Sam Nombe was on target for MK Dons Under-23s in their Central League Cup victory over Southend United, while Rhys Healey made his return to match action after three months sidelined.
Nombe, making his third appearance since recovering from a knee injury, struck after just nine minutes while Brennan Dickenson netted a second-half brace to secure the Dons' first Central League win of the campaign.
MK Dons named a strong Under-23 side for their Central League Cup clash with Southend United – with Rhys Healey earning his first minutes since September 7th.
There was minutes for suspended duo George Williams and Baily Cargill, who were partnered in defence by Matthew Sorinola and Finn Brennan.
Elsewhere, Stuart Moore, Jordan Bowery, Brennan Dickenson and David Kasumu all started with Under-18 John Freeman also involved from the off.
The first chance of the game fell the way of MK Dons just three minutes into the encounter when Sorinola’s low cross towards Nombe caused the Southend back line trouble.
Healey had his first sight of goal with six minutes on the clock. He was found by Brennan’s whipped cross before he headed narrowly over the bar.
The Dons dominance in possession soon turned into a goal as Sam Nombe pounced on a loose pass before coolly finishing past Callum Taylor on the 10-minute mark. 1-0.
The goal kicked Southend into action O’Shane Stewart dragged wide from the edge of the box.
Soon after, Harry Phillips was denied by Cargill’s block, before Matt Rush fired wide from range.