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09 April 2019 Venue Central League South Attendance

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Milton Keynes Dons
1 - 0
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Luton Town

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Alfie Jones
    GK
  • 2
    David Kasumu
    DF
  • 5
    Finn Tapp (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Trialist
    DF
  • 3
    Matthew Sorinola
    DF
  • 7
    Sam Nombe
    MF
  • 4
    Charlie Pattison
    MF
  • 8
    Jenson Wright
    MF
  • 11
    Brandon Thomas-Asante
    MF
  • 9
    Dylan Asonganyi
    FW
  • 10
    Jay Bird
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    George Rose
    SUB
  • 12
    Jack Davies
    SUB
  • 14
    Liam Sole
    SUB
  • 15
    Finn Brennan
    SUB
  • 16
    Jamal Sule
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Edu Rubio

4-3-3
  • 3
    Pawel Zuk
    DF
  • 2
    Avan Jones
    DF
  • 4
    Corey Palmer
    DF
  • 16
    Joe Newton
    DF
  • 8
    Hong Wan
    MF
  • 7
    Drew Richardson
    MF
  • 5
    Arhur Read
    MF
  • 10
    Josh Neufville
    FW
  • 18
    Josh Boorn
    FW
  • 11
    Jonas Kalonda
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Toby Byron
    SUB
  • 14
    Samuel Beckwith
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Preview: Luton Town U23

MK Dons looking to return to winning ways today...

9 April 2019

MK Dons Under-23s take on Luton Town this afternoon, with the aim to get back on the winning trail in the Central League South after defeat last time out.

Edu Rubio’s side suffered only their second loss of the campaign away at Cheltenham Town and dropped to third in the table as a result. However, with just two points separating them from leaders Plymouth Argyle and having played two games less than the Pilgrims, it’s still in the Dons’ capability to climb back to the summit.

Plymouth aren’t in action this week so a victory this afternoon - a seventh win this term - would see the Dons move above them. They would, though, need Exeter City to slip up at home to Bristol Rovers in order to retain top spot.

Kick-off is at 1pm.

THE OPPOSITION!
Luton Town have yet to record a victory in the Central League South this term, although they do still sit above Forest Green Rovers due to their six draws and superior goal difference.

The Hatters have only found the net seven times in 2018/19 but have only conceded 20 - a better total than all-but one other side outside the top four.

Luton enter today’s match on the back of three defeats in four, including a 4-1 reverse to Cheltenham Town last time out.

TEAM NEWS!
The Dons fielded a young side last time out and are expected to do so again this afternoon.

Dylan Asonganyi, David Kasumu and Finn Tapp are set to play a starring role once again while the likes of Oran Jackson, Brandon Thomas-Asante and Sam Nombe could also feature due to the terms of their loan agreements.

HEAD TO HEAD!
MK Dons came out on top when the two sides met in the reverse Central League South fixture back in February.

Dylan Asonganyi scored twice for the Dons while Ousseynou Cisse netted a late third as Edu Rubio’s side 23s picked up all three points.

FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Today’s match is to be played behind closed doors but supporters can follow the action here on mkdons.com.

Live updates will be provided on the Match Centre while a full report will be available to read shortly after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

Report: Under-23s 1-0 Luton Town

Asonganyi's goal sends MK Dons back to the top...

9 April 2019

Dylan Asonganyi’s first-half goal was enough for MK Dons to earn a 1-0 victory over Luton Town and return to the top of the Central League South table.

The young striker struck 19 minutes in to earn the Dons a seventh win of the campaign although they were made to work in a competitive match against Luton Town.

Edu Rubio fielded a youthful side which included five of the Dons’ young professionals, including Brandon Thomas-Asante and Sam Nombe who were both eligible to feature despite being on loan away from the Club.

The game took a while to get going, with only one shooting chance inside the opening 10 minutes - Luton midfielder Drew Richardson firing wide with a left-footed shot from the edge of the area.

Thomas-Asante was the first Dons player to test the Luton goalkeeper, doing so with a fierce drive from 18-yards out which the experienced Marek Stech kept out with a dive to his left.

They wouldn’t test Stech again until the 19th minute and when they did, they took the lead. Jenson Wright created the goal with a terrific through pass to Asonganyi, who created room for a shot inside the area and then wrong-footed the Hatters keeper with a low finish into the net. 1-0.

Stech almost handed the Dons a second moments later but he was able to gather on the line after dropping Matthew Sorinola’s corner.

He then watched on as his opposite number, Alfie Jones, produced a stunning diving save to deny Josh Neufville - the Luton striker’s effort was diverted onto the crossbar by the fingertips of a full-stretch Jones.

Sam Nombe and Wright both went close to doubling the lead shortly after while Jones kept out Josh Boorn at the other end of the pitch.

Thomas-Asante then had the ball in the net but the goal was disallowed for a foul by the attacker in the build-up. Tapp had found Thomas-Asante with a superb ball forward from the back and he had finished brilliantly around Stech into the far corner - but not after nudging his marker over unfairly moments earlier.

The first half ended with Luton Town in the ascendancy but they failed to truly test Jones before the whistle. Josh Boorn went closest with a first-time effort which he blazed over from Jonas Kalonda’s cutback.

Rubio made one change at the break, replacing Jay Bird with Under-16s midfielder Jack Davies. His side almost doubled their advantage four minutes into the re-start but Thomas-Asante saw his effort pushed onto the post by Stech.

Hatters captain Corey Patner curled wide a good chance for the visitors to restore parity moments before Charlie Pattison headed over from Thomas-Asante’s cross. Pawel Zuk then poked wide for Luton after a corner had fallen to him on the edge of the six-yard box.

Jamal Sule entered the fray with 65 minutes on the clock, with Liam Sole following soon after. They were both forced into defensive duties early, with Luton Town turning up the heat as they went in search of an equaliser.

Jones denied Neufville with a diving save to his right, tipping the striker’s effort past his right-hand post. The MK Dons goalkeeper then kept out an effort from Josh Boorn, who later lifted an effort over from inside the area.

Pattison could have made the game safe on 76 minutes but he dragged a right-footed shot wide from Asonganyi’s pass. The striker also had an opportunity to add to the score but failed to beat Stech from close-range after being picked out by Kasumu.

The visitors continued to threaten after that. Neufville had a shot blocked before Boorn curled wide. Substitute Toby Byron went even closer when one-on-one with Jones, dragging a left-footed attempt a yard or two wide.

Jones then denied Pawel Zuk and Byron in quick succession while Sole fired over for the Dons after a breakaway attack.

The final chance of the game fell the way of the visitors and their midfielder Read, who lifted over after driving into the box. The whistle then blew, as the Dons held on to pick up the points needed to return to the summit of the Central League South table.

Starting XI: Jones; Kasumu, Tapp, Trialist, Sorinola (Brennan 82); Nombe (Sole 71), Pattison, Wright, Thomas-Asante (Sule 65); Asonganyi, Bird (Davies 46).

Unused subs: Rose.

Goal: Asonganyi (19)

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