MK Dons booked their place in the Quarter Finals of the Berks and Bucks FA Senior Cup courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Wantage Town at Alfredian Park.
Brandon Thomas-Asante scored either side of half-time for Edu Rubio’s side before substitute Jenson Wright added a third and final goal to seal the win with nine minutes remaining.
Rubio’s side included seven professionals, including goalkeeper Wieger Sietsma and forwards Thomas-Asante and Aidan Nesbitt. The rest of the squad included Under-18s, fresh from their FA Youth Cup victory over Long Eaton United.
Dylan Asonganyi scored in that 2-1 FA Youth Cup win last week and he had an early chance to get on the scoresheet in this game but, after latching onto a through pass from Thomas-Asante, he dragged a right-footed shot wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
The two combined again moments later as Asonganyi almost turned provider for Thomas-Asante. Asonganyi’s neat footwork set him free into the area but his low cross was just out of his strike partner’s reach.
Wantage offered their first threat on the quarter hour mark - Jack Dunmall with the chance but his deflected effort was comfortable for Wieger Sietsma.
MK Dons went straight back on the attack and Thomas-Asante came within an inch of converting from Nesbitt’s teasing cross.
The MK Dons forward wasn’t to be denied on 20 minutes, though, as after a run into the area, he drilled a low shot under the Wantage goalkeeper for the opening goal of the tie. 0-1.
Rubio’s side went about doubling their advantage after the re-start. Matthew Sorinola had an opportunity in the 26th minute following a brilliant run down the right from Asonganyi. The striker unselfishly teed up Sorinola but his effort was blocked by a defender.
Thomas-Asante then went close to adding a second first-half goal but his first-time shot from Finn Tapp’s excellent delivery hit the side netting.
With five minutes remaining in the half, Wantage striker Jim Glover was presented with a half-chance to draw his team level but failed to hit the target with a header.
A header at the other end almost saw the Dons’ advantage doubled but Oran Jackson’s attempt, from Aidan Nesbitt’s corner, flew wide.
The final opportunity of the first half came from Wantage midfielder Ryan Markham, who sent a free-kick over Sietsma’s crossbar minutes before the referee blew for the interval.
Rubio made two changes at the break, replacing Jamal Sule and Matthew Sorinola with Jay Bird and Delsin Ackom.
His side went close to an early second-half goal but Thomas-Asante’s half-volley was well saved by Curtis Meare. Asonganyi did brilliantly in the build-up to the chance, again beating his man down the right wing.
Wantage were then given a chance to equalise as they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the D. Matt Cheetham took the set-piece but couldn’t keep his shot down.
Brad Cox then headed over for the hosts before a goalkeeping mistake from Curtis Meare at the other end of the pitch almost handed Thomas-Asante a second - the Wantage goalkeeper, though, was able to gather at the second attempt.
Ten minutes into the half, Nesbitt forced Meare into a save with a fierce right-footed strike from 25-yards out.
Charlie Pattison then blazed over on the edge of the area before MK Dons doubled the lead through Thomas-Asante, who curled home his second of the afternoon after collecting Nesbitt’s pass. 0-2.
MK Dons’ third and final goal arrived with nine minutes remaining. Wright, who had impressed after replacing Pattison, got a goal to reflect his display - finding the far corner on the rebound from his initial effort which was saved onto the post. 0-3.
Wright's goal put the icing on what was a dominant display from Rubio's side who will now have a Last 8 tie to look forward to.
Starting XI: Sietsma; Sule (Bird 46), Jackson (c), Tapp; Sorinola (Ackom 46), Kasumu, Pattison (Wright 67), Brennan; Nesbitt; Thomas-Asante, Asonganyi.
Unused subs: Jones, Martin.
Goals: Thomas-Asante (20, 76), Wright (81)