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7-0
26 March 2019 Venue Central League South Attendance

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Cheltenham Town
7 - 0
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Milton Keynes Dons

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5-3-2
  • 22
    Rhys Lovett
    GK
  • 2
    Sean Long
    DF
  • 6
    A Trialist
    DF
  • 23
    Jordan Forster
    DF
  • 5
    Johnny Mullins
    DF
  • 37
    B Trialist
    DF
  • 28
    Cameron Pring
    MF
  • 7
    Conor Thomas
    MF
  • 40
    Will Dawes (C)
    MF
  • 19
    George Lloyd
    FW
  • 27
    Rakish Bingham
    FW

Substitutes

  • 31
    Freddie Lapworth
    SUB
  • 44
    Ioan Richards
    SUB
  • 45
    Tom Handley
    SUB
  • 58
    Tom Chamberlain
    SUB
  • 59
    Charlie Stanton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Russell Milton

3-5-2
  • 1
    Alfie Jones
    GK
  • 2
    Jamal Sule
    DF
  • 5
    Finn Tapp (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Finn Brennan
    DF
  • 8
    Matthew Sorinola
    MF
  • 4
    David Kasumu
    MF
  • 10
    Jenson Wright
    MF
  • 6
    Charlie Pattison
    MF
  • 11
    Liam Sole
    MF
  • 7
    Jay Bird
    FW
  • 9
    Dylan Asonganyi
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    George Rose
    SUB
  • 12
    Jamie Robinson
    SUB
  • 14
    Ollie Leach
    SUB
  • 15
    Delsin Ackom
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Edu Rubio

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Match Previews

Preview: Cheltenham Town U23s

All you need to know ahead of today's Central League South clash...

26 March 2019

MK Dons are back in Central League South action this afternoon, looking to secure their third successive win at Cheltenham Town.

Edu Rubio’s side currently sit top of the Central League South table, level points with Plymouth Argyle but above them on goal difference.

The Dons have scored a whopping 30 goals in the Central League this term, while conceding just nine times. They have scored at least four in four of their last five matches.

Kick-off is at 1pm.

THE OPPOSITION!
Cheltenham Town prop up the Central League South table having taken just four points from their nine games.

Their only win of the season came back in February, when they beat Forest Green Rovers 2-1 in a Gloucestershire derby.

The Robins have scored 11 goals in the Central League South this term while conceding 31.

LAST TIME OUT!
MK Dons returned to the summit of the Central League South table courtesy of a 5-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers.

It was the second successive game that the Dons had hit five, with their scoring getting underway early on through Robbie Simpson.

Dylan Asonganyi put the game beyond doubt with a 16-minute hat-trick before Simpson added a second goal to take the Dons’ tally to five. Rovers added a consolation in stoppage time.

Cheltenham Town were beaten 4-3 by Southend United in a seven-goal thriller in Essex.

The Robins led 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining but saw their lead slip away, with the host’s winning goal coming in injury time.

TEAM NEWS!
MK Dons have usually named strong line-ups for their Central League South fixtures this term, with those not involved in first-team action usually featuring.

That list this afternoon could include the likes of Stuart Moore, Ryan Watson, Lawson D’Ath and Robbie Simpson, who could play alongside a number of young professionals and Academy starlets.

Team news will be confirmed on the Match Centre and Twitter at 12pm.

FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Supporters will be able to keep up to speed with the action on the Match Centre from midday. A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com at full time.

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Match Reports

Under-23s beaten by Cheltenham

Youthful Dons side beaten comfortably by strong Robins outfit...

26 March 2019

A youthful MK Dons gave a spirited account of themselves against a strong Cheltenham Town outfit but, in the end, were resoundingly beaten 7-0 for their only their second Central League South loss of the campaign.

Edu Rubio named a young starting XI which included only four professionals - one of which was Dylan Asonganyi, who was fresh from scoring a 16-minute hat-trick for the Reserves in their last outing at home to Forest Green Rovers.

His team fell behind early to a goal from one of Cheltenham’s two trialists, who converted from a cross sent in from the left. 1-0.

Jay Bird almost restored parity straight from kick-off but his low shot was saved by goalkeeper Rhys Lovett, diving left towards his near post. Bird had another opportunity on 12 minutes with a header from a Matt Sorinola free-kick which he sent over.

Asonganyi then found himself in a race to the penalty area but Cheltenham defender Jordan Forster recovered well to hold him up and allow teammates to return to their positions - one of whom got in the way of the striker’s eventual shot.

MK Dons then put together two neat attacking moves which, although lacking in end product, appeared to give the young side some belief.

First of all, Sole did well down the left before switching play over to Charlie Pattison, whose deep cross was claimed by the goalkeeper above Asonganyi.

Then, Finn Tapp sent a delightful ball forward to Sorinola, who brought the pass down on his chest and moved into the area. He received a call from Bird and found him with a cutback - the striker, though, sent his first-time effort over the bar.

Rubio’s side looked to be edging closer to an equaliser but on the half-hour mark they saw their deficit doubled by George Lloyd, who raced onto a through pass from Will Dawes and finished confidently past Jones. 2-0.

Sole, who was having a bright afternoon down the left wing, was involved as the Dons went in search of a way back into the match before half-time. He was brought down on the edge of the area after some neat footwork but Matt Sorinola bent the free-kick wide of the right post.

There would be another goal before the break but it went the way of the home side - Lloyd scoring his second from a Bingham through pass, just a minute prior to the whistle. 3-0.

Rubio made just the one change to his side at the break, replacing Bird with Delsin Ackom but his team conceded a fourth three minutes into the second period when Conor Thomas converted from the penalty spot following a handball in the area. 4-0.

The Robins added a fifth shortly before the hour mark when Bingham rounded Jones and converted from a tight angle, despite Jamal Sule’s best efforts to deny him. 5-0.

Sorinola and Sole both had chances to reduce the arrears but couldn’t find a way past Lovett.

Cheltenham then scored their sixth and seventh goals of the game, with Lloyd and Bingham both completing their hat-tricks - the former volleying home from close-range and the latter rounding Jones before slotting into an empty net. 7-0.

"It was men against boys," Edu Rubio said after the match. "We always knew it was going to be a difficult game in terms of the scoreline. We knew it was going to be similar to what happens on the training ground when the youth team helps out our first-team’s starting XI with their match preparation.

"Despite the scoreline, it was satisfying to see three under-17s have an opportunity to play 90 minutes for the Reserves, and also the entire youth team play against seasoned professionals, who are probably six or seven years ahead of them in terms of experience."

Starting XI: Jones; Sule (Robinson 62), Tapp, Brennan; Sorinola, Kasumu, Wright, Pattison, Sole; Bird (Ackom 46), Asonganyi.

Unused subs: Rose, Leach.

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