of Jay Bird and Alfie Jones, who have all had first-team exposure.

Ollie Leach and John Freeman (leg) are only absentees - Freeman suffered a serious leg injury in training and the best wishes of the Club are with John as he begins his rehabilitation.

Entry is priced at £2 adults and £1 concessions while under-16s go FREE with a full-paying adult.

Match updates will also be provided on mkdons.com and on Twitter.

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Match Reports

Report: Long Eaton United 1-2 MK Dons

Goals from Asonganyi and Holmes sees MK Dons progress..

1 November 2018

Edu Rubio’s side progressed into Round Two of the FA Youth Cup as they overcame their Long Eaton United counterparts 2-1 on Thursday evening.

The Young Dons had to come from behind after Jamie Robinson's own-goal gave the hosts the lead at the break before Dylan Asonganyi and James Holmes netted to set up a Second Round tie with Rochdale.

There was a number of FA Youth Cup debuts being made with first-year scholars Jamie Robinson, Jack Hourican-Harvey and Jamal Sule all being handed a start.

Elsewhere, Alfie Jones, Matthew Sorinola, Jenson Wright, Jack Davies, Jay Bird and Recoe Martin all took to the field from the off. 

Having been involved in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this season, Charlie Pattison captained Rubio’s squad with Dylan Asonganyi picking up some valuable minutes.

It was the home side who started the game in brightest with James Shaw almost putting Long Eaton United ahead with just six minutes on the clock – his shot would roll wide of Jones’ post.

Two minutes later, Niall Towie won a free-kick on the edge of the Dons’ box, he was unable to keep his strike down with the ball sailing over the bar.

Having taken their time to adapt to the surface, the Dons first chance of the came with 15-minutes on the clock via Asonganyi. It was a clever move from the visitors with Davies and Bird combing well before the latter freed Asonganyi. The bounce wasn’t kind to the striker with his shot going wide.

Shortly after, Jay Bird created an inch of space having cut inside two Long Eaton United defenders – his shot was saved by Marcus Coombs.

Bird was once again involved with the winger firing narrowly wide after a smart one-two with Wright.

Jones was once again called into action when the clock struck 30-minutes, he got down quickly to save from Shaw’s powerful low strike. 

Captain Pattison was controlling proceedings in midfield and came close to opening the scoring when his ambitious effort was saved by Coombs.

The midfielder was once again involved when he poked through to Asonganyi who freed Bird – he subsequently cut onto his right before firing into the side netting. 

With just one minute of normal time remaining in the first half, Long Eaton United found their way past an impressive Jones in the most unfortunate of circumstances for Rubio’s men. The Dons’ shot-stopper done so well to keep out Long Eaton’s powerful header from a corner only for the ball to bounce off Jamie Robinson and into the back of the net. 1-0. 

Rubio’s half-time team talk certainly breathed life into his young side as a driving run from Asonganyi resulted in the striker being hacked down inside the box leaving the ref with no other choice than pointing to the spot. 

It was Asonganyi who took on penalty-taking duties with his strike finding the bottom corner to level proceedings just three minutes into the second half. 1-1. 

Shaw, who was a continuous bright spark for Long Eaton, looked to put the hosts back ahead but his effort from distance was saved by Jones. 

Asonganyi then won MK Dons a free-kick just outside the box, he stood over the dead ball with his delivery inches away from the head pf Pattison.

Asonganyi then saw another chance fall his way when the goalscorer looked to lob Coombs from range – his cheeky attempt was blocked. 

After an impressive counter-attack from the home side, Goodwin was found unmarked on the edge of the box – his shot took a deflection and was saved well by Jones. 

Martin then got in behind the Long Eaton United defence before his driven cross was cleared at the feet of Asonganyi.

It was once again that man Asonganyi who caused the Long Eaton defence trouble, he firstly won a free-kick 30-yards from goal before his curling free-kick was clawed away by Coombs.

Two substitutes combined late on to win the game for Rubio's side as Rowley beat his marker before crossing for James Holmes. The winger met the cross perfectly before his right-footed strike found the back of the net with seconds remaining. 1-2.

Starting XI: Jones, Robinson, Sorinola, Davies, Hourican-Harvey (Brennan 46,) Sule, Martin (Holmes 84,) Pattison, Asonganyi, Wright (Rowley), Bird.

Unused Subs: Rose (GK), Ackom, Holmes.

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