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27 August 2022 Venue Unavailable Attendance

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Brentford U18
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MK Dons U18
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Report: Brentford 0-3 Under-18s

Joel Anker scores twice as Young Dons win third successive game...

29 August 2022

MK Dons Under-18s made it three wins from three to start the season, courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Brentford.

John Bitting’s side won their opening EFL Youth Alliance South East Division fixture with Stevenage before following up with a penalty shoot-out success over Exeter City in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

The Young Dons made a strong start to Saturday’s match, taking a first-half lead through Jacob Anderson, who converted at the far post from Joel Anker's deep free-kick.

They had to wait to add to their lead but managed to do so, twice, late on thanks to a brace from Joel Anker.

His first was a terrific first-time lob over the Brentford goalkeeper from Phoenix Scholtz' through ball while his second capped off an excellent passing move and came from inside the six-yard area, as he slid in to turn home Josh Clarke-Anderson's cross.

MK Dons currently sit second in the EFL Youth Alliance South East Division table, trailing leaders Luton Town by three points having played a game less than their Berkshire rivals. Next up is their first home game of the season against Cambridge United this Saturday.

Reflecting on the win, John Bitting said: “I was really happy with the performance. The boys were pretty much in control throughout.

“We could have probably been a bit more clinical and moved the ball a little bit quicker as a collective but the intentions were right. We could have scored a few more goals to make it a bit more convincing but, at the same time, the boys kept their standards high.

“We did what we asked of them at half time and we set some challenges for them going into the second-half. Unfortunately, though, we had to make a few changes due to injury or players having their minutes managed.

“We had one Under-16 start in the game today and three on the pitch by the end of the game as well as an Under 15. From that point of view, the experience and opportunity that the boys are getting ,it's really healthy.”

Bitting added: “To come away with another game with a win is really positive. The boys are in a really good place at the moment.”

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